15 Essential Tips for Your First Trip to Japan

Planning a trip to Japan can be a doozy; it’s an organized, rule-following country that requires a lot of planning. Booking things in advance goes a long way in Japan — it’s one place I don’t recommend winging it. Japan also has lots of cultural quirks that you should be aware of. For example, did […]

Travel and Blogging Recap: November 2019

Hey guys! I’ve decided to bring back my monthly recaps. Blogging these days feels so… strategic, so I wanted to have a place where I could casually share my travel plans, book recommendations, and life updates. I’m also going to start sharing traffic and income reports. Thanks for reading! Hey everyone! I hope you had a […]

What Living as an Expat in Fiji is Really Like

Welcome back to Living Abroad, a series that shows you what it’s like to live as an expat in cities around the world. Today, we’re chatting with Chantae, an American travel writer and expat living in Fiji. Here, Chantae speaks honestly about the pros and cons of living in Suva, Fiji’s capital — from the insane […]

30+ Amazing Places to Visit in Munich: A Local’s Guide

Today we have a guest post from Jamie about the best places to visit in Munich. Jamie is a native New Yorker who has lived in Munich for NINE years. Today, she’s sharing her favorite attractions, restaurants, and events, as well as the hidden gems in Munich that most tourists don’t know about. Enjoy! There’s […]

9 Bizarre and Delicious Foods to Try in Japan (And One to Avoid)

On my trip to Japan this May, I had some of the best meals of my life. And I don’t say that lightly. But as anyone who’s been to Japan knows, the food is incredible: it’s well-balanced, expertly prepared, and steeped in thousands of years of Japanese culture. By any measure, Japanese food is some […]

Is Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, Worth Visiting?

This post is a little “off-brand”, if you will. After all, I usually write about international travel — this blog is called Ashley Abroad for a reason. But last spring, I became so enchanted with a place — Red Rock Canyon, Nevada — that I felt compelled to write about it here. And explain all […]

The 25 Best Souvenirs to Bring Back from Paris (And Where to Find Them)

Confession — I’m one of those uncool travel bloggers who loves souvenirs. And I especially love souvenirs from Paris, where you can easily find antiques, skincare, French food products, and macarons every color of the rainbow. The truth is, it’s not easy to find authentic souvenirs in Paris. If you’re not careful, you may end […]

What Living as an Expat in Prague is Really Like

Welcome back to Living Abroad, a series that shows you what expat life is like in cities around the world. Today we’re speaking to Riana, a Canadian freelancer living in Prague. She and her partner, Colin, are spending a year in Prague on Youth Mobility visas. Here, Riana shares what it’s really like to live as […]

Travel and Blogging Recap: October 2019

Hey guys! I’ve decided to bring back my monthly recaps. Blogging these days feels so… strategic, so I wanted to have a place where I could casually share my travel plans, book recommendations, and life updates. I’m also going to start sharing traffic and income reports. Thanks for reading! Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing […]

The 19 Best Things About Traveling in Canada

Last summer, I discovered that traveling in Canada is a dream. The scenery is gorgeous, the locals are over-the-top friendly, and many parts of the country are practically deserted. What’s not to love? Here’s the backstory of how I fell in love with Canada: last July, my friend Jessica and I drove from Calgary, Canada, […]

What Living as an Expat in Japan is Really Like

Welcome back to Living Abroad, a series that shows you what it’s like to live as an expat in cities around the world. Today, we’re chatting with Rika, a Canadian English teacher who just spent three years living in Japan. Here, Rika discusses the pros and cons of living in Japan, from the delicious food to […]

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Hadrian’s Wall

So you’re thinking of hiking Hadrian’s Wall? That’s awesome. Hadrian’s Wall is not only an important part of Anglo-Roman history, but it’s also a wonderful walk that crosses some of England’s most beautiful countryside. And yes, it did inspire The Wall in Game of Thrones. Hadrian’s Wall Path is a dream for history buffs. Only […]

How to Make Friends When You Move to a New City

In this post, I’m going to share my best tips for making friends in a new city. In the past ten years, I’ve moved seven times. Somehow, I’ve somehow managed to make friends wherever I’ve lived. Not only that, but it’s gotten easier each time. The truth is, I’m not the most outgoing or charming […]