I am Ashley, someone who has a fierce love of travel, seriously it’s an addiction. I started traveling over 15 years ago when I first went to Hawaii. I decided to start my blog because I realized from very early on that I was repeatedly giving out resources, tips, and tricks. I knew how much time it would take to create my blog, which caused me to put off creating it for many years. I have a photography business that already took up a lot of my time but a few years ago I finally jumped in and started sharing.
With my job, family, and dogs, I stay pretty busy but ALWAYS make time for travel. I’ve enjoyed visiting over 50 countries with my husband and friends. I can’t wait to get back out there.
Why do you travel and look for adventures?
It’s an addiction for me. I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people and learning cultural differences, trying new foods, etc.
What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?
I enjoy a little bit of everything and what I’m looking to experience may differ based on my mood or where I am in the world. I enjoy anything from jumping off cliffs and hiking to taking cooking classes and relaxing at a spa.
What’s your go-to travel hack?
Yes! I set up Google alerts for flights in advance and always fly for less than 50% of what others are spending.
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
Camera, for sure
What destination are you eager to go back to?
New Zealand and Italy!
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
I’m always very aware and observant of my surroundings. Even if you’re out meeting new people, it’s very important to be careful of others intentions.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
Meet the locals! When you’re out somewhere, get to know people, ask questions and they’ll tell you where they enjoy going if they understand you may not be interested in the typical tourist destinations.
What’s your favourite word in another language?
It’s pretty basic but we’ve learned to say Please and Thank you in many different languages. It goes a very long way to be polite.
When and where are you next travelling?
We will be spending a month in Oregon and Washington state in a van. We plan to do tons of hikes!
Since Day 1 Travel with Jane has been about levelling the playing field for women in Australia. In 2020, we’re taking the fight global. Stay tuned to learn how you can support the women who tackle the gender divide here and abroad.