Hello New Reader!
Firstly, congratulations for arriving at this website - whether you accidentally stumbled across it or were recommended by a friend. I've been posting here regularly since 2015 and there are hundreds of posts and adventure related articles. That's a whole lot of reading and it would be rude to send you off into the wilderness without providing a map. Never mind without introducing myself. Consider this page to be your map.
So hello, I'm Emily Woodhouse (or occasionally E.P. Woodhouse, in print), but you can just call me Emily. My main aim of this blog is to help you make your crazy adventure ideas into a reality. But this is an old-school sort of blog. We chat. It's not just full of listicles and press trips and sponsored reviews. Not that I don't ever do those. But I tell open and honest adventure stories, with all the behind the scenes. I try to be informative and I try to make you laugh. (I'll let you be the judge of my humour!)
As for who I am... I wear many hats. I am an award winning adventure travel writer and SEO specialist. I'm a freelance writer, a self-published author and a Guinness World Record holder. I'm a Mountain Leader, working towards my Winter ML. I've been in Mountain Rescue since 2015, when I was 22. Plus I'm the editor of Intrepid Magazine, a publication and community for female adventurers that I founded. If you want the full shaboodle - by which I mean, story - head over to my About Page.
But don't let all those accolades put you off. I'm just a Dartmoor girl who likes via ferratas and getting caught in the rain. No, but seriously. There are plenty enough people out there trying to seem epic. I have my moments of glory, but I like to keep things down to earth and practical. Also, you may have noticed that I quite like writing.
1. How to find your way around
The easiest way to to get around this site is to work out which flavour of reader you are. Once you're decided that, you can start off on a pathway through the site - and no doubt take a related post tangent at some point. But that's good. That's exploring. Here are a few ideas of where you might like to start:
⛰️ I want to Live Adventurously
Excellent. Have a look at the Living Adventurously category. You might also like to read Adventure Stories for some inspiration, or even some of the specific How To Guides. Or, if you're in the mood for vicarious armchair adventuring, have a look at my main Adventures page. It's a simple index of all the trips I've done and a great place to start exploring.
🚴♀️ I want to go on a Big Adventure
Depending on where you are on the Crazy Dream to Actually Happening scale, there's lots here to help out. Have a look at Big Adventures for some of the things I've done. Or, again, that main Adventures page for what I've done and what I'm up to right now. The Practical Advice section can help with the nuts and bolts of specific expeditions.
🤠 I want to Mix Adventure with Making a Living
So you want to be Indiana Jones, huh? (Actually, you can learn a lot from him!) Check out some Interviews I've done with people who combine adventure and a career. Also 3 Business Models for Adventurers is definitely worth a read.
🧐 I'm looking for something specific
Although I'm up for pretty much anything on the adventures front, I mostly cover mountains and cycling. Or, at least, the bulk of my trips seem to involve walking, camping, mountaineering, via ferrata or that sort of thing. Cycle touring is, in my humble opinion, the best way to travel and I've been doing it since teenage family holidays (I know, weird family).
If there's a specific place or route you're looking for, have a scroll down on the Adventures page to see where I've been and which routes I've completed. However, possibly the most useful thing for you is the search bar on the Blog homepage.
📚 Actually, I'm here about your writing
Hello fellow wordsmith :) I'm a little bit obsessed with writing and storytelling, so although this blog is mostly about adventure, I can't help but write about the craft sometimes too. The Writing category has got the whole lot.
It is 100% allowed to open all of these links at the same time! I would.
Prefer to listen over reading?
I've got a podcast just for you. This is not a traditional podcast. Think of it as more like the audiobook version of my blog! Or you can check out my YouTube channel - featuring useful how-to guides and adventure movies. Subscribe for new content as it comes.
2. What to expect around here
But before you head off, there are a few things you might like to know about the kind of people we are around here. And maybe some questions about the kind of content to expect.
How I roll
For want of a better phrase....
- I'm an analogue girl - I sit firmly in the map and compass camp. Apparently it's becoming unusual to do all your navigating with a map and compass, but I have no clue how to use a GPS. And just generally, I prefer things that require less screen time and fancy technology. I didn't get a smart phone until 2019 and my main phone is still a brick.
- Dirtbag DIY-er at heart - my gaiters are scruffy and covered in patches. I still use kit I got when I was 13. That Rab jacket of mine on the home page photo is ten years old and has never been washed... There is a place for flashy, new and exciting gear. I certainly like my kit to be able to take a beating. Buy once and keep forever. But I am a huge believer in fixing, mending, altering and creating things for yourself.
- That said, unless I become unexpectedly homeless, I will never be doing up or living out of a van. I have simply too many books for that madness.
Okay, if you're here I'm guessing you're probably already following a bunch of cool adventurers on social media. But you might like to add me to that crew! I'm @travellinglines on Facebook and Instagram - just @travellingline on Twitter (because tweets are short, right?).
This is the best way to get my latest adventure announcements and take part in some challenges with me.
3. Read About My Adventures
You'll find a whole host of stories on this website about my adventures. If you'd like a overview of what I've done and where I'm going, check out this page. I keep it up to date with all my adventures - big and small, past and future, success and catastrophe... Each page comes with a list of related blog posts, so you can read through the whole adventure - from planning to completion.
If that's not enough, I'd check out Intrepid Magazine (I set it up). This magazine is dedicated to becoming the go-to place for women in adventure. There's a print and digital subscription, plus free to read articles on the blog. Eat your heart out 😊
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4. Want to know more about me?I cover a lot of my story through my blogs and adventures. But, if you'd like it put succinctly...
Emily Woodhouse is an adventurer and writer, who's committed to helping people turn their crazy adventure ideas into a reality.
If you would like to work with me
- Drop me a line here or connect with me on LinkedIn.
- Check out this page for links to previous interviews and my writing work. This is not a comprehensive list, but it should give you a flavour of the media exposure I've had and publications I've written for.
I spend a lot of time in the outdoors and I'm lucky enough to work with several outdoor organisations. My involvement includes being:
- Young Adult members' representative for Austrian Alpine Club UK
- A Mountain Rescue team member
- Wild camping ambassador for Dartmoor National Park