“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.

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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...

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Want to improve your vocabulary? Start a wordboard

This will probably come as no surprise given how much I read, but I love words. I love reading any words that are beautifully strung together, whether it's in the form of poetry or foreign languages or rap music. Hearing an articulate person speak is like music to me,...

My First Impressions of Uganda

I've only been in Kampala, Uganda, for a week and I'm already head over heels. I like it so much that when people ask me, "How are you liking Kampala so far?" I have to hold back from gushing about all the reasons I'm so enamored. For those who don't know, I moved to...

Highlights of a Week in England

England holds a special place in my heart. I love the pubs, the dry humor, the thousands of years of history. It's also a very unique country. Where else would you overhear a middle-aged man on the train talking about how he's 'very fussy' with his tea sandwiches?...