This week we’ve got the lovely Ashlyn on the blog!
Hi! I’m Ashlyn from The Lost Girl’s Guide to Finding the World. I’m an adventure travel blogger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and have been to more than 40 countries on 6 continents.
I’m an adrenaline junkie addicted to the outdoors and try my best to scuba dive and mountain climb all over the globe. When not wandering the world and blogging about it you can find me back in Canada reading, running and catching up with friends.
First of all, what are your website and social media links?
How did you come up with your website name?
My name came out of the fact that I felt a little lost after finishing two degrees in University. I’m a teacher by trade but realized it wasn’t the perfect fit for me shortly after convocating. Instead, I designed a five year travel plan in 2010 to spend as much time learning in the world as I did at university. It’s been all about discovering the world and who I am and I felt the Lost Girl’s Guide to Finding the World was a perfect fit that truly represents me.
What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?
Although I don’t teach in a typical classroom, I still view myself as a teacher when I blog. I want to share the best the world has to offer with people in an engaging and informative way. I want to teach them about things they have never heard of and places they have never been. Then I want them to go experience it for themselves!
Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?
We missed the border closing at just five minutes after midnight so decided to sleep in the car between Swaziland and South Africa. It’s not the safest decision but we had a funny run in with the cops, had to chase donkeys away and enjoyed taking photos in the thick fog that rolled in around the border crossing. It’s one of my favourite road trips I’ve ever taken.
5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?
This is a tough question! I’ve been fortunate to have wandered my way through more than 400 cities around the world. My favourite? I really like Kuala Lumpur. It’s a city that doesn’t try to pretend to be something it’s not. It’s real and raw with so much culture and diversity. As for my least favourite city – I didn’t enjoy Hue, Vietnam. It rained the entire time I was there and made it hard to get around and explore the city by foot.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?
I will eat anything and everything. I crunched away on hormigas culonas, or leafcutter ants in Colombia and even tried fermented shark and ram’s testicles in Iceland. There’s no limit to what I will and won’t try!
Who are your travel idols?
This is a bit old school, but Charles Darwin is my travel idol. Today it’s so easy to travel, but back in the 1800’s it was a very different experience by boat. I love that fact that he tied discovery and science in with exploring new and different destinations – now that’ s a sign of a true explorer!
What’s your best travel tip?
Carry your passport in a plastic bag. This way, if you get caught in a rainstorm, it will stay dry no matter what!
Which is your favorite post you’ve written?
I often say it’s less about the places you see and more about the people you see those places with. One of my favourite blogs is about the “People You Meet While Traveling”
What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?
Sometimes it feels like everything you want to write about is already out there – but write about it anyway! Not only will your writing get better, but you have your own voice and perspective on the topic as well. People will appreciate that!