Thanks for stopping by, my friend! 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, a colourfully clothed and excitable vegetarian who loves photography and exploring the world. I’m also known for being a super-organised freak, having a stationery addiction, and being a tad obsessed with maps.
I grew up in Hobart, and also spent some time living in the Australian cities of Newcastle and Sydney before moving to New York City with my husband, Robert (who happens to be just as travel-crazy as I am).
Robert and I hanging out in LA, March 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, 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 here at AGWT is to build a community of people who would like to live an adventurous life through work and travel.
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. I’ve since travelled internationally at least 1-2 times per year.
On top of heading abroad with my family, I’ve also ventured solo and travelled with friends. These days, most of my trips are with Robert.
I’ve tried many different forms of travel from backpacking to luxury cruising. My favourite way to travel is to explore a city by foot, wandering through streets and finding cafes to sit with a coffee and watch the locals go about their daily business.
Q. How do you travel so much?
I can attribute my travels to a combination of three things: living a minimalist lifestyle, working online for location independence, and having a mindset where I’m confident in myself and the decisions I make. See my post on how I get to travel more than anyone I know for more details.
The countries I have visited so far are:
Australia / Austria / Barbados / Belgium / Bolivia / Canada / China / Croatia / Czech Republic / Denmark / Fiji / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Iceland / Indonesia / 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?
Throughout 2016, Robert and I will be using New York City as a base for travel around North America. We have a long list of places to visit, which we’ll tick off slowly by taking short trips throughout the year.
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 a load of money through this blog, but a few ways that I’ve monetizing it are sponsored posts and affiliate links. You can find some more info about those here.
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