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.
1402, 2017

Amazing Europe Villa Holiday Destinations

By |February 14th, 2017|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Last year my parents, my brother Iain, his girlfriend Michelle, my partner Thomas and I had the most amazing villa holiday in Sorrento, Italy. No exaggeration whatsoever. It was perfection from start to finish. We stayed in a gorgeous three-bedroom villa with views out to sea, a huge pool, beautiful gardens and so much space. It couldn’t have been better […]

902, 2017

Budgeting for Travel

By |February 9th, 2017|Travel Tips|4 Comments

What’s one of the things you wish you had more money to spend on? Clothes, shoes, handbags, eating out, travel? Travel is definitely my choice.

To have money to spend on travel I like to budget my money when and where I can. Here are my top tips for budgeting for travel…
Spend less in certain areas
There are certain things I […]

602, 2017

5 Places I Want to Visit in Scotland

By |February 6th, 2017|Destinations, Scotland|1 Comment

There are so many incredible places to visit in Scotland. The country is blessed with some amazing coastline, charming towns, great cities, breath-taking landscapes and everything else in between. There’s so much to see and do in Scotland that it can be hard to know where to begin!

Although I have lived in Scotland for the entire 26 years of my […]

202, 2017

Why My Travel List Isn’t Getting Any Smaller

By |February 2nd, 2017|Life, Travel Tales|0 Comments

I don’t know about anyone else but I find that the more I travel, the more I want to travel. Like, I’ll visit somewhere new but then end up adding 10 more entries to the list of places I want to travel to. It’s like a never-ending circle.

Some people might call it a bucket-list, but I’m not so sure how […]

3001, 2017

January Round-Up

By |January 30th, 2017|Life|1 Comment

2017 is 1/12th done already! What the heck!
What happened in January?
January has been a really good month. I’ve done lots of travel planning. Three weekends away in Scotland, a trip to the south of France and a trip to Portugal have all been booked! Lots to look forward to this year.

January is usually a pretty boring month for people, but […]

2601, 2017

Websites for Travel Booking and Inspiration

By |January 26th, 2017|Travel Tales, Travel Tips|0 Comments

1. Skyscanner

Skyscanners website allows you to search for cheap flights anytime of year. Compare flight prices in different months, weeks and specific dates. They also have this really cool feature that allows you to search for flights from your chosen airport to ‘everywhere’ so you can see exactly where you can fly to and how much for on any given […]

2301, 2017

4 Countries with the Best Food (as chosen by me!)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Travel Tales|5 Comments

I’m a big believer that food is such an important part of the travel experience. You can tell so much about a country from its food, flavours and cooking traditions. Travelling and trying new dishes as you go is just so enjoyable – getting to taste new flavours, try new combinations and new things.

These are the countries with the best […]

1901, 2017

Cheap Destinations to Visit from Scotland

By |January 19th, 2017|Travel Tales|1 Comment

I’m lucky enough to live just ten minutes away from Glasgow International Airport and just under an hour from Edinburgh Airport too. This means I’m pretty well connected to both airports and can jump on a plane at any time easily. I’m also lucky that there are a tonne of cheap flights leaving from both of these airports, two of […]

1601, 2017

5 Perfect Scottish Weekend Getaways

By |January 16th, 2017|Destinations, Scotland, Travel Tales|2 Comments

Looking for somewhere for a fantastic Scottish weekend getaway? Here are five options that I think are perfect…
1. Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is the ideal place for a weekend getaway. There’s history, stunning architecture, great restaurants and so much to do and see. Edinburgh also has some fantastic hotels, with everything from boutique luxury properties to budget-friendly options. It’s the […]

1201, 2017

5 Destinations I Can’t Stop Dreaming About

By |January 12th, 2017|Life, Travel Tales|4 Comments

I’ll be the first person to admit that I have travel on the brain. I think about travel more times a day than I can count. I look up flights to different places at least 3-4 times per week and I love reading about exotic destinations.

Lately, my wanderlust has been even stronger. I bought a house recently, which meant I […]