Why Everyone Should Travel Solo At Least Once

I absolutely believe that everyone -male or female, young or old, single or married - should travel solo at least once in their lifetime. I've travelled solo to many different countries for many different Read more

Best Places to Visit in Spain

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. There are so many fantastic places Read more

How to Successfully Master Visiting Markets When Travelling

Markets can be great places to visit when you're travelling. Often they'll be frequented by local people and you can really get a good sense of a place from visiting it's markets and seeing Read more

3 Months at Home; The Effects of Not Travelling

It's the beginning of September and I haven't left the United Kingdom since the end of May. Three whole months. That might seem like a short space of time for some people, but not Read more

My Travel Fiction Book Must Reads

I've been into books and reading for as long as I can remember and when I was a kid I even used to ask for books as gifts when it came to Christmas or Read more

My August Travel Blogging Round Up

A random collection of photos from my August including glamorous, delicious dinners on cruise ships, long walks in the last of the summer sunshine, homemade truffles and cute doggies. Perfect! Where I've Been August has been 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

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

Surprise! I’m Going to Barcelona

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I have a confession to make. I’ve been keeping a little secret from you all…I’m going to Barcelona tomorrow! Woohoo!

SURPRISE, BARCELONA

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You might be wondering why I’ve been keeping it a secret and there’s a pretty good reason for that, I promise. Read more

Thoughts on India and a Traditional Indian Curry Recipe

Posted on by Emma Gray in India, Travel Tales | 7 Comments

When I visited India last year I have to admit I left the country with incredibly mixed feelings about it. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful, natural country with many amazing things to do and see, which sadly I could only touch upon during my two week trip. I’ve written before about my favourite things about India and I stand by everything on that list. The colours, the animals, the food, the architecture and the landscape are all things I adored about India.
TRADITIONAL INDIAN CURRY RECIPE
I was however, perplexed by the chaos of it all. The disparity between rich and poor is both shocking and alarming yet I find it hard to see how anything will be done about this anytime soon. The amount of slums, filled with little ramshackle structures barely the size of a two man tent, that I saw was something I’ll never forget. I won’t be able to get pictures of children begging on the streets, people defecating on train tracks and people sleeping rough on the busy city streets out of my mind anytime soon.

Before my trip I heard many people say that there’s no place like India and by the time my journey was over I really knew what they meant. Read more

My Favourite Special Places to Stay in Scotland

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I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some beautiful places in my beloved home country of Scotland. I’ve enjoyed stays in luxury hotels, fabulous mansion houses, adorable cottages and sleek, modern apartments and I’ve decided to put together a list of my absolute favourite special places to stay in Scotland to share with you all. If you’re looking for somewhere fabulous to stay to make your trip to Scotland really special, then you’ve come to the right place!

Glenapp Castle

I felt like an absolute princess when I stayed in the breathtaking Baronial style Glenapp Castle last year. This Relais and Châteaux Castle Hotel has just seventeen bedrooms, each individually decorated and with some seriously luxe touches.
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Scenes from St Petersburg, Russia

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As a travel blogger and writer one of the questions I’m always asked by people is “what is your favourite place that you’ve visited?” and each time I can’t answer it. Asking me to pick one favourite place in the 35 countries and countless cities I’ve visited is like asking a parent to pick which of their children is their favourite.

ST PETERSBURG, BEST PLACES TO VISIT

Usually when I’m asked the question I offer up a handful of places that I’ve visited and loved but one which always passes my lips is St Petersburg in Russia.

It’s a place I’ve only visited once but absolutely fell head over heels in love with. I’d return in a heartbeat to explore more of the city and learn more about the fascinating history that exists here. Read more