“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 Uganda. 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

Unpopular Opinion: I Didn't Enjoy My Overland Tour of South Africa

When I was considering booking an overland tour of South Africa, I had some doubts. First of all, I generally dislike tours as I find them restrictive and rushed. When I travel, I like lots of free time to explore as I please; tours don't usually allow for that. But...

The Ultimate One Week Zanzibar Itinerary

My one-week trip to Zanzibar was nearly perfect. It ticked all the boxes: history and culture in Stone Town, relaxation in untouristy Jambiani Beach, and beautiful beaches and diving in Nungwi. It had a little bit of everything. Zanzibar was so much more than I...

Jambiani Beach: Where to Find the Real, Untouristy Zanzibar

Before visiting Zanzibar, I read countless rants on TripAdvisor about the aggressive beach sellers. "The touts ruined my vacation," users griped. "It was hard to relax when everyone was bothering me." And it's true – in popular towns like Kendwa or Nungwi, the beach...

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Books I love

10 Outstanding Travel Memoirs to Read on Vacation

Ever since I was a kid, I've had my nose in a book. I remember the summer I turned nine my school had a summer reading challenge and the goal was to read 10 books. I read 78. (Neeeerd.) And while I read lots of genres, nothing enthralls me like a good travel memoir....

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...