This interview series feature interviews with travel bloggers and writers. If you are a travel blogger and a writer, and have something to share with and say to your readers, please get in touch with me at [email protected] I look forward to hearing from you!
In this first interview series, let us meet a full-time travel blogger Emily Luxton. I first noticed Emily Luxton on her weekly feature Postcard From, and then I learned that she and I are both kindred souls and prefer the same travel style- slow, long-term and deep travel. In this interview, Emily Luxton tells us about her life as a travel blogger and her tried-and-true advice to follow bloggers.
Welcome Emily! Could you please tell us about yourself, your blog, and your coming adventures?
Hi! I'm Emily and I blog at Emily Luxton Travels. It's a very personal blog about my journeys around the world, focusing on Deep Travel. I like to travel slowly when I can, and try to really get to know new destinations I visit through their culture and food, so my blog tends to be more geared towards that. I've just finished two months in Asia, where I explored Thailand and India, and now I have a few months of whirlwind trips coming up: Guatemala and Belize, Northern Ireland, Greece, Italy, Yorkshire, the Scilly Isles in England, Barcelona, and finally Stockholm in July. After that, I'm hopefully going to take a break for a month or two!
As a full-time travel blogger, what is your daily routine looks like when you are not traveling?
At the moment I'm always travelling. But when I am at home, a typical day is actually pretty boring. I wake up around 9am and start work at 10am. The first few hours are normally admin, answering emails and managing my social media accounts, making pins for Pinterest, and doing behind the scenes tech stuff on my blog to make sure it all runs smoothly. In the afternoons or evenings I write, edit photos, and schedule my posts. In between all that I spend time networking and trying to rustle up business and paid work. Even when I am on the road, there are at least two or three days every week that are the same; I blog full time which means even when I'm travelling I'm still working full time!
Given the perceptions that travel blogger is probably one of the best jobs in the world, what is your opinion?
Honestly, it really isn't one of the best jobs in the world. It's demanding, takes a lot of work, and doesn't pay all that well. Plus, if you love travelling, travel blogging can actually take away from that as you're constantly distracted and can never make the most of a trip. That being said, it is a very cool job – especially when you're invited on glamorous press trips or to swanky events – and if you love writing and blogging it can be really rewarding. Travel writing is my biggest passion in life, so for me, this is the best job in the world. But there are a lot of downsides that people don't consider; I'm on the road so much that I hardly ever see my family and friends, I have very little stability, and I own hardly any possessions. I honestly think that most people would truly hate doing what I do – but the important thing is that I love it!
What is the biggest pet peeve of yours?
People who take photos on their iPads or tablets. They're always in the way! In fact, I hate rudeness in general when it comes to photography; the people who push to the front or use their selfie sticks to get in front of your camera! Drives me crazy!
Travel blogger you would like to meeting in person and have a drink and a meal with?
My friend Gemma from Two Scots Abroad. We've known each other online for ages and work together on my Facebook group for travel bloggers (the Travel Blogger Social Media Sharing Group), but we've still never met in real life. I'd love to go for a drink with her and actually have a face to face chat!
If you could live anywhere in this world right now, aside from your homeland, which country you like to live?
Barcelona in Spain. I'm actually thinking of heading there this summer to live for a few months. I could also see myself living in Thailand for a few months; I fell in love with Chiang Mai while I was there and it really felt like home.
Apart from traveling, blogging and photographing, what is your dream job and why?
I would love to be a film director. I love the film industry and I've always ranked director right under travel writer in my list of dream jobs. You know the feeling when you leave the cinema after seeing a great movie? I'd love to be the one responsible for that!
Out of all the things you need to work on as a a full-time travel blogger (e.g. writing, photography, guest posts, social media and marketing, blog design and maintenance), which one is your least favorite?
I hate editing and uploading photos. I love the end result when I've made my photos look really good, but I hate how long it takes. Every post I write tends to have around five photos, and that means I have to go through hundreds of photos to choose the best ones, edit them, re-size them, and upload them. It takes as long as writing the actual post!
What are your words of wisdom to fellow travel bloggers?
Comparison is the thief of joy. Try not to look at other bloggers and compare yourself, because everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and no two blogs are the same. I used to obsess over what other people were doing, and wondering if I was blogging “right”. But most blogs are successful because of the personality of the blogger, and since your personality is unique your blog should be too. Also, if someone is more established than you, you can't worry about how much better they're doing; you need to focus on yourself and improving at your own pace. Don't compare your chapter one with someone else's chapter twenty, as the saying goes.
Thanks Emily for the interview. Enjoy your travels in Latin America and Europe!