I was always an unusual girl, filled with ​​​​​​​​​​​​​raw curiosity & a passion for other cultures, something my Irish father undoubtedly bestowed upon me. I grew up in a suburb just outside of Chicago; an enchanted city to which I owe all that I am today. For it was here I developed a child-like, fascination with the world & imagined every possibility for myself.
This was where I learned to dream.

My ache for exploration eventually pushed me to the point where I could no longer be kept by “Sweet Home Chicago”.
I needed something bigger than myself. I needed to travel & allow my curiosity to be unrestricted. I needed to stuff my eyes with wonder & second guess everything I know about the universe. I needed to see what I was made of.

Although my essence, home & heart will forever remain in Chicago — you can currently find me out on the road, on a train, bus or airplane, chasing stories, snapping photos & overall, hanging on every note the world has to offer.

My travel career has taken me across the vast plains of Mongolia, climbing on top of ex-Korean War vehicles, dancing with gypsies in the Great Indian Desert, hitch-hiking during monsoons in Indonesia, slipping along the waterways of Vietnam aboard luxury ships, hot-air-ballooning through Turkey & beyond.

For Emma Young consists of travel images, stories & reviews that are a product of my wanderlust moments, visions, & stimulations. I am forever in search of genuine, unthinkable experiences while on the road to later transform into a compelling story. My free-spirited spontaneity & obsession for culture & perpetual exploration are easily reflected in my unique bodies of work. I aim to capture the soul of each destination I travel to, educate my readers on far-flug corners of the globe, & not only write about - but live the adventure to its fullest.

These are my stories. This is how I strive for a life well-lived.