When you take a look at Ashley of My Wanderlusty Life’s bio, you can see right away that she is someone who you want to travel with!
I’m Ashley–a beer drinking, book reading, mountain loving, American girl with too much wanderlust and not nearly enough vacation days. I’m a full-time worker and part-time world traveler on a mission to help you travel the world on a time budget.
Not everyone is a full-time traveler, but when us full-time workers get away, like Ashley, we do it with gusto because we know we are coming back to work. I like having a home base too (even if sometimes that’s an RV) and I’m glad to see that Ashley feels the same!
Let’s meet Ashley!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I grew up taking summer vacations each year but never traveled internationally until I met my husband. His job took us all over but after my first trip abroad (to Venezuela) I was HOOKED. I was 24 years old.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
A super fast one. I like to see as much of a place as I can with what little time I have to travel. Early mornings & packed days! I’m truly in my element fitting three countries into nine days.
 What do you love most about traveling?
Being in a place where I don’t speak any of the language and no one speaks mine. It’s challenging, humbling, and totally freeing.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
The post-vacation depression! Trying to get back into the routine of life after an amazing time away in a new country is HARD.
 Why should people travel?
To put their egos in check. Traveling humbles you–no matter where you go or how often you do it. I don’t think there’s a person on Earth who couldn’t stand to be taken down a notch.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
Tom Hanks – I imagine he’s great company, knows a lot of great restaurants, plus he’s a hoot.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
Camera (even if it’s just the one on my phone)
A travel pillow, religiously
A book to read at the end of the day–like an actual paper book
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
I’m not particularly ‘foodie’… but it was Barcelona that had the best food I’ve ever put in my mouth. Go for pintxos at Irati Taverna Basca.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Don’t listen to the haters! The internet (and everyone else actually) will tell you there’s already enough travel blogs out there and that breaking through will be impossible. Don’t be discouraged. Find your own way to stand out!
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
Annual Adventure | Inspiring me to take better photos and more serious adventures
A Dangerous Business | Inspiring me to visit New Zealand [Read my Traveler Tuesday interview with Amanda!]
Joy and Journey | Inspiring me to explore more of Latin America
Ashley’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: Taipei, Taiwan
Mode of Transportation: Bus
City or Country: Florence, Italy
Travel Gear: Packing cubes
Travel snack: Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif bars
Book: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Movie: Lord of the Rings
Song: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
Quote: “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” -Dalai Lama
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