Interview – Ashley Hubbard (Wild Hearted)

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Today we would like to welcome a fellow ‘Southerner’ all the way from Franklin, Tennessee! Ashley Hubbard from Wild Hearted (formerly A Southern Gypsy) has graciously given her time to speak with us and help us learn a little more about her travel inspirations and her website as she prepares to embark on a global journey to South-East Asia at the end of the year!

Please feel free to comment, ask questions and connect with Ashley using her various social media fronts listed below.

We would like to give a special THANK YOU to Ashley for taking time to interview with us!


Name: Ashley Hubbard

Website: Wild Hearted

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What is your favorite aspect of traveling and if you are a travel blogger, why did you decide to create your website? 

Anyone that knows me, knows I don’t pick favorites well. I love everything about traveling. I love flying, riding on trains, observing locals, trying new local foods, and meeting new people. I stress about a lot at home (yes, I admit, I’m a stresser), but on the road, I feel “at home.” Something can go wrong and I just brush it off and keep going.

I created my website several months ago when I decided that I needed to change my life and started doing the things I love and stop trying to please everyone else. At the end of the day, I’m the one who lives with my decisions. Once I decided, I would be leaving next year to travel full-time, I also decided to go ahead and start my website to document the prepping side of traveling and to get involved in the travel blog community in advance.

How many continents have you visited? 


How many countries have you visited? 


What is your favorite destination in the world and why? 

I know it’s going ot sound cliche, and for that I’m sorry but…London. I was in love with London before I went there. It was my first international destination. I just simply love it. I could ride the damn tube for hours and be happy (Mind the gap!)

If money/time was no object and you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why? 

Since we’re talking about money not being an issue, then Switzerland. It’s not at the very top of my list, but it’s so pricey that it will probably be a while before I get there. It is, however, my mom’s top destination and I want to take her soon. So, if money was no issue, I’d take the both of us to Switzerland.

Which of the following gadgets do you take on your travels? 

Laptop, Phone, Camera and Tablet(iPad,Kindle etc.)

What is your preferred method of transport? 

Train and walking within the city. Train if a long trip. I love trains.

Complete the following, “Everywhere I go, I visit….” 

Food establishments you can’t find anywhere else, the best views of the city, street markets, and anything anyone suggests!

Here is your chance to sell yourself and your website! Tell us some more information about yourself, what your travel philosophies & future plans are and anything else that people may find interesting to read about… 

I’m currently in month three of prepping for long term travel. Next fall, I will be quitting my job and heading off to SE Asia for as long as I choose then who knows where. I will be island-hopping, volunteering with elephants, trying some bizarre foods, attempting to scuba dive, searching komodo dragons, taking a Thai cooking class, and whatever else I find to do. I firmly believe in slow travel (although, that hasn’t always been my option in the past) and I believe in finding quirky, off the beaten path things to do and immersing myself in the local culture as much as possible. You can find me trying just about any adventurous thing possible.

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Chris Boothman
Chris Boothman is the co-founder of A Brit and A Southerner. Born near Manchester, England, Chris moved to USA in 2006 where he soon after met his wife and travel partner in crime, Heather. They have since embarked on an amazing journey of travel as they challenge others to follow in their paths of working full-time but also being able to travel frequently! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Chris at [email protected]


    • You are very welcome Ashley! We appreciate you taking the time out of your hectic schedule to talk with us. Looking forward to following you as you embark on your travels in SE Asia later in the year.

      Good luck!!

  1. Great interview Ashley. Wish you all the best for starting your long-term trip! And you should definitely go tk Switzerland one day if you can. I spent four days there last year, 2 days hiking in the alps, it was amazing

    • Agree with your comments Stef, hopefully we will get to Switzerland sometime soon also because it’s an absolutely beautiful country! There doesn’t seem to be many more scenic spots around the world than the heart of the Swiss Alps.

      Very envious of anyone who gets to experience that location!

  2. Awesome interview Ashley! I would LOVE to go to Switzerland with you…soon. I’m actually reading Shania Twains autobiography right now. She lives there and it’s just getting my dream to go there all stirred up again. That would be the most incredible trip! <3


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