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.
2606, 2017

The Importance of Home

By |June 26th, 2017|Life|0 Comments

As much as I love travel, I also love coming home. I love the feeling of walking through my front door into my very own space.

Home is a place I feel comfortable, creative and happy. It says a lot about me and what’s important to me. The home I’m living in now is especially important, as it’s the first home […]

2206, 2017

20 Things That Happen During A Scottish Heatwave

By |June 22nd, 2017|Destinations, Scotland|0 Comments

There’s been something of a heatwave in Scotland for the last week or so. If you’re not from Scotland, let’s just say that means it’s been about 20 degrees Celsius or more. For us, that counts as a heatwave.

With this heatwave I’ve noticed some pretty distinct things that happen here in Scotland. We’re a pretty predictable breed, so this stuff […]

1906, 2017

Packing List for a Villa Holiday

By |June 19th, 2017|Packing Lists & What to Wear In...|0 Comments

I’ve written before about how much I love staying in villas when I travel. They’re just so much fun (so much fun I’m tentatively planning another villa trip for next summer)! I just returned a couple of weeks ago from a trip to Lagos, Portugal where 5 of us stayed in a gorgeous villa. Now that I’ve stayed in villas […]

1506, 2017

Exploring The Coastline of Lagos By Boat

By |June 15th, 2017|Destinations, Portugal, Travel Tales|0 Comments

One of the highlights of my trip to Lagos was taking a boat tour to see the coastline in all its glory. We opted for a short 1 hour tour in a boat that could hold 6 people. Perfect for the 5 in our group, plus the driver.

We hopped into our small boat, put on our lifejackets and got comfortable […]

1206, 2017

Five-Years Self Employed (Who Can Believe It?!)

By |June 12th, 2017|Life|1 Comment

On the plane back from my latest trip to Portugal I was doing what I always love doing on planes. Sitting in the window seat, gazing out at the world below looking so small and I was lost in thought. I do all my best thinking on planes. I was thinking about everything – life, my business, my home, my […]

806, 2017

10 Reasons Why Portugal is a Perfect Summer Destination

By |June 8th, 2017|Destinations, Portugal, Travel Tales|0 Comments

You might have seen my recent post on why Portugal is one of my favourite destinations, but my latest trip there has cemented this love even further. I’m lucky enough to have visited Portugal more times than I can count and I never get tired of it. I firmly believe Portugal is one of the most perfect summer destinations in […]

506, 2017

May Round-Up

By |June 5th, 2017|Travel Tales|0 Comments

What’s been happening in May? 
What hasn’t been happening in May?! May has been a really busy, but incredibly fun month.

First up was a trip to Archerfield, the luxury lodges my family and I visit three times a year. The weather was stunning and we had one of the best weekends yet.

Then, we celebrated Thomas’ 30th birthday! On the actual day […]

106, 2017

Saving Money on Travel

By |June 1st, 2017|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Travel can be expensive. Often we set out with the idea of getting a cheap break, but everything adds up and it ends up being not quite as affordable. But there are plenty was to save money on travel. By making little tweaks you can save money and spend it on other things.
I always use a flight comparison website to […]

2905, 2017

Perfect Books to Read on Holiday

By |May 29th, 2017|Travel Tales|1 Comment

As this post goes live I’ll be enjoying a wonderful villa holiday break in Portugal with friends. Most of the time will be spent relaxing by the pool, with a good book and a fruity drink in hand. Bliss.

For me, there are few things better than being by the pool or beach with a really great book. I’ve put together […]

2505, 2017

BRB, off to Portugal!

By |May 25th, 2017|Destinations, Life, Portugal|0 Comments

It’s travel time!

As this post goes live I’ll be heading to the airport with Thomas and one of our best friends. At the airport, we’re meeting two of our other friends (one of whom is celebrating a birthday that day!). We’re flying to Faro, in the Algarve region of Portugal, a place I love and know very well. From there […]