About Me

Hey! I’m Ashley. 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 learning everything I could about French wine.

Since then, I’ve crammed as much travel as possible into my twenties. So far, I’ve lived abroad three times (Argentina, France, and Uganda) and have traveled to 45 countries, 15 of them solo.

I’m interested in living abroad because I like to understand other cultures in a deeper way. I try to take a cooking class every visit and don’t consider a trip complete unless I’ve chatted with a few locals.

In my mind, one of the best ways to connect with people is by learning their language; currently, I speak Spanish and French fluently, and I hope to learn more languages down the line.

Some of my favorite adventures have been:

Some of my least favorite travel experiences have been:

  • Getting food poisoning many times while traveling (I see you, India!)
  • Getting flashed in France
  • Getting pickpocketed in Argentina
  • Getting a third-degree burn from a motorcycle in Uganda
  • Flying Frontier to Vegas on Labor Day Weekend
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Why I blog

I want to show other women how to achieve their dreams of living and traveling internationally; whether that’s moving abroad, walking the Camino, or traveling solo for the first time.

Truth be told, I’m not that brave. I struggle with anxiety and I’m kind of a scaredy-cat. (I freak out if someone even mentions a rat.) But despite that, I’ve been able to do some amazing things.

How I started my blog

I started my blog in 2012, right after graduating from college. I had no idea what I was doing with my life, but I did know I loved to travel, write, and take photos. So I started a blog and soon after moved to Paris.

Since then, my blog has been featured Buzzfeed, Forbes, National Geographic, Expedia, USA Today, Glamour, and more. I’ve also made some of my closest friends. It’s been a crazy ride!

Check out my post on How to Start a Travel Blog if you’re interested in starting your own blog!

Here are some resources that will help you plan your travels or move abroad:

Check out my Destinations page to see all of the places I’ve traveled.

Check out my Travel Resources page to see how I plan those trips.

Check out my Packing page to see what I never leave the house without.

Check out my Expat Resources page if you’re interested in moving abroad.

Check out my Expat Series to read interviews with expat women who live all over the world.

A little (more) about me…

The great loves of my life are food, languages, travel, and writing. Since childhood, I’ve been a massive reader, which I think is what led me to travel. I’m kind of obsessed with Korean skincare 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 Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, Denver, Boulder, and Kampala, Uganda. Currently, I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I’m attending grad school at the University of Michigan.

I like going on really, really long walks. To date, I’ve walked the Camino de Santiago and Hadrian’s Wall, which is a 2,000-year-old Roman wall in Northern England.

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!

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