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.
2508, 2016

Why I Love Booking Travel in Advance

By |August 25th, 2016|Life, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Less than 48 hours after I touched down home after my trip to Italy in July I was already booking flights for another trip. That’s not unusual for me, you see. I always like to have at least one trip booked in advance, whether it’s for next month, six months or next year.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t book all […]

2208, 2016

Ciccheti – A True Taste of Venice

By |August 22nd, 2016|Destinations, Italy, Travel Tales, Travel Tips|2 Comments

One of the things many people – myself included – want when they travel is to eat in places where local people are eating. These are usually the best places to dine out and it’s always exciting to try local flavours, traditional dishes and mingle among the people who call that place home.

Venice is one of the busiest tourist cities […]

1808, 2016

I’m Buying A House

By |August 18th, 2016|Life|1 Comment

If you read my most recent monthly round-up then you’ll have already seen the exciting news – I’m buying a house!

Adulting just got pretty damn real.

When I say ‘I’ what I really mean is we – Thomas and I. We’ve been working hard and saving for a while in order to be able to buy our first house together, and […]

1508, 2016

The Who of Travel: Who to Travel With

By |August 15th, 2016|Life, Travel Tips|3 Comments

Travel can be complicated sometimes. There’s so much planning to do – where to go, how to get there, how much to spend, where to stay, do I need a visa, what shall I pack, and a thousand more questions punctuate every single trip that gets planned. Or at least I know they do for me.

Sometimes something that isn’t one […]

1108, 2016

On People and Stories

By |August 11th, 2016|Life, Travel Tales|0 Comments

people watching

the action or practice of spending time idly observing people in a public place.

What is it that makes people watching so much fun?

I love seeing people passing by and picking up on their idiosyncrasies to try to guess at their story. The couple who look like they’ve just had an argument, the group of friends travelling for some kind of […]

808, 2016

Tips for Travelling By Train in France

By |August 8th, 2016|Cruise Tips, Destinations, France, Travel Tips|0 Comments

I feel very lucky to have travelled extensively through France and have done so many times by train. Train travel is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around in France. Plus it’s a good way to see some of the gorgeous countryside and dramatic coastlines that it’s blessed with.

I’ve only ever had positive experiences with train travel […]

408, 2016

Revisiting Countries and Places

By |August 4th, 2016|Travel Tales|1 Comment

I’m always a little baffled by the common misnomer that it is bad, wrong or silly to revisit countries you’ve already been to, because then you’re not seeing somewhere new. I find it to be so incredibly false.

I often find that my best visits are not my first visits to a place. And I would never have had those good […]

108, 2016

July Round-Up

By |August 1st, 2016|Life|0 Comments

What’s been happening in July? 
What a whirlwind of a month July has been! I started off the month in Venice before travelling down to Sorrento where I spent a week in the most gorgeous villa ever.

The trip was amazing, Italy was beautiful as ever and I loved spending time with my family and really relaxing. This was the first trip […]

2807, 2016

Visiting Gorgeous Burano, Venice

By |July 28th, 2016|Destinations, Italy, Travel Tales|0 Comments

I’d wanted to visit Burano on a few of my previous trips to Venice but hadn’t managed to fit it in for whatever reason. On my trip to Venice last month I resolved that I *had* to get myself to Burano once and for all, to see the gorgeous colourful buildings for myself.

All of the houses in Burano are painted […]

2507, 2016

TV Shows that Make Me Want to Travel

By |July 25th, 2016|Travel Tales|6 Comments

I don’t think I’m the only person who’s ever watched a TV show and found themselves really wanting to travel to the location that it’s set in.

I’m not talking about fictional locations like Hogwarts (although for some people that might be rather appealing), but real places that exist beyond the realms of your TV, laptop or iPad screen. Real, exciting […]