In May, Katy MacMillan-Scott embarked on the first leg of an epic walk across Europe which will eventually take her 2,500 miles from Rotterdam to Istanbul, following the footsteps of travel writer Paddy Leigh Fermor.
El Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimages that lead to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the place where the apostle Saint James the Great was allegedly buried. I was a recently single woman, who had never travelled alone before, so I decided to walk El Camino by myself.
So when the guys at POW got in touch I was intrigued. For me, travel and music go hand in hand. I even take it to the nerdiest level of creating destination themed Spotify playlists for my travels! Plus, my current Bluetooth speaker, as much as it had served me so well, was looking a bit tired and clunky.
Anyone who tuned in to BBC Two’s ‘Race Across the World’ will surely have been hooked from day one. It’s hard not to have a favourite couple throughout this epic adventure, and I loved Natalie and Shameema’s can-do attitude, and how their personalities and support for one another carried them through to the finish post in Singapore. In this episode, we talk about what kind of lessons they learned along the way, being stranded in The Caspian Sea for 5 days, hiring a tandem to reach the checkpoint in Uzbekistan, coping with a lack of sleep, and Natalies challenges and anxieties about unwanted attention in certain countries because of the colour of her skin.
I pulled together some of the best quotes about travel and adventure, to inspire you to simply book that ticket and take that trip! As Helen Keller said: ‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all'.’
Emily Luxton is a full time travel writer and blogger. Originally from Weymouth, on the South coast of England, Emily has been writing for 7 years, and her focus is all about deeper travel and how we can all have more immersive experiences, rather than passing through, ticking the big sights off the list!