Hi! My name is Samantha Ashley, and I am the person behind The Inspired Explorer. As you may be able to tell, travel is a true passion of mine, and this site aims to share that enthusiasm with you and encourage your own adventures.
My wanderlust started simply and early: I spent an inordinate amount of time as a small child spinning the globe, stabbing random places with my finger (and sometimes getting it squashed in between the metal and the earth), and gleefully looking up the countries I landed on in any available resource. I’d fall asleep reading the almanac, hands holding pages open to the flags of nations or the quick country fact file. I travelled solo domestically for the first time at eight, internationally at thirteen. Always, it was the thrill of discovery and learning that propelled me to explore new places and embark on deeper investigations of familiar places.
These days, I have a full-time job outside the travel industry, but it provides a decent amount of time for vacation that I can maximize. Right now, it’s enough time to make meaningful forays into the world, but short enough time that I still need to employ strategic planning and creative thinking to maximize my days on the ground and booking of time. I do hope to embrace travel as a career, and hopefully my combined efforts of trip planning and research, photography, and on road reporting can turn this site from an all-consuming passion project into a true vocation.
As I grow into blogging, I aim to become more of a destination for ideas, as well as a resource and sounding board for your plans. I’m very excited for you to embark on this journey with me!
I’ve got links across the site, but please feel free to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. You can also read my reviews on TripAdvisor. And if you have any questions or comments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.