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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22nd July 2021 by Emily Luxton

9 fun and unusual things to do in Mallorca

Many people think of Mallorca as simply a sun, sea, and all-inclusive-resort kind of destination. But there is so much more to this Balearic beauty – so it’s well worth seeking out some of the more unusual things to do in Mallorca while you’re there. With the Balearic Islands looking like one of the safest candidates for travel later this year, you might be thinking of planning a trip to Mallorca. Obviously, keep an eye on all the rules and check the latest updates before booking...

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6th July 2021 by Emily Luxton

Wild Wellness Retreat in Wales with Adventure Tours UK

Are you as bad as I am at slowing down and just relaxing? Life has been pretty chaotic lately, and stress has been building up. So the thought of doing a wellness retreat in the UK was really appealing. And the Wild Wellness Retreat from Adventure Tours UK sounded PERFECT for me. Four days of glamping in North Wales, on a small group tour packed with gentle activities like yoga and paddlebarding… yes please!...

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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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25th June 2021 by Emily Luxton

Harry Potter train in Scotland: How to see + ride the Hogwarts Express!

Did you know that you can see the train from the Harry Potter movies in Scotland? The REAL LIFE Hogwarts Express! You’ll find it up in the West Highlands, running from Fort William to Mallaig and back. This is a blog post that combines three of my biggest passions. Travel, train rides, and Harry Potter! I am such an unbelievable Potter nerd, so when I realised I was just down the road from the railway used in the movies on my recent trip to Scotland, I HAD to pay a visit....

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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....