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.
I’ve recently booked another one-way flight, this time to Edinburgh – a city I’ve been infatuated with since I first visited in 2012. I’m going to attempt to assimilate into expat life, thoroughly explore the city, and wander around the European continent.
And then? Who knows. The only constant in my life is wandering, and I plan to do a whole lot more of it.
Where I’ve Wandered:
Number of countries: 41
Number of Continents: 5
North America: Canada / Mexico / United States
Central America: Belize / Costa Rica
Europe: Bosnia / Croatia / England / France / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Ireland / Italy / Kosovo / Macedonia / Montenegro / Netherlands / Poland / Scotland / Slovakia / Spain / Turkey / Wales / Vatican City
Africa: South Africa