2012 has been a pretty big year for me.

Edinburgh Skyline View

I started this little blog at the end of 2011 while I was still at university, and juggled studying and blogging. It wasn’t until I began that I realised there are a bunch of people out there who blog and travel full time. I quickly realised that this was something I wanted to try. I knew the world of 9-5 office work in a tiny, confined cubicle wasn’t for me. At first I was just blogging for family and friends, but I decided back in March 2012 that I wanted to take it more seriously and give it a real go – I decided to try to make travel blogging my career after graduating from The University of Glasgow with a degree in English Literature back in June.

I’m not a constant RTW traveller, I haven’t sold all my belongings and I don’t have no fixed abode. My home base is still the village I was born and brought up in and I love going back there for a few weeks at a time between different trips.

Travel blogging, and the travel blogging community, has opened so many doors for me. I went on my first press trip back in April to Nantes in France, a city which I quickly fell in love with. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to go on quite a few blog trips and sponsored trips including to Rimini and Lyon.

I was also selected to be one of the first ever BlogHouse attendees. I know you’re probably wondering what on earth BlogHouse is; well, it’s a little initiative that was thought up by a great group of full time bloggers. They wanted to pass on their skills, expertise and wisdom to a group of blogging newbies and we had the best time ever at our killer villa in Besalú, Spain.

Besalu, Spain

Checking out the stunning bridge in Besalú

Straight after that, and fresh with my new skills (and slightly more confidence than before) I went to my first ever travel blogging conference in Girona, TBEX. It was a whirlwind few days of meeting amazing new people, attending sessions and copious amounts of Spanish food and drink. It was a great experience for a relatively new blogger like myself, and confirmed that blogging is definitely the path for me.


Some of the awesome people I met at TBEX in Girona

Through travel blogging, and at the conferences and events I’ve attended I’ve met some truly great people. People who have the same interests and outlook on life as I do and it’s safe to say I’ve definitely made some new friends for life.

After BlogHouse and TBEX I decided to start a whole new blog alongside this one. Emma On Board focuses on cruise holidays from a young person’s perspective. I’ve been lucky enough to have been on 13 cruises in the last 9 years and absolutely love them. Emma On Board aims to show everyone that cruise holidays aren’t just for grandparents!

So, with all that said, let’s look at some of my travel statistics from 2012:

  • I’ve been on 30 flights this year
  • I’ve been to 12 countries – Portugal, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Montenegro, Monaco, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and San Marino.
  • I’ve travelled more than 39,000 miles! 

For now, I don’t have too much planned for 2013…yet. I’ll be welcoming in the new year as part of a blog trip with a big group of amazing bloggers in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh. The trip will see us celebrate new year in the city then head to Skye, Loch Ness (I’m definitely looking for Nessie!), St. Andrews and Perth, amongst others. As you can imagine, I’m very excited about it. Us Scots know how to party, especially at new year, and I’m looking forward to sharing this with everyone!

I’d love for you to follow along on my journey over new year, and beyond on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram if you aren’t already. You lovely people who take the time to read my blog and interact with me are the reason I love what I do and I appreciate each and every one of you.

Keep reading; 2013 is set to be even bigger and better!

2012 Emma Gray