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.
2706, 2016

Italia con la famiglia!

By |June 27th, 2016|Italy, Destinations|2 Comments

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m feeling exceedingly chirpy and excited for a Monday morning, because it’s now less than 48 hours until I’m off to Italy!!

My dad is retiring from his job as an accountant and very generously announced last year that he wanted to celebrate by taking the family on a big Italian adventure! What a cool guy my dad is!

So, […]

2306, 2016

The Picture Perfect Old Town of Marbella

By |June 23rd, 2016|Spain, Destinations|2 Comments

One of the things I loved most about Marbella was the impossibly adorable Old Town or Old Quarter that lies at the heart of the city.

I knew there was an old part of the town, but I wasn’t quite prepared for it to be anything more than a couple of small streets. In reality it is an incredibly well preserved […]

2006, 2016

How to Ace Solo Travel (and still have fun!)

By |June 20th, 2016|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Solo travel is one of those subjects that completely divides people. There are many who would never dream of travelling alone for fear of being labelled a loner, or because they don’t have the confidence to get out there themselves. Other people live for solo travel and think nothing of hopping on a plane for a solo adventure.

I’m somewhere in […]

1606, 2016

How to Survive if You’re Not Travelling Anywhere This Summer

By |June 16th, 2016|Travel Tales, Travel Tips|0 Comments

fWhen you think of summer I’m pretty sure that one of the top things that comes to mind is a fabulous summer holiday, but what if you’re not travelling anywhere this summer? You might be used to summer holidays every year but for whatever reason (saving, other commitments, work etc) you might not have one planned for this year. Boo!

Browsing […]

1306, 2016

Four Years Self-Employed

By |June 13th, 2016|Life|1 Comment

Every year I publish a round-up post entitled ‘X Years as a Full-Time Travel Blogger and Writer’ (read years one, two and three), but this year the title is a little different, representing how much work and life are a little different now.

I’m not *just* a full-time travel blogger and writer anymore, but more on that soon.

Four years ago I […]

906, 2016

Summer Travel Clothes I Love

By |June 9th, 2016|Packing Lists & What to Wear In..., Life|0 Comments

Summer is finally almost here and I’m sure lots of you are planning or looking forward to some exciting trips (I know I am!).

I’m jetting off to Italy at the end of this month and I’ll be spending 4 days in Venice and then heading to Sorrento for a further week. This has definitely influenced the items on my list […]

606, 2016

Places to Avoid Travelling to in Summer

By |June 6th, 2016|Travel Tales, Travel Tips|2 Comments

Last week I shared 8 great summer travel destinations with you all but today I’m going to be a little controversial and share a few places to avoid travelling to in summer.

Summer travel can be amazing, or it can be hot, busy and not as much fun as you’d like it to be. Here’s some places to avoid if you […]

206, 2016

8 Great Summer Travel Destinations for 2016

By |June 2nd, 2016|Travel Tales|1 Comment

With summer now officially less than three weeks away (21st June) it’s time to start thinking about those summer travel destinations.
1. Iceland 

Iceland is normally a place associated with cold, harsh, icy conditions – partly due to its name! – but it can also be an amazing destination in summer too.

In summer Iceland’s nights are bright thanks to the so-called […]

3005, 2016

May Round-Up

By |May 30th, 2016|Life|0 Comments

What’s been happening in May?
Such a cliche I know but where on earth is this year going? May is almost over and I still feel like I was just celebrating the start of 2016 a few weeks ago!

May started off pretty great with a spontaneous trip to Portugal that I booked as an early birthday present for Thomas before he went […]

2605, 2016

4 Summer Events in Glasgow

By |May 26th, 2016|Scotland, Destinations|0 Comments

There’s always something going on in Glasgow and there’s even more happening in summer when the weather is a little bit better, the days are longer and everyone is happier. If you’re a local or are visiting Glasgow this summer then here’s some fantastic events that you won’t want to miss…
Merchant City Festival 
30th July to 7th August 2016 

Glasgow’s Merchant City […]