“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

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I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Africa. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and India for a year, and lived in Colorado. Read more on my About Me page.

Latest blog posts

Lunch at The Rock Restaurant on Zanzibar

Normally I wouldn't dedicate an entire post to a restaurant. (Okay wait, maybe that's a lie.) But having lunch at the Rock Restaurant on Zanzibar was one of the most unique dining experiences I've ever had. For those who have been living under a rock (uh sorry, dad...

Life in Uganda: Months 5&6

So I've decided to resume my monthly recaps! My recaps will cover the highs and lows of living in Uganda, as well as recap where I'm traveling and what I'm reading. I've also decided to change the title of this series as it's looking like I won't be moving to Kenya –...

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling While Working Full-Time

It can be hard to travel when you work full-time. Especially if you're American. After all, the United States is the world's only advanced economy that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Thanks, (rampant, unchecked) capitalism. However it is...

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Books I love

10 Books to Read Before Visiting Paris

Since starting this blog I've wanted to write about the best books to read before heading to Paris. So here it finally is- my top ten favorite books about France. It's taken me many years and Amazon orders to curate this list, so I do hope you enjoy. A word of...

Musings

Celebrating a Blogiversary – Ashley Abroad Turns Two!

Hey guys! So today I'm excited because my blog jut turned two. (And yes, I do refer to it as if it were my child.) Who would've guessed I'd still be blogging after all this time? I certainly wouldn't have! Anyway, a lot's changed since last year's blogiversary and in...

Back Home, But What Next?

Confession: recently I've been having a bit of a crisis. I'm back home and savoring the Michigan summer as always. But the one question that plagues me day after day is, "Okay, so what now?" As many of you know I just returned home from a four-month trip around the...

Why Working as a Digital Nomad is Not for Me

During my four-month trip to Asia, I worked remotely as a freelance writer and blogger, earning the bulk of my income from freelance writing. While I worked several freelance writing jobs, my main gig was as a Category Expert for Answers.com. Commissioned to write...