Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a former magazine journalist who now works as a writer, copywriter and communications consultant—sometimes for NGOs, other times as a freelancer. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, I have been on the road since 2015.
How I got started travelling
This chapter of my travel journey—and the origins of this blog—can be traced back to Thailand. After graduating from my masters program, my partner and I quit our day jobs (mine was actually a night job) and bought one-way tickets to Chiang Mai, where we ended up living for six months. Our intention was to travel for as long as possible and see as much of the world as we could. Almost four years later, our plans have chopped and changed significantly, but we’re still on the road and managing to hold down careers while we travel.
In 2016, we had a change of pace and spent the year living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, while I worked for a local NGO in public health. I got the chance to travel extensively through the country, cementing my love for Southeast Asia. In 2017, I spent another three months freelancing while travelling through the Caucasus—Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. We both fell hard for this part of the world and I can’t wait to be back there again.
In August 2017, we relocated again—this time to Hanoi, Vietnam, where I took up a job with a government agency working on women’s empowerment. As of January 2019, we are currently on a 10-month trip around the Balkans.
Why I travel
Everyone has their own motivations (and justifications) for why they travel. Four years of travelling and living in Southeast Asia has changed me as a person in more ways than I ever could have imagined. So to have my reasons for committing to long-term travel changed considerably.
At the end of the day, what drives me is a deep sense of curiosity and a passion for learning about different cultures. I am also a strong believer in the power of responsible tourism to inspire positive change in the lives of individuals and communities.
Read more about my Travel Philosophy.
Wander-Lush started out like many other travel blogs: As a journal of sorts where I would share personal stories, document handicrafts (I’m obsessed with textiles and weaving!), and post photos I took on my mobile phone. Over time, my passion project has morphed into a business—but I’ve never let go of my love for storytelling. It’s easy to get bogged down in the world of SEO, photo editing and social media marketing. I always try to balance the business of blogging against the reasons I started Wander-Lush in the first place. I can only hope that comes through in my writing.
I now focus my energies on practical content that will help other travellers. I am especially interested in using my skills to promote less-touristed destinations around the world where tourism can have a positive impact. I advocate for responsible tourism and cultural immersion, and enjoy partnering with like-minded businesses and organisations that share my vision.
Whenever I can, I still try to write about the topics I’m most passionate about: Urban exploration, architecture, fashion, textiles, and all things handmade using my three content pillars—colour, culture and creativity—as a guide.
Work with me
Get in touch: emily[at]wander-lush.org