Traveler Tuesday – Ashley of Ashley Abroad
Well, Ashley has not led a dull life! A self-proclaimed Francophile (mais oui!) who spent time as an au pair in Paris, then hit the road for adventures, then Colorado for skiing (and work in between trips) and then found herself in Uganda before hitting the road again – it's hard to keep up! Luckily she documents it all on Ashley Abroad!
Let’s meet Ashley!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
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I first traveled abroad when I was 15 on a group trip to Ecuador. The trip was a bit of a shock – we did a four-day backpacking trip in the Andes, and I had never even been camping! Though the trip was tough, I came back completely obsessed with travel.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
It really depends on the place. In some destinations, I’m all about the food (e.g. anywhere in Asia), and in others, I’m more focused on adventure activities, like scuba diving, skiing, or hiking. I'm also a history buff so I love visiting anything old.
 What do you love most about traveling?
I find travel most enriching when I meet or stay with locals. When I was younger I couchsurfed a lot, and I've also lived with families in Argentina, France, and Spain. I have a huge passion for languages – I speak French and Spanish – so I enjoy any trip when I can use them.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
Getting sick, especially when traveling solo.
 Why should people travel?
Because we live in a huge, fascinating world, and there’s so much to eat, see, and learn.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
Anthony Bourdain. I fell in love with his show No Reservations as a teenager, and it has inspired so many of my trips.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
Packing cubes, sunscreen, and a comfy hoodie.
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
Bologna, Italy, has the best food I’ve tried in Italy – it's outrageously good. If you go there, try the tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini, and mortadella. Basically, just eat as much fresh pasta as possible.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
Japan. I once spent a 24-hour layover there and it seemed like the quietest, most magical place. I’d love to go back and see more.
I also just spent the last year living in Kampala, Uganda, and there's so much more of Africa I want to see. I'd love to travel to West Africa, especially the French-speaking parts.
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Write with your audience in mind. I try to make everything I write useful for other people in some way; each post is meant to be either informational (a how-to guide) or entertaining (an interesting story). I think the best bloggers and writers don’t just write about their lives but write about them in a way that’s entertaining or helpful for other people.
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
My favorite blogs are manrepeller.com, cupofjo.com, and thisbatteredsuitcase.com.
Ashley's Lightning Round of Favorites
Mode of Transportation: Train
City or Country: Favorite countries: France or Vietnam, favorite cities: San Francisco or Cape Town
Travel Gear: My Osprey rolling backpack.
Travel snack: Pringles or Oreos. When I’m far from home I always end up craving my favorite junk food from when I was a kid.
Book: Recently, Pachinko
Movie: Lord of the Rings
Song: I don't think I have one!
Quote: “There is no such thing as a simple life.” – Olive Kitteridge
You can keep up with Ashley on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and of course on her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her travel adventures!
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Traveling is definitely a good thing. There’s so much to see and do in this world. There a lot of destinations on my bucket list. It sure would be fun to write about my adventures in a blog.
I love to travel. I wish I would have done more of it when I was younger and before having kids. Now we just don’t have it on our budget.
Oh yes as a foodie Italy has to be on the top of any traveler list of best places! I also agree, getting sick while traveling would be the worst. Luckily this has never happened to me and I hope it never does.
What is a packing cube? I like reading about other’s packing must haves, but I am not sure what a packing cube is. I agree with taking along sunscreen and a comfy hoodie!
She’s right in Italy being a foodie destination! I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal there while visiting!
Wow! All those countries, all those places…! I love travelling so much! I want to be Ashley!
I really wish I could travel more. I was lucky to do a bit of in-country traveling throughout my teen years. I also lived in Japan for two years, so at least I’ll always have that. I think it would be amazing to do some solo traveling and not have to stick to anyone else’s schedule or itinerary except your own!
Cheers to more travels! I love this words from you on why we travel: “Because we live in a huge, fascinating world, and there’s so much to eat, see, and learn.” couldn’t agree more on this!
This is so cool! Indeed, whenever people ask me why we should travel, I always answer with “because why not?” 😉
I enjoy beautiful architecture. Thank you for sharing your Paris adventure! Hopefully , I will get to visit one day!