About me!

I’m Emmalene, a thirty-something forty-something from Birmingham in the UK.  I always knew I wanted to travel when I grew up, even when holidays meant a caravan in wet and windy Wales.  In 2007, I was lucky to meet my soulmate, travel companion and now husband Chris (aka Mr Fletche), and our shared passion for seeing the world has led us to some amazing sights.  But a quick glimpse of my “Travel Wishlist” Pinterest board only highlights how big the world is, and how many places are still to visit.

I love to share my stories, often with my own unique spin on events.  It’s fun to try and place people where I’ve been, through describing sights, smells, conversations, and yes, the very random thoughts that float through my head.

I fit travel around a 9-5 job, making the most of weekends, Bank Holidays and maximising those precious annual leave days! You can find out more about how I do this in my blog post 9 Tips and Tricks For Travelling Whilst Working Full-Time! And I absolutely revel in being both a traveller AND a tourist!

Apart from travel, I love to read books, listen to music, drink gin and visit the theatre. I’m also a big supporter of events and independent businesses in my own city. 

I hope you enjoy reading about our travels, seeing some of my husband’s amazing photographs (more of those here!) and I look forward to sharing our new experiences with you all.

I always love to hear what you think so please like, comment or share!  You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also follow me on Bloglovin’!

Happy travelling…home and abroad!


A Brummie Home and Abroad


  1. November 15, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Thanks for following The Long Way Home! Great blog – I’m looking forward to following your travels 🙂

  2. April 14, 2016 / 9:19 am

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  3. May 30, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Good to know you and looking forward to read more here 🙂

  4. July 13, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Hi Em, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check it out when you get the chance. Thanks. Lorelle X

  5. August 27, 2017 / 11:56 am

    Hi Emmalene,
    I love your name. It sounds like the title of a beautiful piece of music. I also love travel but budget, parenthood and health issues have prevented me from leaving Australia for many years. However, we do a reasonable amount of Australian travel, which I realized is overseas to someone else. I posted a photo of a Rainbow Lorrikeet in a red bottlebrush flower in my backyard and it was rather popular. One person’s backyard is exotic to someone else.
    I came across your blog via Suzie and look forward to reading more.
    xx Rowena

    • emfletche
      August 27, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Rowena! My name does actually come from a song…although it has a tragic ending with Emmalene committing suicide 😦😂

  6. October 2, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Hi Emmalene, I just find your blog and it seems interesting:)
    I look forward to read more of your blog.

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