This week’s guest post comes from My Wanderlusty Life. She explains ‘One day I declared, “I think I’ll start a blog?” OK, not much of a declaration because it did indeed end with a question mark. I knew I wanted to write, but what about? “I know! I can write about all of the places I travel to! What a fantastic idea; I bet that’s never been done before!” I am so brilliant. MWL is based around the absolute dire need to travel the world but limited to a time budget. Say what? I mean, I have a full-time job and only get two weeks of vacation time EACH YEAR. Pathetic, I know. But I like my paycheck and my health insurance. I don’t want to “sell everything I own and set off on a journey around the world.” That’s not me. I want to travel the world, yes. But I enjoy coming home’.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
I’m Ashley Smith and I’m originally from Memphis, Tennessee though I am now based out of Boston, Massachusetts.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m a part-time traveller. I own a car, I have cats, and I own a house just full of stuff. I love travelling but I love coming home just as much. Up until recently I’ve had a full-time job with very limited vacation time so I focus on helping travellers explore the world on a time budget. It can be done, people!
3. How do you fund your travelling?
By working my ass off.I’ve consistently worked 2, even 3 jobs at a time for the last 16 years. When you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes. Even waitressing. Even working in a factory making cheerleading uniforms. Even selling raffle tickets while wearing a sandwich board.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
I’d say my favorite place of all time is Switzerland. I’m in love with the Swiss Alps, the cheese and the chocolate, the adventure activities, the cowbells. My husband also proposed there so it holds a little bit of extra special magic for me.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Ehhh, I’d probably say Milan. I was only there for a day but there wasn’t anything I liked about it. The street hawkers and scam artists were at an all-time high when I was there. We were aggressively harassed and grabbed and I even punched a guy. I’ll be happy if no one ever asks me to buy a selfie stick ever again.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Not an official bucket list, but an ongoing stash of places I keep hidden in the back of my mind. My top three places are Morocco, Greece, and Jordan. I like it hot and sandy.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
I always travel with a book. My mind can’t stand to be without stimulation for more than five minutes. I also never travel without a camera. Photography has always been huge on my travels and now that I’m a blogger, even more so since I’m not the only one looking at them anymore. And lastly, I always travel with a small pillow. You don’t want to be around me should I forget my travel pillow.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Interacting with blog readers! When someone leaves a comment on my blog about something I’ve written, my DAY. IS. MADE.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for almost two years at this point. I started because I’ve always been a writer by hobby and one day I spontaneously thought writing about my travels might interest some people. Turns out I was right!
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
I’d say my blog is unique because it is hilarious. Is it OK to call yourself hilarious? I mean, I laugh at my own jokes so that’s gotta count for something. I write about travel with a lot of my personality and personal experiences thrown in. I don’t think you can read one of my posts without feeling like you’ve known me for years. And you definitely can’t read one without laughing. Here’s a good example!
From ESLT – thank you Ashley for taking the time to answer our questions. Firstly, what an amazing picture – beer and pretzel, it looks like you are having the best time! I can confirm from reading your blog that you are hilarious, your posts read like you are talking directly to me – I love that. 10 holiday days a year does suck but it seems like you certainly make the most of them. Switzerland looks beautiful, I’ve not been….yet, what a great place to be proposed to 🙂 thanks again Ashley and Safe Travels!