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.
2301, 2017

4 Countries with the Best Food (as chosen by me!)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Travel Tales|4 Comments

I’m a big believer that food is such an important part of the travel experience. You can tell so much about a country from its food, flavours and cooking traditions. Travelling and trying new dishes as you go is just so enjoyable – getting to taste new flavours, try new combinations and new things.

These are the countries with the best […]

1901, 2017

Cheap Destinations to Visit from Scotland

By |January 19th, 2017|Travel Tales|1 Comment

I’m lucky enough to live just ten minutes away from Glasgow International Airport and just under an hour from Edinburgh Airport too. This means I’m pretty well connected to both airports and can jump on a plane at any time easily. I’m also lucky that there are a tonne of cheap flights leaving from both of these airports, two of […]

1601, 2017

5 Perfect Scottish Weekend Getaways

By |January 16th, 2017|Destinations, Scotland, Travel Tales|2 Comments

Looking for somewhere for a fantastic Scottish weekend getaway? Here are five options that I think are perfect…
1. Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is the ideal place for a weekend getaway. There’s history, stunning architecture, great restaurants and so much to do and see. Edinburgh also has some fantastic hotels, with everything from boutique luxury properties to budget-friendly options. It’s the […]

1201, 2017

5 Destinations I Can’t Stop Dreaming About

By |January 12th, 2017|Life, Travel Tales|3 Comments

I’ll be the first person to admit that I have travel on the brain. I think about travel more times a day than I can count. I look up flights to different places at least 3-4 times per week and I love reading about exotic destinations.

Lately, my wanderlust has been even stronger. I bought a house recently, which meant I […]

901, 2017

Rooting

By |January 9th, 2017|Life|0 Comments

Thomas and I have been together for more than three years now, and for the past year and a half we’ve been saving to buy our first home together. At the beginning of October last year we finally realised our dream and got the keys to our gorgeous 4 bedroom new-build house.
Why Scotland? 
You might be wondering why, as a travel […]

501, 2017

2017 Travel Plans, Dreams and Goals

By |January 5th, 2017|Life, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Happy New Year! I love the beginning of a new year. It always feels so fresh, shiny and exciting and I always like to use it as an opportunity to plan what I want from the next 12 months. I like to think about where I want the year to take me, both literally and metaphorically – in business and […]

201, 2017

December (2016!) Round-Up

By |January 2nd, 2017|Life|0 Comments

What happened in December? 
I know it’s incredibly cliche, but I can hardly believe we’re into 2017 already! December seemed to pass by in a complete whirlwind and I barely had time to catch my breath!

Thomas and I hosted our first Christmas Day in our brand new house and it was…hectic. Being the hostess is damn hard work but we managed […]

2212, 2016

5 Most Popular Posts of 2016

By |December 22nd, 2016|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Putting together a ‘Most Popular Posts of 20X’ has become something of a little tradition for me. It marks the close of another year of blogging and shows me what you guys love and what you don’t.

Without further ado, here’s the 5 most popular posts from this year…
My City Break Packing List

This post continues to be extremely popular, year after […]

1912, 2016

My Best Moments of 2016

By |December 19th, 2016|Life|2 Comments

I know 2016 isn’t *quite* over yet, but I wanted to put this little post together looking back at my best moments of the year. These aren’t necessarily all travel related, but the majority are.

It’s been a really great year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.
Marbella for my birthday! 

Thomas whisked me away to Marbella, […]

1512, 2016

52 Books of 2016

By |December 15th, 2016|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Here’s all the books I read in 2016, with my favourites highlighted in bold.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
How Rich People Think by Steve Siebold
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
As The Crow Flies by Damien Boyd
Make Me by Lee Child
Head in The Sand by Damien Boyd
Kickback by Damien Boyd
Swansong by Damien Boyd
The Girl in The Ice by […]