“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

6 Cookbooks that Travelers will Absolutely Love

I like to cook and host dinner parties more than basically anything. And I love to cook food from all over the world - from countries I've lived in (France, Argentina), countries I've visited (Japan), and countries I'm dying to visit (Iran, Korea). So I wanted to put...

Life in Africa: Month 1

Hey guys! So I've decided to resume my monthly recaps! My recaps will cover the highs and lows of living in Africa, as well as where I'm traveling and what I'm reading. I've now been living in Kampala, Uganda, for a full month! And what a ride it's been. Depending on...

Visiting the Lake District: England's Most Beautiful National Park

Over the years, I've traveled a lot of England. But out of everywhere I've been in England, no place is as beautiful as the Lake District. But what is the Lake District, you may be wondering? The Lake District, or the Lakes, is a mountainous national park in Northwest...

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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...