Emily Luxton is a writer, blogger and travel enthusiast from the south coast of England. Her blog, www.emilyluxton.co.uk, Wanderlust Magazine’s Travel Blog of the Year 2014, blends her own narrative travel stories with reviews and how-to guides, as well as the popular weekly Me with Monkeyinterview feature Postcard From. Emily’s latest online venture, BackpackSouthAmerica.co.uk, is an in-depth guide to travelling South America on a backpacker budget, and includes reviews, informative guides, walking routes, and packing lists. Her work has been published in many online publications, such as Rosetta Stone’s #Milestones blog and Boots N All Travel Blog, and she has won numerous travel writing competitions including Barcelona Points and The Works’ On the Road Reading Moments. Emily recently completed a five month trip backpacking around South America, and favours a slow, long-term travel style over collecting passport stamps.

About Backpack South America

Backpack South America is a new travel blog dedicated to providing detailed, up-to-date and accurate information about travelling South America on a backpacker’s budget. All advice comes from real travel bloggers who have actually travelled in South America and can provide real and relevant advice that doesn’t come tainted by tour companies or influenced by guide book sales.

Tips are based on a “typical” backpacker budget – but we’re aware that budgets, travel styles and preferences vary from traveller to traveller. So, we’ll also try to feature tips with both the super-frugal traveller, and the “flashpacker”, in mind.

You can navigate to the around the site using the menu at the top. Here’s a short breakdown of the sections:

Destination Guides – What to do, where to eat, who to see, and where to stay- and how much it will cost!

How-to guides – How to get to destinations, how to cross borders, how to beat altitude sickness, how to DIY trips without tour guides. Anything and everything you might need need to know about specific trips or destinations, basically.

Reviews – Hostel, restaurant, tour company, and product reviews – all by travellers, for travellers, so you know you can trust them. No hotels are submitting their own reviews to bump up the Hostel World ratings here!

Packing Lists – Advice on what, how, and how much to pack – not just by country or destination, but also for specific trips and tours, such as the Inca Trail.

Hiking and walking guides – Soon, we’ll be incorporating a section of detailed routes and walking guides around cities and other destinations, and hiking guides for routes in popular outdoor destination. Guides to save you from forking out needlessly for tour guides on hikes you can easily do alone.

Understand – Posts all about the continent itself, covering topics like learning the language, cuisine, budget, and what to read and watch to really get to know South America.

Photo Friday – Every week, we’ll include a photo from somewhere in South America, whether it’s an iconic sight, a portrait, a landscape, or a wildlife snap. If you have a great image you want featured, email it to hello@backpacksouthamerica.com with the subject Photo Friday.

Want to write for Backpack South America?

We need new experts to write guest posts. Please see this page on Guest Posting with Backpack South America for more information about what we’re looking for.

Have a Question about South America?

We’re very happy to answer any questions or expand on anything you need to know. We’ll ever write a specially tailored blog post for you! Just check out this post about the Your Questions Answered section, and drop us an email on hello@backpacksouthamerica.com.

Interested in advertising on Backpack South America?

You’ll reach a fast-growing audience of travellers interested in South America. Contact us at hello@backpacksouthamerica.com for more information.


  1. Another great blog, Emily! Thanks a lot for connecting with us on Twitter! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

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