Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy Interviewed :)

I have had the pleasure to work with Ashley on many occasions in the past year; just from email correspondence you can tell she is a very lively and bubbly lady as well as passionate about travel. Earlier this year Ashley did an interview of me and this blog (Life, Love and Adventure). After the interview I wrote a guest post to feature on her blog of my favorite place in the world… Costa Rica! :) I figured it was about time I introduced my readers to this lovely lady, she’s gearing up to experience the long term travel lifestyle in the next few months.

Make sure to keep in touch with her adventures in Southeast Asia and beyond through her blog, A Southern Gypsy!

Ashley in Venice

Ashley in Venice

Tell us a little bit about yourself… I’m Ashley- the creator and mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy - an outdoor adventure travel blog.  I’m a 20-something female who about eight months ago decided to trade my Nashville life in for a life of adventure and travel.  Slight problem – I needed to save up money for that so from then and for the next 6 months I’m doing just that before I head out to Southeast Asia in November.

Where in the world have you been? I’ve been all over the United States, Canada, South Korea, and a majority of western Europe.

Ashley & her mother in Florence, Italy

Ashley & her mother in Florence, Italy

What inspired you to start traveling? I’ve been traveling for as long as I can remember – luckily my family always valued that.  However, I’ve never traveled the way I will be – long term and slowly.  What inspired me to do that was several things from feeling smothered in my monotonous life, to failed relationships, to tearing my ACL last year.  I knew a change was needed or I was going to spiral into depression and finally plucked up the courage to combine my love of travel and writing.

Out of all the places you have traveled is there one specific place you could say was your favorite? I have a hard time picking favorites (of anything).  I always go back to London though, as cliché as that might sound.  I’ve always had a slight obsession with England and specifically London and after being there twice, I can say I love it and can’t wait to go back again.

You have traveled across seas many times, where was your first long distance travel adventure? My first long distance trip was to Europe – my family and I went to England for several days visiting London and Devon where we have family before going on a three week cruise to England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, and Norway.  Even though it was a cruise and ultimately a tease, it opened my eyes to a whole new world.

Ashley's Gorgeous Photography - ©A Southern Gypsy

Ashley’s Gorgeous Photography – ©A Southern Gypsy

Have you ever experienced culture shock while traveling? Yes, two words – South Korea.  My first and only trip to Asia (until later this year!) was here and about 4 years ago.  It was such a completely different place especially to a Westerner.  I actually really enjoyed my time there.  I just regret not getting out and seeing more while I was there.

You have been preparing for long term travel in Southeast Asia for several months now. Can you tell us about what made you decide to leave it all behind for long term travel? I touched on it a little bit before, but just too many disappointing and monotonous things going in my life that made me wake up and realize I didn’t have to continue living my life the way I was.  I was miserable day in and day out – that’s exhausting and no one should have to experience that.  Luckily, I was in a position to change that.  All I needed to do was a little (okay, a lot) of hard work, save up money and work out all the plans.

©A Southern Gypsy

©A Southern Gypsy

As for why I chose Southeast Asia as my first destination? I felt like it was an easy destination to plan for a solo female traveler and extremely easy on a long term budget.  Those two things combined with the fact that going somewhere completely different than what I’m used to was even more appealing.

Would you say that traveling has changed you as a person? If it doesn’t change you as a person, what’s the point?  Besides traveling for the relaxation aspect, the point of it is to experience new cultures, foods, and people.  When it stops changing you, you should probably change the way you do it.

You are a co-host for the Sunday Traveler?  What’s that all about? The Sunday Traveler is a weekly travel link-up that myself and four others have put together that has steadily built up over the months.  Every Sunday at 12AM GMT we open up the link up for 30 hours so that other travel bloggers can add their own stories.  It’s a fantastic way to network and promote work.  There are a few small rules, but nothing major and it’s a lot of fun!  Come join in!

Pompeii

Pompeii

Thank you Ashley. :) If you would like to know more or would like to follow Ashley (and you should!! :)) you can do so through her Blog, Facebook and Twitter. :)

 

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Maya Civilization | Uxmal, Mexico

Uxmal (Oosh-mahl) is a Maya Civilization located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Uxmal’s art and architecture represent a pinnacle of the late Maya; as well as being one of the best maintained and restored archaeology sites in the Yucatan. At its time Uxmal was home to around 25,000 Maya and flourished around 600-1000 A.D.

Pyramid of the Magician

Maya Civilization | Uxmal Pyramid of the Magician Pyramid of the Dwarf

The Adivino | Pyramid of the Magician

The Pyramid of the Magician, also known as the Pyramid of the Dwarf, standing at 115 feet tall plays a part in the most popular Yucatan Maya folklore. This ancient tale says,  Continue reading

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Maya Civilization | Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is a Maya Civilization located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. At its time it was one of the largest Maya cities; nowadays it is one of the most visited Maya sites in all of Mexico. On the date 07/07/07 (July 7th 2007) Chichen Itza was elected one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. As well, Chichen Itza is a World Heritage Site.

El Castillo

Temple of Kukulkan also known as, El Castillo | The Castle

The name Chichen Itza in the Mayan language means  Continue reading

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Maya Civilizations of Central America

This month I am starting up a topic featuring many different Maya civilizations throughout Central America. Ever since I visited my first Maya city I have been hooked. I am on a quest to see them all and learn their history.

Mayan Ruins of Central America

Jaguar Temple, Tikal

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Travel Writing

As my Travel Writing course comes to an end I am rather sad yet thrilled about all the new and exciting knowledge I have to bring forward in my blog writing! The course has been a great learning experience; I feel honored to have gotten my travel stories read and critiqued by the delightful, Vivien Lougheed!

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Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse – 15/04/14

In all my years of living I have never seen an eclipse, last night I got the chance to change that! Unfortunately it always seems when there is some astrological activity going on in the skies in my city tends to be cloudy.

Last night I pulled out my handy dandy Iphone to check on the weather, instantly disappointed by how it said the skies were cloudy… but, I did not give up! I put on my shoes and stepped outside to take a look for myself.

This is the beautiful sight I was fortunate enough to see…

Lunar Eclipse - April 15th 2014

Lunar Eclipse – April 15th 2014

If you missed your chance at viewing the ‘Blood Moon’ you don’t have to feel too bad because there is another lunar eclipse coming up… Continue reading

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Life, Love and Adventure interviewed by Couples Travel Adventures!

I was thrilled when I was contacted by Couples Travel Adventures to be featured in an interview. Their blog is bright, cheery and beautiful!

Be sure to go see for yourself and while you are there check out our interview! :)

CouplesTravelAdventures

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Storytelling …

As the tears fell from my face, I knew I had come to the right place.

Sitting there on the porch in a chair, that was far too small for the both of us, we watched. Listening to the jungle sounds around us, captivating us, we watched.

As the little lights began to flicker around us we just sat still taking it all in. The one and only time I have sat in complete darkness and have not been terrified. I felt safe.

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Hello? Is anybody out there?

Oh, good! Hello there. :)

It has been a little while, but don’t worry. I am still around!

Some exciting news I have to share is that in a couple days I will be heading back to school to improve on my travel writing. I am extremely excited to learn more about travel writing so I can bring you, my readers, the best content I possibly can! :)

Here is Life, Love and Adventure’s latest interview, it was posted just the other day on Roamin Around!

Phil is currently traveling around Asia. Stay in touch with him on his blog to follow along his adventures!

RoaminAround

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Photo of the Day: Ancient Forest, BC, Canada.

Have you ever traveled or wanted to travel to British Columbia, Canada? I highly recommend it! I was born here an am thankful for that. I feel extremely fortunate to have all this beauty around me, here’s to seeing more of Canada’s beauty in the future! :)

The Big Tree

The Big Tree

If you are planning to visit British Columbia sometime in the future don’t hesitate to ask me any questions and I will try to help you to the best of my ability! You can contact me here. :)

You can also click Canada or British Columbia under my ‘Travel Destinations’ tab at the top! :)

- Dawn Kealing. <3

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