Surprising Places I Haven’t Visited… Yet

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some pretty exciting and far flung places so far in my lifetime like Australia and Russia, but there are some serious travel oversights that will surprise you. There’s some places that I definitely should have visited, but haven’t…yet!


Despite living in Scotland, and being so wonderfully close to continental Europe, you’ll be surprised to hear I haven’t made it to Paris yet. People are always shocked when I tell them that, after all, it is less than a 2 hour flight from Glasgow airport and as Audrey Hepburn famously said, Paris is always a good idea. 

I always think of couples strolling hand in hand being all lovey dovey when I think of Paris and that’s definitely not me. I’m so not a fan of PDAs and this is a big part of why I haven’t visited France’s capital yet. I’m the girl who would be more likely to buy Disneyland Paris tickets, which can be purchased from AttractionTix, or eat my body weight in delicious French food than put a love lock on a bridge over the Seine.

Eiffel Tower Paris

I’ll be sure to check this out while I’m in Paris!

This is set to change in 2013 however as I’ll be visiting Paris on a whirlwind 3 day trip to go to a Bruce Springsteen gig! I’ll be exploring Paris from the view of an anti-romantic and looking for cool things to do in the city that don’t involve clichéd Parisian scenes. If you have any tips or recommendations I’d love to hear them!


That’s right, I’ve never set foot on the island of Guinness and dramatic scenery. I have even less of an excuse for not visiting Ireland since it’s only an hour away from home in Scotland so why have I not been before now? In all honesty, I’m not really sure. It’s just tempting to jump on a plane to somewhere with pretty much guaranteed good weather when it always seems to be raining in Scotland.

Ha'penny Bridge Dublin

Ha’penny Bridge Dublin

Again, this is all set to change in 2013 (yay!) with a trip to Ireland on the cards for travel blogger conference TBEX which is being held in Dublin in October. Bring it on!

The Highlands of Scotland

That’s right, I’m the worst Scottish person ever for not having visited the Highlands before! It’s like I said with Ireland, it’s too easy to get on a plane to the sunshine and raise my vitamin levels than chill (literally) in Scotland. I am however totally excited to be heading to The Highlands in a few weeks as part of my trip over Hogmanay with some great travel bloggers from around the world. After welcoming in 2013 in Edinburgh, we’ll be visiting the beautiful island of Skye and going hunting for Nessie at Loch Ness and I couldn’t be happier.

Neist Point, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Looking forward to scenes like this in Skye!

It’s going to be cold and most probably raining, but I’m packing waterproofs and lots of layers and I’m planning on having the time of my life!

What surprising places have you not visited yet? Have you been to Paris, Ireland and The Highlands of Scotland?


13 Responses to Surprising Places I Haven’t Visited… Yet

  1. Marco Fiori

    It’s gotta be Ireland for me. I always consider it really close and within grasp that it doesn’t need my attention until I’ve run out of far flung places to go. Maybe one day I’ll get there!

    • Emma Gray

      Haha yeah that’s kind of my problem too. I feel like maybe I’m missing out though because people keep telling me how great it is. I guess I’ll find out in October :)

  2. Shanna Schultz

    The Isle of Skye is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been…I think you will be really happy when you have a chance to get there.

    On a side note, my husband and I are also planning on being in Edinburgh on NYE (that is the plan, anyways, always subject to change)…

    • Emma Gray

      Ah you’re getting me so excited for my visit to Skye in a couple of weeks, Shanna!

      Aw excellent, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time. Maybe I’ll even bump into you during the festivities! Feel free to use the hashtag #blogmanay on twitter to get involved with all our tweets :)

  3. brandy bell

    Hi Emma! It seems like we’ve missed a lot of the same spots — the real question is, when is Paris? ;)
    I’m always happy to meet a fellow travel writer…especially in Fabulous France!

  4. kami

    I’ve been to Paris twice but to be honest it’s not my fave city – it may be nice but a little bit overrated to me. I’m curious how you’ll find it!
    As for Ireland- it’s awesome and you should go there soon! but not necessarily to Dublin – the countryside is so much better!

    • Emma Gray

      Yeah I’m intrigued to see what I’ll think of Paris too.

      Well I’ll be in Dublin for the conference anyway, hopefully I’ll have time to check out the countryside whilst I’m there too!

  5. Scarlett

    I’ve only spent one night in Dublin on a boat… which is ridiculous considering I’m in Liverpool so I know how you feel. Here’s to a 2013 filled with adventures x

    • Emma Gray

      Aw man, you gotta get to Dublin properly sometime then honey! I’ll definitely drink to an adventure-filled 2013! xx

  6. Red Hunt

    I’ve only spent 1 night in Paris and haven’t been to Ireland or Scotland either…ahhh, sometimes it’s good to save obvious places for a special occasion perhaps?

    • Emma Gray

      Maybe you’re right about saving obvious places for special occasions. I have just come back from the most fabulous trip in Scotland though. Scotland is the best, get here soon!

  7. LoveLunchLiftoff

    We went to Paris on a day trip and saw as much as we could. It was amazing! Definitely visit there. We are dying to go to Ireland also, hopefully we will add it to our list and take it off the Bucket List!

    • Emma Gray

      I’m glad you loved Paris when you visited. Hopefully I will too :)

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