“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

Hey! I’m Ashley. I’m a wine drinker, bookworm, and travel enthusiast. Since college I’ve au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo for a year, lived in Colorado and Uganda, and walked the Camino de Santiago. Read more on my About Me page.

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20 Essential Tips for Your First Oktoberfest

20 Essential Tips for Your First Oktoberfest

I was surprised by how much I loved Oktoberfest. I don't know if it was the liters of golden lager or all of the handsome German men in lederhosen, but Oktoberfest was an...

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Camino de Santiago

The Ultimate Camino de Santiago Packing List

The Ultimate Camino de Santiago Packing List

When planning out my Camino de Santiago packing list, I researched dozens of packing lists. I wanted to get it right - after all, the Camino takes around 36 days and crosses...

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10 Ways That Living Abroad Permanently Changed Me

10 Ways That Living Abroad Permanently Changed Me

In the past ten years, I've lived abroad in three countries: Argentina, France, and most, recently, Uganda. As a result, I've learned that moving to another country will change you, in ways big and small. From what you to eat to how you see the world… and possibly...

Do Readers Grow Up to Be Travelers?

Do Readers Grow Up to Be Travelers?

Since I was a child, I've been entranced by two things: books and faraway places. Though I didn't leave the country until I was 15, I explored as much as possible without going anywhere. I read stacks of books. I took my red wagon to the library. I called an empty...

Career Advice for Lost Twenty-somethings

Career Advice for Lost Twenty-somethings

Me at my college graduation in 2012 In my twenties, I've felt so much pressure (both internal and external) to find the right career. I think most of us have. Since graduating from college, I've worked in sales and marketing. I've freelanced and blogged and au paired....