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.
905, 2019

My Favourite New Netflix Show

By |May 9th, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Yes, you’re right, this does seem like a strange blog post from a travel blogger. I’m not a TV blogger (if such a thing even exists?), but this brilliant new Netflix show is travel related, and it’s so good I had to share it with you all.

Street Food is one of the very best travel-related TV programmes that I’ve […]

105, 2019

Monthly Round-Up: April

By |May 1st, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

What happened in April?

So, you might remember in my last monthly round-up I said my planned trip to Portugal was cancelled due to getting our new puppy, Poppy. Thomas was expected to be away with work and I was due to go to Portugal to our new timeshare with my family. We then found out Thomas wouldn’t be away with […]

2504, 2019

Why I Need to Get Better at Taking Time Off (And Ignore Freelancer Guilt!)

By |April 25th, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Fellow freelancers, who has ever felt freelancer guilt? What’s freelancer guilt I hear you ask? It’s that feeling where you’re at home and you’re not working but you feel guilty because you could be working. I know it’s not just me who feels it. I know there are loads of other people out there who work for themselves that must […]

2304, 2019

Staying at Four Seasons Fairways Quinta do Lago

By |April 23rd, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

The Algarve region of Portugal is somewhere that I’ve been lucky enough to visit dozens of times. I’ve visited loads with my family, I’ve been with friends and I’ve spent a lot of time there with Thomas too. I feel like it’s an area that has so much to offer visitors and

Last year my dad announced that he wanted […]

1804, 2019

Visiting Pretty Tavira, Portugal

By |April 18th, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Tavira is often talked about as being ‘overlooked’ by people in favour of the larger, more popular towns along the coast of The Algarve. Admittedly, after about 20 visits to The Algarve (this is an estimate as I coudln’t really begin to count!), I had never been to Tavira before, so I was excited to check out this pretty-looking little […]

1604, 2019

How Freelancing Can Create Anxiety

By |April 16th, 2019|Travel Tales|1 Comment

I’d just like to start this post by saying I don’t suffer from anxiety per se, or at least not in the way the term anxiety is used today. In reality, I’m a pretty chilled out person who tends to take life as it comes.

BUT, there are a few things about being a self-employed freelancer that can make me […]

404, 2019

Monthly Round-Up: March

By |April 4th, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

What happened in March?

March was the busiest month I’ve had in ages! So many great things happened and I feel like I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath.

Thomas and I welcomed a new member to our family – little Poppy, a Miniature Schnauzer puppy. I travelled all the way to Essex (a 14 hour round trip!) to […]

2803, 2019

Turning 29; 29 Good Things

By |March 28th, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

I celebrated my 29th birthday on Friday and instead of freaking out that this is the last year of my twenties, I’m focusing on the good things in my life.

There are so, so many great things in my life and so much to be thankful for. I’m at a pretty great stage in my life and there are […]

2103, 2019

Introducing Poppy!

By |March 21st, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Last week something rather special happened. Thomas and I welcomed a new little member of our family. This is Poppy, a 10-week old Miniature Schnauzer pup.

Those of you who are regular readers here might remember that I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog Ben last month. He had a wonderful life for over 12 years but unfortunately had […]

1803, 2019

10 Beauty Products I Always Pack

By |March 18th, 2019|Travel Tales|0 Comments

I am a big fan of great skincare and beauty products. Taking care of my skin is something I love and really enjoy doing. It’s all about taking a little time for myself, especially at the beginning and end of a busy day.

I try to take just as good care of my skin when I’m travelling as I do […]