I’m kicking off 2017 with some big news – yesterday I quit my job and next month I’m moving to Africa! Uganda, specifically.

Words can’t express how excited I am to live abroad again. Some of my friends think I’m insane – I’m quitting a great job to move to Africa, a continent I’ve never visited. But hey, you only live once and I’ve wanted to see Africa since I was a kid. It’s now or never.

So what am I doing in Africa, you may be wondering? In Africa, I’ll be working in marketing at my uncle’s company, and living with my aunt and uncle at their house in Kampala, who are most graciously hosting me. For now, I have a six-month job contract.

What’s interesting is that I’m not leaving because I’m miserable. In fact, I’ve been really happy recently. I have an incredible group of friends, have been taking acting classes (yes, really), and enjoy my job. But when the opportunity to move to Africa came up, I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up.

What’s more is I’m excited to work on personal projects. I have a month off between the last day at my current job and the day I move to Africa, and I’m SO excited to finally  write an au pairing e-book and a non-fiction book proposal. I also would love to blog more – I still haven’t blogged about my trip to Europe in the fall, and have lots of photos and stories I want to share.

Travel Advice Needed!

Anyway, I would LOVE to hear your Africa recommendations! I haven’t done much research and have never been there, so am basically clueless. So if you’ve been there, please let me know your favorite spots!

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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