2015 Dream Travels

I spend a ridiculously large amount of time searching for flights, hotels and holidays online and often I end up looking at places that are WAY out of my budget. There's just something wonderfully Read more

Sunny Places I'd Rather Be Right Now

It's that time of year where it's cold, dark, dreary and (because it's Scotland) always raining. I know I should be more into the festive spirit but the depressing weather is seriously making me Read more

Places to Visit in 2015

I don't know about you guys but I've finished my Christmas shopping and have now moved onto the really exciting stuff - deciding where I want to travel to during 2015. I absolutely love travel Read more

What's in my Hand Luggage When I Travel?

I often get emails, tweets and Facebook messages asking what's in my hand luggage when I travel, so today I thought I'd give you all a little peek inside. I'm actually quite a low-maintenance traveller Read more

Best Places I've Stayed in 2014

Through my job as a travel writer and blogger I get to stay in some pretty amazing places. In the last few years I've stayed in a few different castles (just call me Princess Read more

2015 Goals

I'm not really one for making new year's resolutions and that's not what I'm going to call the things I'm about to list here. I'm describing them as 'goals' rather than resolutions. Why? Well, Read more

What Are Cruises Really Like?

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I’m a fan of cruises and I’ll happily admit that. I know there are people out there who absolutely hate cruises and that’s fine, cruising isn’t for everyone. I’ve been lucky enough to have embarked upon 18 different cruises so far so it’s safe to say I know a lot about the subject of cruising.

One thing I repeatedly find when I tell people that I love cruising is a barrage of questions about what cruises are actually like. Many people view cruising as being like the movie Titanic and imagine nothing but little old couples shuffling awkwardly around a ballroom in the evenings and doing little during the day. Sure, some cruises are like this but only very few, and cruising has really changed for the better in the last few years. It’s become a popular option for young couples, young families and groups of friends.
WHAT ARE CRUISES REALLY LIKE
So if you’ve ever considered a cruise but decided against it because you’re just not sure what life on board a cruise ship is really like, read on to find out the truth about cruising as I answer some of the most common questions. Read more

Sailing Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore with Silversea

Posted on by Emma Gray in China, Cruising, Travel Tales, Vietnam | 2 Comments

I’ve just returned from a fabulous cruise with Silversea, a luxury cruise company, in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore. As many of you will know I also have a cruise blog, Emma On Board, and I’ll be sharing a full and detailed report of the entire cruise on there soon but here I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos from my trip.

The trip began with me flying to Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated places in the entire world. This was the incredible view of the city from my Verandah Suite on board Silver Shadow.
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I’m Going on a Cruise with Silversea

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Today I’m beyond excited to be able to announce that I’m going on a cruise with Silversea to China, Vietnam and Singapore!
CRUISE WITH SILVERSEA, SILVER SHADOW
If you’re a regular reader here then you’ll probably know that I also have a cruise blog, Emma On Board, which focuses specifically on cruise holidays for the younger passenger and aims to prove cruising isn’t just for grandparents! I’ve been lucky enough to have sailed on 14 cruises in my 23 years and I’m delighted that Silversea and this AMAZING cruise are going to be my fifteenth cruise. Read more

The Bay of Kotor

Posted on by Emma Gray in Cruising, Destinations, Montenegro, Travel Tales | 5 Comments

I travelled to six different countries in June, and subsequently many of the places I visited were a bit of a blur. One of the places that stood out for all the right reasons was the Montenegrin city of Kotor, and the stunning bay which is sits at the head of.
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Visiting Positano and the Amalfi Coast

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I’d always wanted to visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and particularly the town of Positano which I’d heard was one of the most picture perfect towns along what is a devastatingly beautiful stretch of coast. So when I found myself in nearby Naples whilst sailing on board Celebrity Silhouette, I jumped at the opportunity to finally set foot in Positano.

I arrived in Positano by hydrofoil from Sorrento, a popular seaside town just 10 miles away. Stepping off the hydrofoil and onto dry land I looked up at the town before me. It rose dramatically up out of the sparkling turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and there were hundreds of colourful buildings clinging to the hillside. It was beautiful.

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In Defense of the Cruise

Posted on by Emma Gray in Cruising, Travel Tales | 17 Comments

The subject of cruise holidays seems to be a bit like marmite- you either love them or you hate them. Everyone seems to have an opinion on cruises, and many people aren’t afraid to let their thoughts be heard. The latest Huffington Post article by Adrian Brijbassi entitled ‘Why You Should Never Go On a Cruise‘ is no exception.

The title immediately had my hackles up. I recently wrote about how I hate being told the proposed ‘right’ way to travel, and this article tells me what I shouldn’t be doing before I’ve even read the first sentence. However, I read it in it’s entirety and by the end I couldn’t agree with a single point the author had made. By far the most baffling point made in the article is Brijbassi saying that a cruise to the Galapagos is one of the few reasons he is glad cruises exist, which seems to be contradicting the whole point of his article.
In Defense of the Cruise

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