Dreaming, travelling, writing ...
I'm Emily and I'm a writer based on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, where I cover slow travel and slow living for a range of international titles. For me, travel writing should bring the reader along for the ride, capturing a sense of place and engaging the senses. I'm interested in sights, sounds and smells in all their detail, as well as thoughtful insights, context, and honest advice about where to go and what to see and do.
I aim to share what I have experienced in the most poetic and readable way, to help readers love what I have loved, and to delve into the real life of Europe's most beautiful regions. It’s this real life that is most important to me. It's not about ticking off wish lists, but about getting to know a place. Slow travel is my passion. I believe in conscious travelling, supporting small local businesses and eating regional food, and getting about by the slowest means possible. I rarely fly - there's much more to be discovered when you go by train, boat or road.
Before moving to Arran, I lived in Zurich, Switzerland for ten years, where I reviewed luxury hotels for The Telegraph and wrote travel features about Switzerland and slow travel for titles including The Guardian, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller, easyJet Traveller, Discovery by Cathay Pacific, Time Out Switzerland, Preferred Travel Magazine, The Slow Lane by Inntravel and Hidden Scotland. I also updated the 'Luzern and Central Switzerland' and 'Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein' chapters of the second edition of Fodor's Essential Switzerland. I have a First Class Honours BA degree in Modern Languages (French and German), and have also lived in St. Tropez, France and Innsbruck, Austria.
On my blog I share places I have discovered in Scotland and write a monthly local's guide to Arran with my favourite recent finds.