InterView With Ashley From ” A Southern Gypsey”

Ashley a southern gypseyLet’s start off by telling a bit about yourself, where did you grow up, do you remember your main life Goals when you were young and has that changed?

I’m Ashley and the mastermind (ha!) behind A Southern Gypsy.  I was born and raised near Nashville, Tennessee.  For the past 10 years, I’ve obtained my bachelor’s degree in Psychology (don’t run, I promise I don’t over-analyze everything), living in South Carolina and Washington, and traveling as much as I could.  I was always that person who had a hard time “finding myself” and my purpose – went through a lot of random jobs and degree changes with nothing ever feeling right.  My dream was always to write though just never thought it possible.

What were the key factors that persuaded you to leave the comfort of your home?

Well, I haven’t left yet, but I am in October.  The main things that happened that really made me make a decision to start preparing to quit my job and travel full time included: an ACL tear that resulted in complete reconstruction, another bad breakup from a tumultuous relationship, and unhappiness in yet another job.  I need a change was needed.

What were your biggest fears before you left home? , and how do you feel about them now?

 My biggest fear is having to come back to a “normal” life.  I already know I can’t do the typical 9-5, stable routine.  I don’t know what I’d do if I had to come back and return to that.  But, that only fuels my motivation!

How long have you been traveling?

 My entire life, just not consecutively.

Where are you now?

 Nashville, Tennessee.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

 I will be doing lots of local things in Nashville and the surrounding areas until October.  In May, I head to Memphis for the weekend.  In July (or whenever they decide), I plan on going to TBEX wherever it happens to be.  At the end of October, I fly to LA and plan on spending a few days there and then I head to Bangkok at the beginning of November.  I will be in Southeast Asia well into 2015 – hitting all the Southeast Asian countries and Samoa (one of my best friends lives here).  Will most likely hit Australia since I’ll have to go through there to go to Samoa.

What countries do you consider you felt the safest? And did you feel safer than in your home country?

 I can honestly say I haven’t really felt unsafe before.

What countries do you feel the most on edge (in Danger) ?asoutherngypsey

 I did have a guy follow me for quite some time in Italy and I finally got rid of him by hopping on a bus – I mean he literally followed me up to the bus door.  However, that does not mean I felt unsafe at all in Italy – this kind of crap happens at home too.

Any memorable dealings with government officials, Police or Border Guards?

Nothing to mention.  I always get nervous going through immigration for absolutely no reason.  Kind of like seeing police lights behind you and being nervous even though you know you’re not speeding.

Do you do any work while you travel, such as digital nomad, consulting, or odd jobs?

 I haven’t in the past, but that’s a big plan for my future.  Still searching out options.

Do you see an end to this journey, or do you expect to continue to be on the move, exploring most of your life?

 No, I plan on traveling in some form or another for as long as possible.  I may have to teach English for a year or work in one place for several months, but I plan is to be location independent.

Do you have any tips for others who are trying to get a successful blog up and going?

I’m probably too new to be giving tips and advice, but I will tell you as a new blogger than is nothing more beneficial than networking groups.  Get involved and stay involved as much as you possibly can.

2 Responses to InterView With Ashley From ” A Southern Gypsey”

  1. Thanks for the interview opportunity! 🙂

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