“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

How to Travel When You Work a Full-time Job

I'll be the first to admit that 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, capitalism....

The Life-changing Magic of Korean Skincare

Over the past few years, I've fallen in love with Korean skincare. It's inexpensive, customizable, and gentle. Most importantly, it's improved my skin ten-fold. The only problem is I've never been able to find a Korean skincare routine that works for me. Most of the...

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...

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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...

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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...