Exploring England's Lake District

I've always kind of wondered why everyone waits for the summer to arrive in the UK and then immediately leaves to go on holiday, meaning they miss all the best weather? Surely when the Read more

My Favourite Places (So Far)

When I meet new people and answer the inevitable 'so what is it you do?' question with the reply that I'm a travel blogger and writer, one of the next questions they ask is Read more

Why I Love Travelling with my Dog

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"  Anatole France I've always been an animal lover and my dog, Ben, is definitely my best buddy. I plagued the life out of Read more

Why I Love Flying

I absolutely adore flying and everything about it. Few things make me happier than knowing I'm getting on a plane to a new place. I love the feeling of travel, of movement, and everything Read more

Travel Inspired Decor

I absolutely love beautiful home decor and having just recently redecorated my bedroom and home office (where I bring you guys lots of blogging loveliness from!) I've been busy scouring the internet for travel Read more

Things to do in a New Destination

I absolutely adore the mixture of feelings of freedom, mystery, intrigue and expectation that inevitably come tumbling upon me when arriving in a new place. Somewhere you've never visited before can hold such promise and Read more

Exploring England’s Lake District

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I’ve always kind of wondered why everyone waits for the summer to arrive in the UK and then immediately leaves to go on holiday, meaning they miss all the best weather? Surely when the sun is shining in Britain (which admittedly doesn’t happen all that often!) you want to stick around and make the most of it! With this idea in mind, last week I indulged in a little summer staycation and took a road trip to England’s Lake District for a relaxing few days.

I was thoroughly regretting this decision about 45 minutes from arriving in our first destination, Ambleside, as the rain was coming down in sheets and we couldn’t see any of the striking scenery because of it. Summer…what summer?! Luckily for us the rain stopped half an hour after arrival and it was blue skies all the way from there. Lucky or what!
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Why You Should Visit Scotland in Summer

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It’s no secret that everywhere looks better in the sunshine, and Scotland is no exception to this rule. Scotland is a breathtakingly beautiful country even on a grey, rainy day (we get those too often in Scotland!) but add some golden sunshine and blue skies and it’s undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous places on the planet. I know as a native Scot I’m totally biased but I hope my pictures can help convince you that I’m not utterly deluded…
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My Top Things to do in Barcelona

Posted on by Emma Gray in Spain, Travel Tales | 2 Comments

Barcelona is a city that I absolutely adore. The architecture is some of my favourite in the world, the food is to die for and I love the constant buzz and excitement of the city. It offers the glorious mix of having a beautiful beach where you can relax with the sand between your toes and the sun on your skin and it also offers all of the things you’d expect from a cosmopolitan major city.
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I’ve been to Barcelona probably around ten different times so I like to think I know the city pretty well (although I am by no means an expert) so here’s some of my favourite top things to do in Barcelona… Read more

Scenes from a Scottish Road Trip

Posted on by Emma Gray in Scotland, Travel Tales | 4 Comments

Any of you lovely people who are regular readers here will know I’m exceedingly, over-enthusiastically, desperately in love with my home country of Scotland. I think it’s one of the best in the entire world and always love an opportunity to explore it further as there’s just so many amazing places that I haven’t seen yet.

I recently returned from a wonderful three day road trip that saw us ambling through the west of Scotland’s countryside, past lochs, through valleys and over hills. Scotland is just so darn photogenic and I found myself wanting to stop the car every 10 minutes or so because of a beautiful view I’d seen and wanted to capture. How often do you get to say that about a country?!

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Touring the Camp Nou – Home of Barcelona FC

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If you follow me on Twitter then you’ll probably have noticed that I tweet quite frequently about football (that’s soccer for my lovely American readers!). I love football and have done ever since I was little and I wanted to hang with my dad and brother while they watched it. I support two football teams, one from Scotland and one from Spain – Barcelona FC.

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I watch pretty much every single one of Barcelona’s games during the season and for any boys out there who think girls are clueless about football, I’d be happy to prove you wrong and have a discussion about the offside rule, this summers transfer rumours or anything else football related! Read more

Is Barcelona Safe for Solo Travellers?

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The Catalan Capital, Barcelona, is without a doubt one of my favourite cities in the world. Every time I visit I find myself falling more and more in love with the wonderful architecture of my favourite modernista buildings and the smatterings of Gaudí’s work that punctuate the city. I remember how much I adore the juxtaposition of the buzz of the city compared with the far more relaxed pace enjoyed at the beach. My taste buds perk up at the scent of tapas and jamon and I am constantly surprised by the different panoramic views across the sprawling city afforded from various different points.
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I’ve visited Barcelona around ten different times – as an undoubtedly annoying 12 year old on a school trip, with family, as a cruise passenger, with friends, with my boyfriend, for work and also alone. I’ve had many readers ask (via my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter) if Barcelona is a safe place for solo travellers. My answer? YES! Read more

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