About Emma Gray

I’m Emma. I’m 25 years old and I was born and raised in a village just outside Glasgow in beautiful Scotland. Ever since I was just 6 months old, when my fabulous parents took me on my first flight, I’ve been filled with a deep and inescapable sense of wanderlust. Travelling is my passion. I love nothing more than packing a suitcase and travelling somewhere new and exciting whether it’s alone, with friends or with family. In early 2012, towards the end of studying for my English Literature degree at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, I couldn’t shake the feeling that working 9 to 5 in an office cubicle after graduation wasn’t going to be for me. So, I started Emma’s Travel Tales and begun my quest for a location independent lifestyle. What’s location independence I hear you ask? Well, it’s the ability to work from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. I can pack my bags tomorrow and fly to anywhere in the world and work from there using only my laptop and some other nifty little gadgets. Basically, I challenged myself to live life differently to what was expected of me. So far I have travelled to 36 different countries and have no intention of stopping anytime soon! When I’m not travelling abroad I love to explore everything that Scotland has to offer. Sometimes you don’t have to go too far to have an amazing experience and the best places are often on our own doorstep.
2804, 2016

Luxury For Less: 8 Places Your Money Will Go Further

By |April 28th, 2016|Travel Tales, Travel Tips|1 Comment

I’m a big fan of luxury experiences and getaways, but I don’t always like paying a tonne of money to have an incredible experience. That’s part of the reason why I love to mix up my travel destinations and stay in some expensive places, as well as some cheaper ones, so that I can get more for my money and […]

2504, 2016

Life, Perspective and Getting Away from it All

By |April 25th, 2016|Travel Tales, Life|4 Comments

If you follow me on social media (I’d love to see you on Twitter and Facebook), then you may have noticed things were quiet over there for a week or so recently. Here’s why…

A few weeks ago my beloved aunt died suddenly and entirely unexpectedly. She’d been in hospital for a long awaited operation to deal with two aneurysms and […]

2104, 2016

Stargazing in Scotland at a Dark Sky Park

By |April 21st, 2016|Scotland, Destinations|0 Comments

When you think of great locations for stargazing around the world Scotland probably isn’t somewhere that immediately springs to mind. I’ve lived in Scotland all my life and I’m a little ashamed to admit I didn’t realise there are some parts of the country that have absolutely perfect conditions for admiring the stars in the night sky.

For my stargazing in […]

1804, 2016

How to Cancel a Hotel Reservation

By |April 18th, 2016|Travel Tips|0 Comments

‘How to Cancel a Hotel Reservation’ isn’t exactly the sexiest of blog titles, but it *is* useful and something I’ve had to do a fair few times myself.

My partner Thomas has a pretty unpredictable job that can take him all over the world at very short notice so quite often we have to cancel plans and bookings if something changes […]

1404, 2016

25 Things to Add to Your Scotland Bucket List

By |April 14th, 2016|Travel Tales, Scotland, Destinations|2 Comments

1. Stay in a castle
There are believed to have been more than 3,000 castles in Scotland at one point and many still remain throughout the country. Many simply disappeared over time, others have become crumbling ruins, and many have been maintained and turned into glamorous hotels! Pretend you’re a princess for the night and book into one that you love!
2. Go […]

1104, 2016

Where to Find Cheap Travel Deals

By |April 11th, 2016|Travel Tips|0 Comments

I get a lot of emails, Tweets and Facebook messages from readers who want to know where to find cheap travel deals. They want to know what websites and tools I use to seek out the deals that are great value for money, whilst still being great travel experiences.

I don’t have any major secrets for finding the best travel deals. […]

704, 2016

5 Things to do in Marbella, Spain

By |April 7th, 2016|Spain, Destinations|1 Comment

I visited Marbella at the end of last month and was lucky enough to celebrate turning 26 in the sunshine there.

Marbella is a lovely coastal resort town in southern Spain, around 45 minutes drive from Malaga airport. It is known as a rather glamorous holiday destination and has dozens of upmarket hotels, as well as some stylish and still budget […]

404, 2016

What to Pack for a Trip to India

By |April 4th, 2016|Travel Tales, Destinations, India, Packing Lists & What to Wear In...|0 Comments

Visiting India is exciting, overwhelming and a truly wonderful experience. Even though my trip there was a couple of years ago now, it’s a place I think of often and go between thoughts of how much I loved and and how much I loathed it within moments. People usually say that everyone either loves or hates India, but I went […]

3103, 2016

March Round-Up

By |March 31st, 2016|Life|2 Comments

Where I’ve been 
What a fun and busy month March has been!

The first half of the month was filled with work, client meetings and plenty of lovely dinners and catch ups with family and friends.

The middle of the month is where it all started to get good! Thomas FINALLY came home after a three month stint working in Abu Dhabi. When […]

2803, 2016

Gorgeous Marbella in Photos

By |March 28th, 2016|Travel Tales, Spain, Destinations|2 Comments

I’m a pretty lucky girl as Thomas whisked me off to Marbella in southern Spain last week to celebrate my 26th birthday! Celebrating my birthday away from home has become something of a little tradition and this was the third birthday I’ve enjoyed in a different place. So much more fun than staying home!

We were in Marbella for four nights […]