NEW! My Week in Costa Rica
Come see exactly what I got up to in the land of pura vida 😁Such a fun trip with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways. Can we all go back now please?
#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA #spon
Just had the BEST week in Leon - what an amazing start to my time in #Nicaragua 🇳🇮😄
I've climbed volcanoes (and boarded down them), I've beached, I've drank far too much rum, I've even danced salsa (sort of. Not really). Leon was awesome but it wouldn't have been half as awesome without Serendipity Hostels and Volcano Day. Making friends with locals and being shown the city and dragged onto the dance floor with them has made this week SO much fun 😄 My Spanish has even improved thanks to the gorgeous Claudia at Serendipity!
Already decided I'm coming back right here as soon as I can. Save a bed for me guys!
(None of this was sponsored btw.)
Yesterday I climbed not one but TWO active volcanoes! It's been the most incredible adventure....
I hiked up and boarded down Cerro Negro with Volcano Day (SO. MUCH. FUN 😄). Then hiked up Telica for sunset, looked down into the smoke and lava of the very active crater, and camped overnight in the middle of the most insane thunderstorm I've ever seen. This morning we woke up at 5am to watch the sunrise with campfire coffee before hiking back down and riding back into Leon for a well deserved beer!
It's been so much fun but also incredibly tough (and stinky 😂). I've just had the most amazing shower of my entire life and now I think I've earned a pretty humongous lunch...
Wahoo! My Arenal Volcano photo was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of their top instagrams from last month 😄
Taken on the #BACostaRica17 trip with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways!
"Once we take that step out of our comfort zone, something else happens: We open our hearts and minds to a destination; we throw down our guard; render ourselves vulnerable. We drop the ego."
Top tips for choosing the right backpack! Loving this fab infographic from St Christopher's Inns, which has input from a bunch of travel experts. What's YOUR favourite travel backpack?
Check out the full blog post here: https://www.st-christophers.co.uk/travel-tips/blogs/2017/a-backpackers-guide-to-buying-a-backpack
#stchostels #backpackguide #spon
NEW! A very special chocolate masterclass at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.
Come check out what I made for #NationalChocolateWeek 😊
NEW! 7 Reasons to Stay in San José - Why this should be more than just a stopover city!
Check out my favourite fun discoveries in the Costa Rican capital, with British Airways and Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board 😊
#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA #spon
Today is my last day in Costa Rica 😔 Next stop, Nicaragua 😄 YAY!
A couple of timing issues (aka, me not managing my time well) have meant that I've had to change plans a tiny bit. So I'll be flying into Managua in the north of Nicaragua, working my way down through the country, and then flying up to Mexico City on the 24th ready to start the next chapter.
Stay tuned for the Nicaragua posts because it's going to be amazing. Volcano boarding, lakes, hiking, maybe surfing... all sorts 😄 bring it on!
NEW! Choosing the Best Backpack for Travel
I've teamed up with St Christopher's Inns to bring you a few of my top tips for choosing a backpack - along with my personal favourite backpack recommendations.
But I want to know - what's your favourite backpack for long term travel? And do you have any pro trips I've missed? Come share in the comments and help out those future travellers...
#stchostels #backpackguide #spon
Check out my recommendations on this fab round up of the best places in England from Hostelworld. So many pretty spots 😊
Woohoo - just found myself on this list of the top 100 travel blogs. Thanks Showaround 😊
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Last night I rented an amazing cabin in the jungle at La Ceiba, the release station which the Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation uses to rehabilitate rescued animals back into the wild 💜
I spent a luxuriously lazy 20 hours completely on my own, just listening to the sounds of the jungle and enjoying my own space 🌴🍃 I also made friends with Jenny, the blind racoon who lives at the centre, and a pair of macaws who flew down to my balcony for a chat 🐦😄
Everyone needs a little alone time now and then!
NEW! September Travel Round Up
Everything I got up to this month (in brief) with all the highlights from Costa Rica so far. Come hit me with your Nicaragua recommendations for my next stop!
Everyday it's a new wildlife adventure here in Costa Rica! Yesterday I went on a night time forest tour at the Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation's release station.
I got an up close glimpse of how the foundation release their rescued animals (when possible) and got to meet some of the animals that were currently transitioning back to the wild.
We also saw a bunch of wildlife: mostly creepy crawlies, snakes, and frogs, including the iconic red eyed tree frog! Click into the photos if you want to see a couple of extra badass looking spiders! #CostaRica
WARNING - cuteness overload!!!!
Baby sloths learning to climb at the Jaguar Rescue Center Foundation this morning. Life = made. I might as well just go home now, there's no way Costa Rica can get any better!
So interesting to learn about how the centre is helping rescue and rehabilitate animals too. Almost all the orphaned sloths they take in get released back into the wild once they're mature enough and ready.
I've been a bit quiet this week because I needed some serious chill time after our week of crazy fun with #BACostaRica17 😄 But here's a rough glimpse of what I've been up to in Cahuita and Puerto Viejo over the last few days...
NEW! Culture, Art and Architecture in Bregenzerwald
It's not all ski slopes and hiking trails in rural Vorarlberg. The peaceful region of Bregenzerwald is also full of innovative design and surprising architecture. Come take a look at the highlights...
With Visit Austria and Urlaubsland Vorarlberg :) #UncoverAustria #spon
NEW POST! Eat Your Way Around the World with City Kitchen
I love The City Kitchen's katsu chicken curry, so when they asked if I wanted to try the whole range of course I said yes. Come check out the full #InspiredbyTravel range and see where your next lunch break could take you! #ad
Have you heard of pedal boarding? I hadn't until last week, when we hit Arenal lake with Pedal Board Costa Rica!
It's like a kind of cross between a SUP board and a step machine. You have a handleboard to hold onto and two pedals which you use to power the board. It takes some serious getting used to but it's SO much fun!
I loved exploring Arenal with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways. The lake and the volcano were so unbelievably beautiful and we had so much fun there :D
OK chicos y chicas, decision time...
I have exactly one month until I need to be in Mexico City to meet my friend and head down to Oaxaca for Dia de Los Muertos. And I have no idea what to fill that month with. So, where would you rather see me go:
- Stay in Costa Rica
- Panama and Costa Rica
- Nicaragua and Costa Rica
- Mad cap overland dash through Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala to Mexico with fewer stops and lots of buses
- Something totally different
Comment your suggestions and help me decide!
Today was the last day of our tour with Costa Rican Trails and I was genuinely gutted to say goodbye to such an awesome group of people 💔 Lucky for me I'm not heading home with the rest of the blogger group, because I'm now starting my own adventure in Latin America 😊
For our last stop we stayed at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, a stunning eco hotel in the cloud forest near San Ramon. We arrived to thick mist and drizzle, so I had no idea that such amazing views and rich greenery was awaiting me when I woke up 💚🌴
We had a nature filled morning exploring the hotel grounds. Hummingbirds, leaf cutter ants (which I have a new respect for after this trip) and meeting the cows at the hotel's own dairy farm. Such a cool experience - and a shame I couldn't stay longer!
Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board British Airways
Costa Rica is just so beautiful 💚 Our last stop in Arenal today was La Fortuna waterfall, and it was so worth the climb down 💦😊
"You don't climb the mountain so everyone can see you, you climb it so that you can see the world yourself" - Guru Sloth, 2017
(There were quotes all the way down the steps with inspirational quotes from Guru Sloth!)
With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways
Peddle boarding on an enormous lake in front of an active volcano = dream Wednesday morning 😄 Costa Rica I love you!
With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways 😊 #BACostaRica17 #FlyBA
Fun filled couple of days in Tortuguero at Pachira Lodge 💚
There are no roads, so we had to arrive by plane and explore the area by boat and kayak. We've seen so much wildlife in the last 24 hours 🍃🌴🙊🦎 This morning I got my wish and spotted a little group of baby caiman (see if you can spot it in the photos), and while we were kayaking yesterday we saw loads of monkeys, birds, and a basilisk lizard.
But the absolute highlight was last night after dark, when we were able to watch sea turtles building nests and laying eggs 🐢 AND we saw some babies hatching and making their way down to the sea 💚 We weren't allowed any lights except an infra-red torch so I have no photos, but the experience was absolutely incredible!
We're in the jungle baby! 🌴💚🍃😊
Hopped on a teeny tiny little 12 seater plane this morning to fly to Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast 🌴 We're staying at Pachira Lodge, Tortuguero, and it's amazing being so close to nature. All I can hear is bird calls right now!
Spent the morning exploring Tortuguero and swimming in the pool surrounded by gorgeous tropical birds. Now we're off kayaking to see some more wildlife, and tonight we're headed out to the beach to see if we can spot some hatching turtles 🐢💚 Costa Rica is too awesome!
With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways
Welcome to Costa Rica 😍
Spent the morning exploring San José city centre and the weekly farmers market. We're staying at the Hotel Grano de Oro,Costa Rica, which is absolutely stunning. And when the sun shines in the morning the city is so colourful. Absolutely loving it already and can't wait to head to the jungle tomorrow 😄
Naples is famous for its incredible, artisanal nativity scenes! When I visited last weekend with Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli, I had a look down the Via San Gregorio Armeno, a road jam-packed with sculptors and artists selling the most amazing, detailed, and beautiful sculptures.
They're all hand made and painted, and in Arte Ferrigno I was lucky enough to watch some of the artists in action! #NaplesToday
NEW POST! 6 Reasons to Visit Bregenz
This gorgeous city in Bodensee-Vorarlberg is really special! Nature, culture, and amazing modern architecture - there's so much to discover. Come find out why you need to add Bregenz to your must-visit list...
#uncoveraustria #bregenz #spon
WAHOO 😄 My amazing friend Macca, who used to be one third of A Brit and a Broad, has launched a fab new site! He takes the best photos of any travel blogger I know, so make sure you go check it out and show him some love!
Naples has been absolutely beautiful! This is the view from the roof terrace at Grand Hotel Oriente. Definitely one of the best breakfast views I've ever had - and one of the warmest welcomes I've ever had from the hotel staff too!
I have so many more photos to come from my #NaplesToday trip, so stay tuned! #spon
It's been a day of food and art here in #NaplesToday - and really is there any better way to get to know a city?!
Pizza at 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo, lots of interesting art at Museo MADRE, street food, beautiful buildings, and some really fascinating history and ancient art Museo Archeologico di Napoli. Yep, it's been awesome 😄
Head over to my Insta stories to see behind the scenes: https://instagram.com/em_luxton
Oh yes Naples 😍
Day one done and it's been bloody amazing! Walking tour of the historic centre with the lovely Francesca, followed by a vespa tour of the city's best sites with NapolinVespa Tour. Seriously, is there any better way to explore Naples than by vespa?! It was so, so fun and we got some incredible views of the city and Mount Vesuvius 😍🇮🇹🛵
All rounded by off by a genuinely amazing (and blooming massive) dinner at 50 Panino di Ciro Salvo. Pretty sure I'm going home about double the size, but it's definitely worth it! #NaplesToday
LOVING this post by VickyFlipFlopTravels all about Victorious Festival in Southsea. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN 🤩🎉
NEW POST! Six of the Coolest Museums in NYC
How many have you been to?
In case you missed the announcement in last week's round up post (http://bit.ly/2vKWDRn) - this weekend I'm off on my 11th trip of the year - Naples 😆
I'll be discovering all the best art and museums of the city with the #NaplesToday2017 project. And, of course, I'll be eating as much food as possible!!
Hit me up with your recommendations for this city - and stay tuned here and on Instagram to see what I get up to:
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HUGE announcement in today's post - where I'm headed next 😄✈️🎒🗺️
That's right, I'm grabbing my backpack and running away again for at least the next three months 😄 Come find out where...
Awesome weekend of fun in the sun at Victorious Festival with Globalhelpswap and VickyFlipFlopTravels ☀️🍦🥂😄
I'm saying goodbye to Southsea tomorrow after living here for four months, and I couldn't have asked for a better send off! Great tunes, lots of drinks, sunshine, seaside, and fab company. Makes me sad to be leaving but the next adventure is going to be EPIC (stay tuned this week to find out where I'm off next 😄). #itsalwayssunnyinsouthsea
NEW POST!! All about my time in Chitwan with Meghauli Serai & Taj Safaris Jungle Lodge, Chitwan
Thanks Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris 😍 #htm2017
This is amazing 😍
NEW POST! Do you have a favourite portable speaker for travel?
NEW POST! My review of the American Tourister Bon Air suitcase.
I've found the one 😍
Looking for somewhere to escape to this weekend? This post is for you...