Most Popular Posts of 2014

I know it's already the end of January (how the heck did that happen so quickly?) but I'm still reviewing 2014 and planning things for this year. Here's a look back at Emma's Travel Read more

15 Things to do in Bruges

1. Lizzie's Waffels If you're going to Belgium then of course you want to try some authentic Belgian waffels. In the name of research I tried lots of different waffels in Bruges but none Read more

Magical Melville Castle

January is traditionally the most depressing month of the year, so when I was invited to stay in a beautiful, 18th century castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh I literally jumped at the chance. Just Read more

Bruges In Pictures

Bruges (or Brugge in Flemish) is one of the most idyllic, fairytale-esque cities I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. I've just returned from a magical four days exploring the city and fell head Read more

20 Things to Do in Edinburgh

1. National Museum of Scotland  I visited the National Museum of Scotland for the first time earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It's full to the brim with fascinating exhibits on subjects ranging from Read more

10 Things I Believe About Travel

Travel is many things to many people. For me, travel is amazing, inspiring, educative and wonderful. I believe there are so many benefits to travelling the world and I think it's something everyone should Read more

Alternative Cities to Visit in Europe

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You know that feeling when you want to take a trip but aren’t sure where to go?

Sure, you could hit up some of Europe’s big-name cities like Paris, Rome, Barcelona or Madrid but, maybe you’ve already been there, or you just don’t feel like going somewhere that feels as though everyone visits. Or perhaps it’s that the inflated prices of the popular cities are simply not in your budget (yeah, I hate that). Either way, don’t let that stop you travelling.
ALTERNATIVE CITIES TO VISIT IN EUROPE

In any country there’s always an alternative to the big, popular city where you can wander without fighting your way through those groups of Asian tourists fighting with each other to get the best photos on their gigantic cameras. There’s somewhere else you can visit that is less touched by tourism, doesn’t have the inflated prices and just feels more relaxed away from the crowds.

Check out my pick of amazing alternative cities in Europe to visit… Read more

Best Places to Visit in Spain

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Spain is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world and I love being just a short plane ride away from the land of tapas, sangria and sunshine.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SPAIN

There are so many fantastic places to visit in Spain and I’m lucky enough to  have explored many of them (but still have lots more to see!). Here’s my favourite places to visit in Spain… Read more

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.
THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA
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

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.

FC BARCELONA, BARCELONA FC, BARCELONA FC FIXTURES

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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?

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

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

My City Break Packing List

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE packing! I’m a lover of being organised with most aspects of my life and packing is definitely one of them. I’m busy exploring Barcelona at the moment so what have I taken to the Catalan capital with me?
HOLIDAY PACKING LIST, CITY BREAK PACKING LIST

I’ve written a longer piece about what I pack for trips where I take luggage in the hold with me but this time I decided on carry on hand luggage only to avoid those pesky Ryanair fees for hold baggage (Ryanair, I know, so glamorous) and needed to stick rigorously to the 10kg limit. Luckily I’ve become quite the expert at packing light for carry on trips after recent escapes to Iceland and more with just my little suitcase. Read more