Traveler Tuesday – Ashley of Travel with Castle

Traveler-Tuesday-on-Misadventures-with-AndiI am pleased to introduce you to another lovely AFAR Ambassador today. Ashley of Travel with Castle is an exciting travel blogger with a hunger for adventure. She is an insatiable foodie who seeks out new places to explore and dishes to satisfy. I am in awe of the fearlessness when it comes to capturing video – that is something I have not managed to do yet, I am too camera shy! But not Ashley, she has great videos from her myriad of trips and I am enjoying getting to know her better.

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She took a pause long enough to answer my Traveler Tuesday questions so that we could learn a little more about her.

Traveler Tuesday Ashley of Travel with Castle
Meet Ashley

[1] When and how did you become a traveler?

I believe traveling was always in my soul– as a child, I was always an explorer, creating magical lands and places amidst the 2 acres of pecan trees where I grew up. My first experience abroad was when I was 20 years old, the summer before my senior year in college. I decided to meet my friend who had studied abroad in Italy during the spring semester to backpack through Europe. I worked 2 jobs to save the money, bought my Eurail pass and hopped on the plane, and it forever changed the course of my life. Looking back, I’m proud of myself for having the courage to do it, and I’m grateful to my parents for having the courage and faith to let me go.

Traveler Tuesday Ashley of Travel with Castle in Rome
Ashley in Rome

[2] What is travel to you in 10 words or less?

A lens that expands the soul and brings humanity together.

[3] What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

It depends on where I’m at. When in India, I love the little motorized buggies. When in Hawaii, it’s a helicopter. And after returning from a trip around the world via business class, let’s be honest: the lie down beds in business class are a pretty amazing way to go!

India motorized buggies
Photo credit: Ideastream

[4] What do you typically do while traveling by plane?

If I’m on a long flight in coach, I have a hard time sleeping, so I read, journal or watch movies. If I have the luxury of first class, I’ll eat the full meal (and definitely enjoy dessert and champagne) and then try to get some sleep.

Traveler Tuesday – Ashley of Travel with Castle on an airplane

[5] What is your favorite travel memory involving food?

On that first trip to Europe, we got to Prague and were staying far outside the city in an old hotel called Hotel DUM (pronouced DOOM, we were thrilled). We went into the city center, and it was raining and chilly- we were exhausted after a full day of travel. It was a Sunday night and all restaurants were closed– we couldn’t even find something we didn’t want, like McDonald’s. My friend spotted what looked like a 5 star restaurant. She was on her parents’ dime, and I was on my own– funds were running low and I didn’t know what to do. It turned out that it was their opening week, and when we sat down, we were told that all we had to pay for was the alcohol- the entire 5 course meal was on them! This was my first true culinary experience and such an amazing evening for a tired, college-age backpacker.

restaurant le papillon le palais prague
Restaurant Le Papillon at he Le Palais in Prague (Photo credit: Vi Hotels)

[6] What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
I’ve learned that you don’t have to have it all figured out in the beginning- your mission, your design, or even your focus in knowing exactly what you want to write about. As you grow as a person, your writing grows and your blog will evolve in its own time. Trust the process and also trust that you have something beautiful to share with the world.

[7] Where to next?

I’m going to Brazil tomorrow! Montreal and Toronto in June and SE Asia (bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos!) this summer!

Traveler Tuesday – Ashley of Travel with Castle in Rio
Ashley in Rio

Thanks Ashley!

You can see all of Ashley’s AFAR Highlights and Wanderlists where she shares her experiences all over the world as well as keep up with her on her blog Travel with Castle or Facebook page and check out her chatter on Twitter. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!

ALL photos except where noted are courtesy Ashley’s blog.


  1. TheWanderfullTraveler
    May 21, 2013

    Love her blogging advice.
    It’s been just over two years now and I am finally coming into my own and it has been reflecting in the amount of readers.


  2. Jen
    May 22, 2013

    I liked the blogging tip, too. Something beautiful to share with he world. I also like the story about Prague. Love this series,Andi. Thank you.

  3. Abby
    May 25, 2013

    I love that blog name!! Great trips coming up… She seems like such a fun, creative soul!

  4. Trudy Clockedile
    June 27, 2013

    I love the Roaming Gnome picture. Hope Ashley enjoyed Montreal – it’s beautiful there.

  5. Shannon
    February 9, 2014

    Hotel Dum (Doom) sounds so awesome and a 5 star meal for only the alcohol, how wonderful.


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