One Week in Costa Rica โ€“ Livinโ€™ La Pura Vida

NEW! My Week in Costa Rica

Come see exactly what I got up to in the land of pura vida ๐Ÿ˜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

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Just had the BEST week in Leon - what an amazing start to my time in #Nicaragua ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ˜„

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 ๐Ÿ˜„ 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.)

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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 ๐Ÿ˜„). 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚). I've just had the most amazing shower of my entire life and now I think I've earned a pretty humongous lunch...

LP Pathfinders: top instagrams from September 2017 โ€“ Lonely Planet blog

Wahoo! My Arenal Volcano photo was chosen by Lonely Planet as one of their top instagrams from last month ๐Ÿ˜„

Taken on the #BACostaRica17 trip with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways!

In search of stories: How to travel like a travel writer | Adventure.com

"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

A Chocolate Masterclass at Shangri-La The Shard for Chocolate Week

NEW! A very special chocolate masterclass at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.

Come check out what I made for #NationalChocolateWeek ๐Ÿ˜Š

7 Reasons to Stay in San Jose - Things to do in the Underrated Capital

NEW! 7 Reasons to Stay in San Josรฉ - 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA #spon

Today is my last day in Costa Rica ๐Ÿ˜” Next stop, Nicaragua ๐Ÿ˜„ 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 ๐Ÿ˜„ bring it on!

Tips for Choosing a Backpack for Travel

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

22 Best Places to Visit in England That Travel Bloggers Love - Hostelworld

Check out my recommendations on this fab round up of the best places in England from Hostelworld. So many pretty spots ๐Ÿ˜Š

100 Top Travel Blogs That Will Make You Want To Adventure The World

Woohoo - just found myself on this list of the top 100 travel blogs. Thanks Showaround ๐Ÿ˜Š

Asquith Adores Blogger Awards Survey

Love my blog? Please spare a second to vote for me in the Asquith Adores Blogger Awards - and you could win yourself a ยฃ200 voucher ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 ๐Ÿ’œ

I spent a luxuriously lazy 20 hours completely on my own, just listening to the sounds of the jungle and enjoying my own space ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿƒ 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 ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜„

Everyone needs a little alone time now and then!

#CostaRica

September Travel Round Up

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!

Best Things to do in Naples - A Travel Guide

NEW! Naples Travel Guide

After my amazing weekend with the #NaplesToday project, I've bundled all my tips into one massive travel guide. Focusing on culture, food, and art - this is everything you have to eat, see and do in Naples! #spon

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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

Baby sloths at Jaguar Rescue Centre, Costa Rica

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.

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I've been a bit quiet this week because I needed some serious chill time after our week of crazy fun with #BACostaRica17 ๐Ÿ˜„ But here's a rough glimpse of what I've been up to in Cahuita and Puerto Viejo over the last few days...

Bregenzerwald โ€“ Culture, Art and Architecture in Rural Austria

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

Eat Your Way Around the World with City Kitchen

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

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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

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

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!

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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 ๐Ÿ’” 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒด

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!

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board British Airways

Costa Rica is just so beautiful ๐Ÿ’š Our last stop in Arenal today was La Fortuna waterfall, and it was so worth the climb down ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ˜Š

"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

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

Zip lining in front of an active volcano with Costa Rica Sky Adventures. So. Much. Fun ๐Ÿ˜„

Exploring Arenal with Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways and having an absolute blast. Follow along on Insta stories too, I'm @em_luxton there.

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

Peddle boarding on an enormous lake in front of an active volcano = dream Wednesday morning ๐Ÿ˜„ Costa Rica I love you!

With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways ๐Ÿ˜Š #BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

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Fun filled couple of days in Tortuguero at Pachira Lodge ๐Ÿ’š

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 ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ™Š๐ŸฆŽ 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 ๐Ÿข AND we saw some babies hatching and making their way down to the sea ๐Ÿ’š We weren't allowed any lights except an infra-red torch so I have no photos, but the experience was absolutely incredible!

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

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We're in the jungle baby! ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ˜Š

Hopped on a teeny tiny little 12 seater plane this morning to fly to Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast ๐ŸŒด 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 ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ’š Costa Rica is too awesome!

With Visit Costa Rica - The Costa Rica Tourism Board and British Airways

#BACostaRica17 #FlyBA

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Welcome to Costa Rica ๐Ÿ˜

Spent the morning exploring San Josรฉ 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 ๐Ÿ˜„

#BACostaRica17

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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

6 Reasons to Visit Bregenz

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

Adventure Blogs - Adventure Stories - An Adventurous World

WAHOO ๐Ÿ˜„ 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

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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 Kalรฒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜„

Head over to my Insta stories to see behind the scenes: https://instagram.com/em_luxton

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Oh yes Naples ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ›ต

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

Why You Should Go to Victorious Festival Next Year - VickyFlipFlopTravels

LOVING this post by VickyFlipFlopTravels all about Victorious Festival in Southsea. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN ๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽ‰

Timeline Photos

Ladies watching a cremation at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต This is a throwback to my #Nepal trip earlier this year - I really fell I love with that vibrant culture ๐Ÿ˜ #pashupatinath #htm2017

6 of the Coolest Museums in New York City

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 ๐Ÿ˜†

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:

https://www.instagram.com/em_luxton - FOLLOW ME ๐Ÿคฉ

17 Things to do in Nepal that Aren't Trekking

NEW POST - 17 Things to do in Nepal That Aren't Trekking

Because there's so much more to #Nepal than the Himalayas and long hikes! #htm2017

What was the first country you ever visited (outside your own)?

August Travel Round Up

HUGE announcement in today's post - where I'm headed next ๐Ÿ˜„โœˆ๏ธ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

That's right, I'm grabbing my backpack and running away again for at least the next three months ๐Ÿ˜„ Come find out where...

Emily Luxton Travels

Sharing this video of Mexico's amazing pink lakes again. Because pink lakes do not get old, do they?! #mexico

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Awesome weekend of fun in the sun at Victorious Festival with Globalhelpswap and VickyFlipFlopTravels โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ˜„

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 ๐Ÿ˜„). #itsalwayssunnyinsouthsea

Meghauli Serai Lodge - A Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park

NEW POST!! All about my time in Chitwan with Meghauli Serai & Taj Safaris Jungle Lodge, Chitwan

Thanks Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris ๐Ÿ˜ #htm2017

National Geographic Travel

This is amazing ๐Ÿ˜

6 of the Best Portable Speakers for Travel

NEW POST! Do you have a favourite portable speaker for travel?

American Tourister Bon Air Review

NEW POST! My review of the American Tourister Bon Air suitcase.

I've found the one ๐Ÿ˜

10 Photogenic Places in the UK to Spend Your August Bank Holiday Weekend

Looking for somewhere to escape to this weekend? This post is for you...

Talk Touring

Skiing enthusiast? Find out about all the best events in Val d'Isere this winter with Mark Warner .