Twipper of the Week: Ashley from Hither and Thither

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Current city: Davis, California

Age: 36

Total countries visited: Haven’t been counting. Maybe around 15?

What makes you interesting: Hopefully lots of things, but probably the fact that I’m interested. I can find something to appreciate, something to learn, something of interest in everything. I sometimes attribute to practice: I spent a lot of years in school, on a path toward academia, before changing courses to publishing.  Even though I do something very different, I still use that training as a researcher in all aspects of life. Today, I write a lifestyle blog called Hither & Thither and I really enjoy that this allows me to learn about, and write about, so many things.

What brands do you love: My mind goes right to fashion: Steven AlanMollusk Surf, Tea Collection for children… but I probably rely most on Apple.

What’s your Travanality: Culturist with a touch of Epicurean.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I hope and like to think that travel has helped me to be more interested—again, with practice. I like to think it makes me more open and tolerant. When you travel you see how many people live differently and yet just as well, just as happily (if not sometimes better, sometimes more). I also think travel can help one to know his or herself: to appreciate what’s most essential to them whether that would be the company of loved ones or a good book, and what’s unnecessary like a hair dryer that never gets unpacked or the tether to one’s inbox that works just fine when cut. Travel is such a gift.

Describe your unique or funniest travel experience: I always think of this time a confused old man wandered into the wrong room and tried to fall asleep on top of the bed that my husband (then-boyfriend) and I were in, in St. Malo. A more re-creatable experience might be renting a boat in Sardinia and pulling up into the most azure blue coves one can imagine.

Best thing you have bought during your travels: I have a little pair of gold “button” earrings from Dubrovnik, Croatia that I’ve worn virtually every day for the eight years since our trip. That’s probably the most use any single thing has ever gotten. The best thing is almost certainly a food or experience: first massage in Thailand on our honeymoon, so-fresh-it-was-still-warm ricotta in Italymarket tour in Mexico City, and the frothy stein at a beer garden in Germany.

What is the best part about having a travel partner: I’m not even sure where to begin. I can’t imagine taking any sort of major trip without my partner and husband, Aron. This may sound silly, but I almost feel like I have to do it again if he’s not there, just so we can really share it.

What is your favorite mode of transportation when you travel: By foot. I used to live in New York and I really miss all the walking. For me, it’s the best way to see and learn a place.

Next travel destination: We’re going on a weeklong road trip up the coast of California in May and a two-week visit to Scandinavia in June.