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.
2009, 2018

My Algarve Getaway

By |September 20th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Any long-time readers here (hiii!) will know I’m a big fan of Portugal and, in particular, it’s Algarve region.
Why Portugal is One of My Favourite Destinations
10 Reasons Why Portugal is a Perfect Summer Destination
I was there just a couple of weeks ago for a holiday with Thomas and we had the best time. We stayed in Vilamoura, a place we […]

1709, 2018

How to Plan Your First Ski Trip

By |September 17th, 2018|Travel Tips|0 Comments

Now that autumn is quickly descending around us, it’s time to start thinking about autumn and winter travels.

Thomas and I went on our first ski trip last year and absolutely loved it. Because it was our first ski trip, we spent a lot of time researching and planning, So, I wanted to share what we learned through the experience so […]

1309, 2018

Surprised by Faro

By |September 13th, 2018|Destinations, Portugal|0 Comments

Despite having been to Portugal’s Algarve region dozens of times, I’d never visited the city of Faro beyond landing at the airport. On my latest visit to the area, Thomas and I decided we’d take some time to check out the city itself.

We’d hired a car for our trip and drove the 30-minute journey from where we were staying in […]

1009, 2018

The One Thing I Wish More People Cared About When Travelling

By |September 10th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

For the most part, I don’t really bother about other people’s travel style or what they get up to on the road. I’m a ‘live and let live’ kind of girl.

If people want to spend two weeks in an all-inclusive resort and not see any of a country then that’s fine. It isn’t what I’d personally choose to do, but […]

609, 2018

Rainy Day Things to do in Glasgow

By |September 6th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland, Travel Tales|0 Comments

If you’ve never been to Glasgow before then let me warn you before your visit…it rains a lot! The west of Scotland is pretty much the wettest part of the country and Glasgow has around 200 days of rain per year. That’s more days with rain than without!

Even with the rain, Glasgow is still one of my favourite cities in […]

309, 2018

Monthly Round-Up: August Edition

By |September 3rd, 2018|Life|0 Comments

What’s been happening in August? 
It’s been a pretty packed month. I watched Thomas’ older brother get married, picked our bridesmaids dresses for my brother’s upcoming wedding, visited work clients and had some gorgeous meals out with friends and family.

August also involved a dreamy long weekend away at Archerfield Estate lodges. Those of you who are regular readers here will know […]

3008, 2018


By |August 30th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

Next week I’m heading back to one of my favourite European destinations – The Algarve region of Portugal!

Thomas is already in Portugal on a golfing holiday with the guys. Instead of him flying home, he’s staying there and I’m flying out to meet him. He’s meeting me at the airport with a rental car that we’ll have for our time […]

2708, 2018

700 (+ 3!) Blog Posts

By |August 27th, 2018|Life|1 Comment

So, a week or so ago I noticed something on my blogging dashboard…I had published 700 travel blog posts! SEVEN HUNDRED blog posts. Wow.

(Yes, it would have been way better if I’d noticed and been able to write this post as my 700th post but oh well.)

I started my blog way back in 2011. And, yes, I did just have […]

2308, 2018

Things to do in The Algarve

By |August 23rd, 2018|Destinations, Portugal|0 Comments

The Algarve region of Portugal is one of my absolute favourite places to visit in Europe.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit this gorgeous region many, many times. It’s close proximity to my home in Scotland, and it’s infinitely better weather, makes it an ideal destination for me to escape to for a few days or more. Having been there so […]

2008, 2018

Incredible Food Experiences Around The World

By |August 20th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Lonely Planet have just released their brand new ‘Ultimate Eatlist’ book. It’s a list of 500 amazing foodie experiences around the world. Included within their top 20 is having pinxtos in San Sebastian (this came in at number 1), eating sushi in Tokyo and pizza in Naples.

The places that made Lonely Planet’s list did so because of taste, cultural importance and […]