Who am I? Well I have to say this sure does feel like that awful school assignment where everyone gathers around the room and shares a little bit about themselves. Anyways, my name is Ashley and I was born and raised in the small town of Waterford, WI. Basically I partied my way through high school and graduated by the skin of my teeth.
After high school, my five year plan (laughingly) consisted of marriage, kids, a career, and a nice house. Truth be told, that was only my five year plan because it was everyone’s five year plan at that age. Shockingly, I went on to obtain two college degrees all while spending a decent amount of time hanging out at the local townie bars. So it was a great surprise for all when I finally started adulting and ended up landing a corporate career in health care.
So here I am now… single, no kids, and living the dream with my amazing dog, Porter. What does the dream consist of? Well mainly a lot of work, saving money, A LOT of Roseanne reruns courtesy of my Firestick, the occasional drink(s) down at The Corner Bar in the hood, and exploring the world one country at a time.
(PS) You can find Porter on Instagram @ThePrincePorter. But seriously follow him – he’s way cooler than that golden retriever from Cali you started following last week).
So why am I doing this? Basically my travels as a youngster consisted of trips up north and . . . Florida. And really, that doesn’t even count as traveling. So after college I finally broke free of the townie bar scene and started a real 5 year plan.
That plan included as much travel as possible. So I set some goals and started working overtime plus bartending concerts. Which, sucked however, it was awesome how much money was starting to pile up. So I planned a trip to Bermuda and it changed my life. I KNOW SO BASIC, but it did. Literally I was sitting on the Tarmac ready to leave with uncontrollable tears.
After I got back from my trip, I of course drowned my friends in my pictures and stories. The common response was that ‘YOU’RE SO LUCKY’. But honestly, that comment was not only annoying but it struck me by surprise. Do people really think that they have to be a millionaire to travel?
News flash, you don’t! Staying at an all-inclusive resort is great if you’ve been summoned to a wedding. However, you don’t need a 5-star resort to have a magical time exploring the globe. If you’re looking for the best all-inclusive resorts, sorry, this is not the place. However, if you’re into seeing all the touristy spots, learning about the history, and then hitting the local scene, by all means, Welcome!!
What’s my traveling style? Honestly,I’ve always had this feeling deep down that I’m not meant to be where I am. When it comes to travel, I want to actually explore, see things with new eyes. I want to be able to look at a map and be able to remember how I was completely transformed by the country, culture, and the people I met.
I don’t mean fancy resorts and tour guides, I mean exploring another country and becoming a part of it. Experiencing the country like the locals do. I don’t want to be that lonely, lost looking tourist filling my hand luggage with key chains and other souvenirs. I want to hike Machu Picchu in Peru, swim with sharks in Honduras, and so much more.
When its time to go on a trip, I spend a shit ton of time planning. Seriously, I’m not kidding. I color code my excel documents and everything. I set a basic itinerary, but I never end up following it exactly. But honestly, the best trips are the one’s that don’t go as planned! Once I’ve hit all the tourist spots for the day, it’s time to find a local pub! Not sure if you’ve gathered this by now but I like to drink. Vodka press, yes please!
No, I’m not out looking for the best restaurant in town. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some food; however, I’d much rather go to a pub where the locals are knocking a few back. Why? Locals are always the way to when it comes to getting the inside scoop about those hidden gems you’re not reading about on Expedia or Trip Advisor?
Thank you for making your way all the way down here! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email me!