Emily Luxton

Emily's travel blog focuses on solo female travel, but anyone with a spirit of adventure will love her fun style and "deep travel" philosophy. She's visited over 50 countries, documenting her travels in posts, pics and videos. A definite Travelscoop favourite!

Emily Luxton

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18th June 2021 by Emily Luxton

Jacobite Express: Riding the Harry Potter Train in Scotland

Did you know you can ride the REAL-LIFE Hogwarts Express in Scotland? Well, almost. The Jacobite Express is often known as the Harry Potter train, because it runs on the railway which was used to film the train scenes in the movies. Plus the first-class compartment carriages were used to film the interior train scenes, so it really is just like riding the Hogwarts Express. AND the train crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, which was used in an iconic scene when Ron almost crashes...

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14th May 2021 by Emily Luxton

Why Wales’ beautiful sacred spots should be next on your travel list

With all the restrictions and uncertainty, it feels like overseas travel might still be off the cards for a while. Which means many of us are likely to spend this spring and summer exploring more of the UK instead. But if this pandemic has taught me anything, it’s to appreciate the beauty of my home country a whole lot more! So, I’m planning all kinds of exciting adventures across the UK for the next few months. One place I can’t wait to explore a bit more of is Wales, somewhere I really...

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14th May 2021 by Emily Luxton

14+ of the best things to do in Cardiff – A local’s guide

Cardiff has just about everything you could want from a capital city. From a busy nightlife, to friendly pubs and cafes, to beautiful parks just a stone’s throw from the city’s lively shopping centre, the Welsh capital has so much to offer for locals and holiday-makers alike. And maybe that’s why it’s quite so popular with tourists. In 2018, Cardiff Castle saw more than 400,000 visitors pass through the castle gates....

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27th April 2021 by Emily Luxton

19 of the very best places to visit in Northern Ireland

There are so many amazing places to visit in Northern Ireland! Epic coastal road trips, cute seaside towns, scenic countryside villages, and rolling mountain ranges… there is simply so much to discover. Plus there are eight Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB’s) to choose from, so when it comes to stunning landscapes and wildlife you’re spoilt for choice. Then there are the historic towns and cities, the rich history, and lively local legends. Expect a warm and welcoming culture,...

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1st April 2021 by Emily Luxton

6 of the very best places to visit in Kathmandu

A place where Hinduism collides harmoniously with Buddhism, Kathmandu is the largest city and the capital of Nepal. Known as the “City of Temples” and home to dozens of incredible places to visit, Kathmandu is an enigmatic and wild city that should be on every traveller’s wish list. Kathmandu is a city unlike any other. Unique, chaotic, and crazy, this is a place where cultures collide. The eclectic mix of architectures, cuisines, and influences can feel overwhelming, but there’s a...

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26th March 2021 by Emily Luxton

Edogawa Fireworks Festival – Blown away in Tokyo!

I attended the Edogawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo a couple of years ago. This is my write up of the experience… Slowly, it dawns on me that this might be a bigger event than I imagined. With every stop eastwards, the crowd in the sticky train carriage thickens, until at Shinozaki Station we spill out into a press of people that drifts slowly out and upwards....

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26th March 2021 by Emily Luxton

23 of the best places to visit in South Wales

With this year set to be the year of more local travel, I’ve been busy showcasing some of the most amazing places in the UK. If you want to discover a few new places to visit, South Wales could be a brilliant place to start. Whether you’re looking for adventure, wildlife and nature, history and culture, or an exciting city break escape, the South of Wales has it all!...

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12th March 2021 by Emily Luxton

19 of the absolute best places to visit in North Wales

This year, many of us are planning holidays a little closer to home. I’ve always been a big advocate for UK travel, so I couldn’t be happier! If you want to explore a few new places, this guide to the best places to visit in North Wales is full of awesome recommendations. I asked locals and top travel bloggers for their favourite must-visit spots! From the wild and rugged landscapes of Snowdonia National Park, to quaint villages and pretty seaside towns, there are a lot of incredible gems...

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21st January 2021 by Emily Luxton

11 of the best things to do in Inverness – A Local’s Guide

If you’re thinking of visiting the Scottish Highlands, you’re probably thinking of mountains, lochs, and amazing views. And it’s true, all those things are guaranteed with a Highland break. Yet you shouldn’t miss the chance to head to Inverness – popularly thought of as the capital of the Scottish Highlands. You may well be surprised by the range of activities and attractions it has tucked away....

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21st January 2021 by Emily Luxton

7 reasons Murcia is the perfect city break for 2021

A few years ago, I visited Murcia – a gorgeous city in the south-east of Spain – and instantly fell for its peaceful, leafy streets and eclectic old town centre. Murcia is a perfect city break destination for people who don’t usually enjoy cities. The historic centre, with its tranquil streets and incredible architecture, has the feel of a small town. And the surrounding landscapes make for some brilliant day trips to enjoy the region’s coast or countryside....

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21st January 2021 by Emily Luxton

18+ things to do in Westminster, London – A Local’s Guide

Westminster is the iconic seat of power in London, serving the UK as a whole. With snapshot images of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, it’s easy to feel you know it, even if you haven’t been here. Whilst the infamous Westminster sights undoubtedly dominate Westminster’s character, what they don’t do is take you deeper into this borough of London....

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21st January 2021 by Emily Luxton

9 of the best day trips from Murcia

Colourful, beautiful, and surprisingly tranquil… the city of Murcia in the south-east of Spain is ideal for anyone looking to escape the crowds of cities like Barcelona and Madrid. And with dozens of excellent day trips nearby, Murcia is great for combining the culture of a city break with a trip to the coast or countryside....