Ashley Lipasek

Ashley knew early on that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for her. She discovered her calling after a trip to Costa Rica where she taught English to kids. Now, from Thailand to Mongolia, Peru to China, Spain to Malaysia and anywhere else she can get to, Ashley travels and teaches. You can follow her journeys at sunflowergypsy.com or on her Instagram account at shl3y_a

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My Thai Secrets: Sand In All The Right Places

Dare to get lost in Pattaya, Thailand, and you might find yourself surrounded by lady boys. Or, you might find yourself at a scandalous ping-pong show. Pick your poison. My adventure began on the Southeastern tip...

Culture Shock: Compassion has no bounds

Since beginning this trip, I’ve found myself comparing culture shock to a suppository. Sometimes it’s just a tough pill to swallow, and it won’t go down, so you have to find other means of adapting. From...

A Western Hippie Experiencing an Eastern Hippie Lifestyle

Don’t eat the wild mushrooms in Chaing Pai. Some will make you die. Some will make you fly.  My trip began on a 12 hour overnight train from Bangkok, Thailand to Chaing Mai, the largest city...

Journeys from Inner Mongolia

After 10 hours on an over cramped bus, my friend, Monique, and I arrived in Inner Mongolia and set up camp. Although Monique did not enjoy the idea of sleeping in a Mongolian yurt, I did...

The Attainable Bucket List Adventure: Peru

You will find yourself praying to Pachamama, the goddess of Earth, when you hike Peru. Especially if you visit during the rainy season when all you want are sunny, blue skies. When you’re drenched head...

How to rock a muffin top during Ramadan and not care

Most non-Muslims understand Ramadan as the holiday where individuals fast from dawn to sunset, exercising discipline and introspection. Although this sounds very serious and somewhat boring, it serves as a time of celebration and joy...

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24 Hours in Puerto Vallarta

Collecting moments is one of the few things I hold close to my heart. Moments, however, get confused with the arrival. For me, it's everything...

San Antonio: Where History and Culture Meet

San Antonio is a city with a radiant atmosphere where the remains of an interesting past merge with the energy of an even more...

Top 5 Weird British Pubs

The pub is a British institution. You could go to any corner pub, but we found the most unique pubs you can visit in...

Unique Utah, Incredible Outdoors

This experience is shared by Contributor Doni Smith.  Follow Doni's journeys at www.nurserover.com or @nurserover. Utah has a tagline that says, “Life Elevated”. This rings...

The Most Underrated Beach Towns in Panama

1. Aguadulce, Cocle Aguadulce is a quiet town in the interior of Panama. The people here primarily work in agriculture, sea salt production, and some...