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.
1012, 2018

We’re Engaged!

By |December 10th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

I said yes! 
On Saturday 1st December Thomas asked me to marry him outside of the restaurant in Glasgow where we had our very first date five and a half years ago.

It was a complete shock and, if I’m completely honest, I don’t even really remember what he said or what I said in return!

He had told me we were going […]

312, 2018

Monthly Round-Up: November Edition

By |December 3rd, 2018|Life|0 Comments

What’s been happening in November? 
Eeeek it’s December already! My Christmas tree is up, I’ve bought most of the gifts on my list and I’m officially ready to enjoy all the festive good times.

November has been a fantastic month. I’ve been to two ice hockey matches supporting my local Glasgow team, cheered on the Scottish rugby team who were playing South […]

2911, 2018

Things to do in Glasgow at Christmas

By |November 29th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Looking for fun, festive things to do in Glasgow at Christmas time? The city is filled to the brim with festivities, decorations and the usual welcoming atmosphere you’d expect from Glasgow.

Now that it’s almost December, the festive season is well and truly upon us and it’s time to start planning out all the christmassy things you’re going to do this […]

2611, 2018

One Thing I Always Do Before Travelling

By |November 26th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

The truth is there are lots of things I always do before travelling. One of them is to clean my house from top to bottom so that I come home to a blissfully clean house. It helps to stave off the post-holiday blues for sure. (You can read more about what I do before a trip to make coming home […]

1511, 2018

Why I Don’t Like to Travel at Christmas

By |November 15th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

I know, I know, it’s still November. Usually I wouldn’t be writing about Christmas quite so early, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently.

Christmas travel is big business. There are loads of people who take the Christmas holidays as a great excuse to travel and I can totally see why. But I don’t like to travel at […]

1211, 2018

My Journey of Being Self-Employed

By |November 12th, 2018|Life|2 Comments

There are around 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK. That sounds like a lot of people, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t sound so much when you say it like this, though: self-employed people make up about 15% of the workforce of the country.

Just 15%? That doesn’t sound like a lot at all.

But when I think about it, apart from other bloggers […]

811, 2018

Glasgow; Why I Love My City

By |November 8th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland|0 Comments

I’m fiercely passionate about my home city, Glasgow. I’ve lived just outside the city for my entire life and have always loved it.

I never fail to be disappointed when speaking to someone while I’m travelling who tells me they’ve visited Scotland, but only been to Edinburgh. Sure, Edinburgh is beautiful, but to overlook Glasgow is to do the city a […]

511, 2018

GlasGLOW – Glasgow’s Magical Halloween Light Experience

By |November 5th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland|0 Comments

Last week I visited GlasGLOW at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. GlasGLOW is probably best described as an immersive light and sound experience that is set up each year around Halloween.

A massive section of the Botanic Gardens are covered in lights that will dazzle you as you walk around. It’s pretty much the perfect way to embrace the darkness now that the clocks […]

111, 2018

Monthly Round-Up: October Edition

By |November 1st, 2018|Life|0 Comments

What’s been happening in October? 
I hate to be that person, but how the heck is it November already? It feels like it was New Year not so long ago and now we’re getting closer and closer to the festive period.

October has been a really fantastic month. It started off with an unexpected and slightly spontaneous trip to Portugal with Thomas […]

2910, 2018

5 Great Autumn-Winter European City Break Destinations

By |October 29th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Are you looking for fantastic autumn-winter European city break destinations? If so, I’ve got you covered.

I’ve always felt that autumn and winter were great times for a city break. Summer isn’t my favourite time for a city break as it can be a bit too hot and sticky in a city, depending on where you travel to. If it’s too […]