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Hi there!

My name is Ashley and I am plagued by an all-consuming need to travel. After I flew to Australia with a one-way ticket in 2010, my wanderlust turned into an obsession, and I’ve taken every opportunity to travel since – whether it be a quick vacation to the Caribbean or a two month stint in Southeast Asia.

Like most 20-somethings, I struggle with direction, with the desire to find place and purpose. Instead of confining myself to a specific career or lifestyle, I’ve chosen to wander – to wander through life and to wander around the world – and I believe the answers I’m searching for will reveal themselves along the way.

Or maybe they won’t.

Regardless, the fulfillment and contentment I’ve acquired from travelling lead me to believe I’m headed down the right path.

I don’t feel as though I’m truly living unless I’m stimulated and learning, and I’ve discovered more about the world (and subsequently more about myself and others) from travelling than I have from any formal education. I’ve always been more inclined to choose adventure over familiarity, uncertainty over monotony, and travel over societal expectations. I want to continue to make ‘unconventional’ choices, live in the now, experience and explore, and constantly challenge not only myself, but also the status quo.

I started this blog to share my travel tips, stories, and other ramblings which I hope you will find mildly entertaining and/or useful. I’m also hoping to connect with like-minded individuals who dream of travel and, like me, have chosen a more atypical path – regardless of what others may think.

After living abroad in Edinburgh and travelling around Europe for two years, I’ve recently returned home to Canada. What’s next? I have absolutely no idea. But, I can guarantee wandering will play a pivotal role in my future.

32 Comments

  • Reply The Pumpkin's Head (Betty J. Ogburn) Jun 11 at 10:47 am

    …I’ve just found your blog–I can’t wait to read more about your epic wanderings!!…

    • Reply ashleymn11 Jun 11 at 11:49 am

      Glad to have you along for the ride! 🙂

  • Reply crystalclearchaos Aug 31 at 8:42 pm

    Love it! From one Canadian to another, hello! Can’t wait to read your articles!

  • Reply Riz Sep 12 at 9:03 am

    Stumble upon this amazing blog! Looking forward of reading more of your adventure posts.

  • Reply freakytravel Oct 03 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Ashley………..

    It was so nice reading your blog and I am really impressed by the places you dying to visit. If anytime you are in India just inform me will show you my country.

    • Reply ashleywanders Oct 14 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you for the kind offer! Hopefully I’ll be able to visit India in the near future!

  • Reply Turquoise Compass Dec 21 at 6:23 pm

    So happy to connect with you! It’s never too late to dream a new dream.
    Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    • Reply ashleywanders Dec 30 at 7:04 pm

      Very true! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jessica!

  • Reply Jessica Dec 26 at 3:52 pm

    Hey Ashley,

    Just came across your blog! Can’t wait to follow along on your journeys. I love your line “I’m also hoping to connect with like-minded individuals who dream of travel and, and like me, have chosen a more unconventional path- regardless of what others may think.”

    I’m on that same path and others may think it to be crazy, but I love it! Hopefully we can share travel stories 🙂
    All the best,
    Jessica

    • Reply ashleywanders Dec 27 at 10:17 am

      Hey Jessica! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog and I’m excited to read your travel stories!
      Thanks for taking the time to say hello 🙂

  • Reply alexbradbeer Jan 14 at 6:52 am

    Hey there Ashley, this is random but saw your post on wandering earls site.. I am currently driving through India on a motorcycle and will be back in Goa in Feb at some point. Im a travel blogger from Ottawa, if you would like to meet up let me know! India can take some getting used to!

    • Reply ashleywanders Jan 14 at 10:32 am

      Hey Alex! Yeah for sure, I’ll send you a message on your site now to see if our dates will overlap!

  • Reply Jessica Mar 17 at 2:28 pm

    Great blog! Love it… 🙂 I’m eager to read more about your destinations. And bravo to you on the one-way tick to Aus.

    • Reply ashleywanders Mar 17 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks so much Jessica! 🙂 The one-way ticket to Australia was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

  • Reply R May 13 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your adventures, love the destinations photos

    • Reply ashleywanders May 13 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you for reading! And I’m so glad you like the destinations photos 🙂

  • Reply belowaveragewriter May 17 at 7:10 pm

    This is remarkable! As a 22 year old guy, I feel the same way. I want to see the world. And not see it as a tourist, but really see it from the inside! I’m really looking forward to following this blog!

  • Reply Evie Feb 02 at 7:22 pm

    Great Blog! Just curious, what do you do for work? Do you find the cost of living fare to the salaries they have there? Thanks!

    • Reply ashleywanders Feb 02 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Evie! I’m working as a document transcriber/proofreader at the moment. The cost of living is quite expensive here, and I’d say entry-level position wages are on the low side. If you’re able to get a mid-level position, the wages are better suited in comparison to the cost of living – but it’s also very dependant on the sector of work!

  • Reply Mikaela Apr 04 at 11:39 pm

    You have so eloquently put into words exactly what I feel. – Except I haven’t taken that first step yet.

    • Reply ashleywanders Apr 05 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you, Mikaela! I know what it’s like – that first step can seem so daunting, but I promise it’ll be worth it 🙂

  • Reply Hana Apr 08 at 6:19 am

    I’ve just found your blog and really enjoy reading it 🙂 .I hope someday I can be like you.

    • Reply ashleywanders Apr 08 at 1:14 pm

      Hey Hana, thanks so much! Glad to have you reading 🙂

  • Reply Cate Jul 10 at 5:14 pm

    Hi, how can I subscribe?

    • Reply ashleywanders Jul 10 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Cate, you can subscribe via the subscribe button on my sidebar, or near the bottom if you’re on your phone 🙂

  • Reply ROBERT Jan 13 at 9:59 am

    Hullo ashleywanders
    Great job done, well organised blog i can not wait to see you join me in Uganda soon . Africa with out Uganda is incomplete!!!

  • Reply JOYCE LEE Jun 20 at 4:41 am

    Holy crap. I found your blog by complete chance. I, literally, typed in things to-do once I get to Edinburgh, and your blog was the first search result that popped up.

    Only after reading a couple of your posts, did I realize how similar we are. I mean, I’m not as adventurous; I’m not as well-traveled; I’m not as curious; I’m not as articulate or eloquent; but other than that, I think we can be twins.

    But all kidding aside, your most recent post (though in April) broke my heart. I’m essentially you two years ago, before you jetted off to Edinburgh with a one-way ticket. I’m, metaphorically-speaking, in your shoes. I, too, am Canadian (born and raised). And one day said, “f*ck it”. Bought a one-way ticket to Edinburgh. And I’m due to leave at the end of the month.

    Your post gave me hope, that perhaps, Edinburgh will accept me with open arms, and I’ll come to fall in love with the city, and everything that it encompasses. And I do feel for you. It can’t be easy to leave behind the life you’ve built for the past 2 years, being powerless do anything about it. I, too, dread that day. Like all Tier 5 youth visas, you only get 2 years.

    Though you haven’t updated in awhile, I do hope you’re well. And if you have any helpful tips that might increase my chances of surviving the wild jungle that is Edinburgh, it would be appreciated. Or, you know, if you need someone to lend you an ear, I always have an extra one laying around in my closet.

    Wishing you all the very best.

    Cheers,
    Joyce L.

    • Reply ashleywanders Jun 20 at 2:35 pm

      Hey Joyce,

      Thank you so much for your heartfelt and thoughtful comment – it literally made my day! And I’d argue that you are both articulate and eloquent on the basis of this comment alone.

      I’m so happy you’re also heading to Edinburgh on a one-way ticket – you’re going to love it! I’m not sure what type of work you’ll be looking for, but I found recruitment agencies to be very helpful, and there’s always hospitality, bar & restaurant jobs available as well. Apart from finding a job and a place to live, you really don’t need any survival tips for Edinburgh because it’s such an easy city to live in. Just try to prepare yourself for potentially having to leave after you’ve fallen head over heels in love with it – I can’t attest to the difficulty.

      Thanks again for your kind words, I truly appreciate it. I’m now back home in Canada, trying to readjust to life here – which has been strange, to say the least.

      Wishing you the best of luck in Edinburgh, and please let me know if you have any other questions or if you’d like advice on anything Edinburgh-related 🙂

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