Thanks for stopping by! So you want to know a little more about me and my blog? Here’s some info in the form of a Q&A.
Q. Who are you, anyway?
I’m Ashlea, an excitable Australian who loves photography and exploring the world. I’m also known for being super-organised, having a stationery addiction, and being a tad obsessed with maps.
My husband, Robert, happens to be as travel-obsessed as I am. We’re both 100% vegetarian and travel responsibly and sustainably wherever possible.
Rob and I hanging out in Reykjavik, June 2016
Q. How did this blog come about?
In July 2014, I was sitting at my desk contemplating our plans to move to USA. Wondering whether I’d use Facebook to share my travels with my friends and family, I realised that as an ex-travel agent and frequent traveller, I had so much more to offer than a few quickly forgotten photos.
It was at that moment that I decided to compile my knowledge and stories into a blog. My goal for A Globe Well Travelled was to encourage people to live an adventurous life by combining work and travel.
Over the years, AGWT has grown into an online resource for a number of travel-related topics. I’m very passionate about photography (which has been a hobby of mine for years) and making travel a career, so I tend to include tips on these subjects in many of my blog posts.
New York City, my new home base as of August 2015
Q. What’s your travel experience?
My family travelled around Australia often as I was growing up. I took my first international trip to Europe when I was 18, and from that moment on I was addicted.
On top of heading abroad with my family, I’ve also tried venturing solo and travelling with friends. I head abroad with Robert on most of my current trips, and I accept the occasional press trip where I travel solo or in a group with other bloggers.
I’ve tried many different forms of travel from backpacking to luxury cruising, but I consider myself a budget traveller. I’ll scour the internet to find good deals on flights, accommodation, and tours, making sure that I travel comfortably but never paying more than I need to.
I love discovering new cities as well as exploring naturally beautiful places. My favourite way to travel is to explore a city by foot, find excellent coffee shops, and use my camera to capture the essence of the destination. The countries I have visited so far are:
Australia / Austria / The Bahamas / Barbados / Belgium / Bolivia / Canada / China / Croatia / Czech Republic / Denmark / Fiji / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hong Kong / Hungary / Iceland / Indonesia / Ireland / Italy / Malaysia / Mexico / Monaco / Netherlands / New Zealand / Peru / Poland / Russia / Singapore / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / Thailand / Ukraine / United Kingdom / United States / Vatican City
Want your own travel map like the one above? I can make it for you!
Q. Where are you going next?
I generally decide on my next trips a few months in advance. Next up is the Adirondack Mountains (upstate New York) in June, then Colombia in September. Afterwards, we might do a road trip through southwest USA.
My ultimate travel goal is to visit every continent. I’ve crossed off 5 so far, with only Africa and Antarctica to go! Sign up for my email newsletter to keep updated on my travel plans.
Q. How do you make money?
I don’t make loads of money through this blog, but every now and then I take part in press trips to market new destinations, and I occasionally monetize my posts with sponsorships and affiliate links. You can find some more info about those here.
Aland, Finland, July 2016
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