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.
511, 2018

GlasGLOW – Glasgow’s Magical Halloween Light Experience

By |November 5th, 2018|Destinations, Scotland|0 Comments

Last week I visited GlasGLOW at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens. GlasGLOW is probably best described as an immersive light and sound experience that is set up each year around Halloween.

A massive section of the Botanic Gardens are covered in lights that will dazzle you as you walk around. It’s pretty much the perfect way to embrace the darkness now that the clocks […]

111, 2018

Monthly Round-Up: October Edition

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

What’s been happening in October? 
I hate to be that person, but how the heck is it November already? It feels like it was New Year not so long ago and now we’re getting closer and closer to the festive period.

October has been a really fantastic month. It started off with an unexpected and slightly spontaneous trip to Portugal with Thomas […]

2910, 2018

5 Great Autumn-Winter European City Break Destinations

By |October 29th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Are you looking for fantastic autumn-winter European city break destinations? If so, I’ve got you covered.

I’ve always felt that autumn and winter were great times for a city break. Summer isn’t my favourite time for a city break as it can be a bit too hot and sticky in a city, depending on where you travel to. If it’s too […]

2510, 2018

Lesser-Known Places in Europe I Love

By |October 25th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Europe has so many well-known spots. Paris, Rome, London, Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Barcelona…I could go on and on. All of those are places I’ve been and they’re all popular with tourists from across the world for good reason. They’re all famous in different ways and draw tourists for different reasons.

But, Europe is also home to plenty of less well-known destinations […]

2210, 2018

The Perfect Amount of Travel

By |October 22nd, 2018|Life|0 Comments

What is the perfect amount of travel?

Well, obviously it’s going to be different for everyone. Some people like continuous travel and always being on the road. Others like to travel a few times a month and others are content with getting away a few times a year. Everyone is different, after all.

There are many factors that can influence how much […]

1810, 2018

Why I Visited Portugal Twice in One Month

By |October 18th, 2018|Destinations, Portugal|0 Comments

Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while will know how much I love Portugal, especially The Algarve region. It’s a place I’ve visited dozens of times and have been six times within the last 2 and a half years. But, just recently I visited The Algarve region twice within just a month – that’s a lot even for […]

1510, 2018

15 Best Places to Eat in Glasgow

By |October 15th, 2018|Travel Tales|0 Comments

Having lived just outside of Glasgow my entire life, it’s safe to say I’ve tried some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. So, if you’re looking for the best places to eat in Glasgow, read on…
1. La Vita Spuntini 
La Vita Spuntini dishes up talian tapas at great prices. It’s located on bustling Byres Road and is the […]

1110, 2018

Top Tips for Driving in Portugal

By |October 11th, 2018|Destinations, Portugal, Travel Tips|0 Comments

If you’re thinking of renting a car in Portugal but are nervous because you’ve never driven abroad before then you’re in the right place!

Portugal was the first place I ever drove abroad and I found I actually really enjoyed it. I’m a fairly confident driver at home but still felt a little nervous getting behind the wheel in a foreign […]

810, 2018

Why I Love Coming Home After Travel

By |October 8th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

As much as I love to travel it’s always nice to return home at the end of a trip. Whether I’ve been away from home for weeks, or just a few days it’s always nice to be back (even if it usually means coming home to dreary Scottish weather!).

It’s nice to come home to my house that I absolutely adore and […]

410, 2018

Why I’m Grateful to Have a Regular Weekend Getaway

By |October 4th, 2018|Life|0 Comments

As I flopped down into the impossibly comfortable bed I found myself smiling. I was still smiling contentedly a few moments later when I started rubbing my night cream into my face, soothing it after the blustery sea air had battered on the beach a few hours earlier.
I felt happy, content and comfortable.
It was the end of another day at […]