About Me

Hey! I’m Ashley. I’m a twenty-something red wine drinker, bookworm, and mountain lover. I love to travel and believe in living a life worth writing about.

Here’s my story: I grew up in Michigan, then headed straight to Chicago for college.

And at the age of 21, three weeks after graduation, I called it quits on normal and moved to Paris.

In France I spent a year working as an au pair, eating a criminal amount of cheese, and loving life as a Paris expat.

Then, at 23, I spent a year traveling the world. My adventures? Attending Carnevale in Venice, learning how to scuba dive in Thailand, motorcycling across Vietnam, completing my Yoga Teacher Training in India, hiking the Himalayas, and embarking on an independent yoga retreat in Bali.

At 24, I moved to Colorado. I worked in tech marketing for two years and spent all of my free time skiing, hiking and traveling abroad as often in possible. In two years I visited Jordan, Nicaragua, Mexico City, Iceland, and lots of American states. (Thank god for flexible PTO).

At 26, I embarked on the biggest adventure yet – moving to Uganda. While in Uganda, I fell in love with Cape Town, went scuba-diving on Zanzibar, and mountain-biked with zebras.

At 27, I drank beer at Oktoberfest (highly recommended), learned how to cook like an Italian grandmother in Bologna, and walked nearly 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, one of the best experiences of my life.

Now I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I’m pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. Travel will always be a huge part of my life, but I also want to have a career I love, as well as a bit more stability. I guess I want the best of both worlds.

Why I blog

I want to show others that it’s possible to travel when you’re young and cash-poor– in fact it’s probably the best time! I especially think more female travelers should know that solo travel is an option, Couchsurfing is incredible, and there is no time like the present. Honestly.

This blog is also an online portfolio for my writing and photography, as well as a great tool to meet other travelers, writers and like-minded people. (That’s actually my favorite part of blogging!)

And if you’re new around here, here’s the Best of the Blog! It covers everything from heartbreak in South America to how the French stay thin. (That one took a LOT of research.)

A little (more) about me…

The great loves of my life are food, languages, travel, and writing. I love oysters on the half-shell and boudin noir and still-warm baguettes. I’m kind of obsessed with photographing street art and I’m not a fan of margarine, billboards, or Ryanair customer service.

I was born on July 21, the same day as Hemingway. I’d like to think this isn’t a coincidence.

Despite my suburban upbringing, I’m definitely a city girl- so far I have lived in ChicagoParisBuenos Aires, Denver, Boulder, Kampala, Uganda, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I speak Spanish and French due to a studying abroad in both Spain and Argentina and living in France for a year. I used to know some Portuguese and when I’m really tired you can hear my Michigan accent.

Contact me!

Please send me any questions you might have at ashley{at} ashleyabroad {dot} com. Feel free to contact me here or reference my advertising page. I would love to hear from you!