Emma-Louise's love for travel began with summers spent in long car journeys to Devon and Cornwall. After university she moved to Canada where she soon fell in love with poutine, ice hockey, maple syrup, whale watching and Timbits, and got used to even longer car journeys.

She began her career in the travel industry organising working holiday visas and flights, and has most recently worked for a tour operator, specialising in Canadian and polar itineraries.

Emma-Louise enjoys adding new destinations to her collection of experiences and has travelled extensively through Europe, Central Asia and North America, picking up ideas for new cake recipes as she goes.


Q: Favourite city:

A: Toronto will forever be my favourite city, although I might be biased because I've lived and worked there! In contrast to London it's so relaxed. You can visit any corner of the globe in one day via the huge variety of neighbourhoods and food outlets. To the average visitor it's "just another city" but explore and open your mind, and you will be rewarded!

Q: Favourite country:

A: Kyrgyzstan is pretty amazing. I had no expectations but found everything a pleasant surprise, from the friendliness of the people to the ever changing scenery to the huge banquets of food. I'm not one for camping but staying in a yurt with a local family was an unforgettable experience which pushed me out of my comfort zone.

Q: Favourite meal:

A: You'd struggle to have a bad meal in Italy, all my various favourite gelato and pizza memories are from there!

Q: Most memorable journey:

A: Hurtling round a blind corner in Tajikistan, heading towards oncoming traffic and in the direction of a deep canyon. Just as I became certain we would imminently sail over the edge to a fiery death, our driver slammed on the brakes, screeching to a halt centimetres from the cliff, screaming "PHOTO STOP!" Less dramatically, the train journeys in Sri Lanka (notably Nuwara Eliya-Ella) are legendary for the open doors and stunning scenery.

Q: Favourite travel advice:

A: Embrace things which don't go as planned because it could lead to unexpected adventures. For example, my flight to Mykonos was diverted to Athens overnight because it was too windy to land. The airline put us up in the best hotel with a view of the Acropolis from the rooftop bar over breakfast. Not the worst start to a holiday!

Q: Next on must-see list:

A: Everywhere is on my list, but currently thinking most about Taiwan, Lebanon, Cuba, Iran and Japan.

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