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.
1902, 2018

Why Travelling in Scotland is as Good as Travelling Abroad

By |February 19th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland|2 Comments

I feel so lucky to call Scotland my home, the country I was born in and have lived all of my life in. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever set eyes upon.

Recently, I’ve realised just how rewarding travelling within Scotland can be. In the last 10 years especially, I’ve spent a lot of […]

1402, 2018

The Places I Love The Most

By |February 14th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

Happy Valentines Day!

Whether you celebrate Valentines Day or not, or if you’re single or taken, I hope you’re having a really great day.

I’m not a huge fan of all the mushy, showy, over-the-top stuff that goes with Valentines Day, so today I decided simply to write about the places I love. A little love letter to the places that mean most […]

1202, 2018

Glasgow Shopping Guide: Where to Shop in The City

By |February 12th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland|0 Comments

Whilst I might not be the biggest fan of shopping, having lived just outside Glasgow all my life I think I’m fairly qualified to put together a Glasgow shopping guide.

Within Glasgow you’ll find all the major high street retailers, some fantastic jewellers and plenty of independent stores too (if you know the right places to look!).

If you’re visiting the city […]

802, 2018

Simple Things That Keep Me Motivated Working From Home

By |February 8th, 2018|Life|1 Comment

In my opinion, working from home is one of the very best things about being a freelancer. I work for myself so I choose to work from my home office. Sure, there are times when I feel lonely, but the good outweighs the bad by far. I love my home office space and for the most part I genuinely enjoy […]

502, 2018

Why Taking A Winter Sunshine Break Is the Best

By |February 5th, 2018|Travel Tips|3 Comments

It’s always the middle of January and into February that I start to wish I’d planned a winter break. It’s been a few years since I’ve been on one and boy am I kicking myself now. But why take a winter sunshine break?

Chances are you’re probably not feeling that flush so soon after Christmas, so why try splash out on a […]

102, 2018

Monthly Round-Up: January Edition

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

What’s been happening in January? 
I didn’t have too many plans for January but it turned out to be an AMAZINGLY good month!

I welcomed in 2018 at a little gathering at a friends house and then spent New Years Day with my family. It was such a fun and chilled way to bring in 2018, a year that I’m sure is […]

2901, 2018

15 Things to Do in Scotland in 2018

By |January 29th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland|2 Comments

There’s no shortage of things to do and see in Scotland. It’s a varied country with so much happening – plenty of events, festivals and, of course, all of the natural beauty. Here’s my collection of things to do in Scotland in 2018…
1. Celtic Connections, Glasgow 
Celtic Connections has already begun, but if you’re quick it’s on until the 4th February! Throughout […]

2501, 2018

Why Freelancing Can Be Lonely

By |January 25th, 2018|Life|1 Comment

For the most part, I absolutely adore being self-employed. I love making my own hours, working when I want to, only doing projects that interest me and just generally being in charge of my own life. It’s freeing, it’s exciting and it’s totally rewarding. But, freelancing is lonely and that’s one of the major downsides.

I write this blog and alongside […]

2201, 2018

Quirky Places to Stay in Edinburgh

By |January 22nd, 2018|Destinations, Scotland, Travel Tales|5 Comments

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland’s capital city you’ll no doubt be excited to discover it’s stunning architecture, imposing castle and rich history. It’s a fascinating city that offers so much for visitors to discover and explore. But you’ll also want to stay somewhere comfortable and cosy whilst you’re there. There’s nothing better than returning to somewhere lovely after […]

1801, 2018

2018 Life Goals

By |January 18th, 2018|Life|4 Comments

I’m not a huge one for making resolutions for a New Year, but I do like setting goals for the year ahead. The burst of productivity and feeling of anticipation and excitement at what the year ahead can hold is always something I enjoy.

For 2018 I’ve set myself some travel goals and some life goals. If you’d like to read […]