Travel Lush: (noun) any person addicted to exploring the world.
BEHIND THE BLOGGER
Hellllllo! I’m Ashley Renne and welcome to my travel blog! I’m a professional photographer, videographer, video editor, on-camera host, and writer who also has this really severe addiction to traveling the globe. And it’s not getting cured ANYTIME soon.
While studying abroad in Egypt over 10 years ago, I fell in love with the thrilling feeling of being in another country and experiencing a culture completely different from my own. I walked away from that trip with this craving to explore more places to see how each destination expanded my perception of the world. After graduating, I continued to travel, while also gaining video production experience, landing producer and editor positions with major brands like The Weather Channel, The Home Depot, and WebMD. Eventually, it dawned on me that I could use these content production skills to share different perspectives of the world as seen through my own lens.
Although I have a million things I love to write and make videos about, I am very passionate about going off the beaten path and experiencing the local culture of my destinations. That’s ultimately what this blog has evolved into. I’ll share with you my personal experiences as well as tips from other seasoned globe trotters to help you diversify your itinerary and take your travels a step further than the typical sights.
BEHIND THE BLOG
Travel Lushes is a blog for savvy travel addicts who know there is more to a destination than its sights. Use our tips and guides as resources to help you go beyond the beaten path and truly immerse yourself in the local culture of the places you visit. Find those secret spots that aren’t in your guidebook.
This blog explores unique, fun, and interactive ways to travel outside the box and have a well-rounded trip. My motto: travel globally, experience locally. Why not try a locally-owned boutique hotel? Party it up at a local bar! Attend a huge festival or thrilling sporting event. Strike up a conversation with a local and find out what THEY do for fun and where the hidden gems are.
The bottom line? Touristy spots are nice, but they don’t have to be the only focus of your trip! Do as the locals do to take your experience to the next level.
WHY I DO THIS
It’s very easy to get caught up in sightseeing–but I think there’s something exhilarating about setting aside time to dig a little deeper into the places we visit.
Each new city we travel to has its own unique culture that shouldn’t be left unexplored. When I studied abroad in Egypt, what really made my trip memorable was the diversity of my itinerary–in addition to sightseeing, I found other ways to further enhance my experience. My eye-opening interactions with Egyptian people, food, and traditions provided me with new insights to share with my friends and family. I quickly learned that my stories and perspectives were often the most valuable kind of souvenirs I could bring back home with me.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to do more than just visit a beautiful place–it allows us to discover what makes it unique and interact with the people who call it home. It has the power to open your eyes, shatter stereotypes, and give you first-hand glimpses into societies that are portrayed oppositely by the media. So why do I do this–and why do I think you’ll love reading about it? Because nothing beats the feeling of truly experiencing a destination versus simply passing through it.