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.
2711, 2017

My 2018 Travel Wishlist

By |November 27th, 2017|Travel Tales|2 Comments

When it comes to this time of year I’ve usually already started thinking about what 2018 will hold. I like to plan ahead and be organised, especially when it comes to travel. I love nothing more than planning for future trips and looking forward to where I’m going next.

If you’ve started thinking about your travels for next year and are […]

2311, 2017

Easy Tips On How To Stay Motivated Working From Home

By |November 23rd, 2017|Life|0 Comments

I’ve noticed that when I tell people I work for myself from my home office I usually get a tonne of questions about how I stay motivated. Many remark they wouldn’t have the willpower to get their work done and might instead find themselves watching daytime TV or doing tasks around the house.

As well as running this blog, I spend […]

2011, 2017

5 Places I’d Like to Visit Off Season

By |November 20th, 2017|Life, Travel Tips|1 Comment

There’s a lot to be said for travelling to places during their off season. It can mean fewer crowds, shorter lines at attractions and a more authentic experience. It’s also much friendlier on your bank account too, with prices usually being considerably lower in many destinations during less popular times.

Many places have an entirely different vibe out of season. You’ll […]

1611, 2017

Why I Love Food Tours When Travelling

By |November 16th, 2017|Life, Travel Tips|0 Comments

“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture” – Mark Kurlansky 

I strongly believe that food is a great way to get a feel for a place. A lot can be portrayed about a destination through its food. The flavours, spices, ingredients and cooking techniques used can reveal lots about a […]

1311, 2017

Best Books to Gift This Christmas

By |November 13th, 2017|Travel Tales|2 Comments

If you’re a regular reader here you’ll probably know that I adore everything to do with books and reading. So, I thought it only natural that I put together a list of the best books to gift this Christmas.

The benefits of reading are well-known. Reading provides mental stimulation and is scientifically proven to reduce stress. It expands the vocabulary, improves […]

911, 2017

Why Choosing Where to Travel is So Difficult

By |November 9th, 2017|Travel Tales|0 Comments

In today’s world, there is so much choice in every aspect of our lives. We’re used to going to the supermarket and having to choose between 5 different milk brands, 10 types of pasta and dozens of types of cleaning product. There’s an overload on choice!

Some choices are definitely easier than others, but sometimes travel can be a difficult one. […]

611, 2017

Christmas Present Ideas for Travel Lovers

By |November 6th, 2017|Life, Travel Tips|0 Comments

It might only be the beginning of November, but Christmas will be here before we know it. This year has already gone past so quickly! I can’t quite believe it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas present ideas.

So, if you’re looking for Christmas present ideas for travel lovers, I’ve got you covered.
A flight/trip 
I’ve written before about why I believe […]

211, 2017

A Dreamy Long Weekend in Portugal

By |November 2nd, 2017|Destinations, Portugal|0 Comments

I’ve written a lot about how much I love Portugal here on the blog. Lisbon is a beautiful city and The Algarve is a region I adore. I’ve been lucky enough to visit The Algarve many, many times and my most recent trip there was my second this year. Myself, Thomas, my parents, my brother Iain and his girlfriend Michelle […]

3010, 2017

October Round-Up

By |October 30th, 2017|Life|0 Comments

What’s been happening in October? 
What a month!

I’ve been to an ice hockey match, enjoyed a dinner party at my brother’s house, helped friends with their house move, had a fantastic weekend away in Scotland, a dreamy trip to Portugal and attended a houswarming party! Safe to say things have been pretty busy around here.

I also took 10 days off work this […]

2610, 2017

Thoughts When Flying

By |October 26th, 2017|Life, Travel Tales|0 Comments

I love flying, I always have done. I’ve written here before about my love of flying. The concept of being able to get into a metal can, fly through the air and end up somewhere thousands of miles away within the space of a few hours is truly amazing.

There are some thoughts that pop up time and time again when […]