The latest in my World Travellers series is a special lady with a thirst-quenching passion for travel. I’d estimate that she is the most travelled lady ever to feature on this series, and possibly second only to Gunnar Garfors on all time travellers to feature. Ashleybaby is author of two books, you can read about them here:
- Ashleybaby – The 550,000 Miles
- Ashleybaby – One Million Miles: Journey of a solo female traveler 138 countries and counting…
It is my pleasure to welcome Ashleybaby to the series. Though I have never met Ashleybaby, I have been in contact with travel advice and passion sharing since 2018. Ashleybaby knows no limits or boundaries as she struts her “Krazy Koala” moniker around the world, leaving us in admiration of the world she shows us. Ashleybaby it’s over to you…
Who are you? Biography
Ashley Chu, a.k.a. Ashleybaby, is born with a passion for music, dance, and art. She is an amateur musician, beauty pageant queen, fashion runway model, 42KM marathon runner and Latin dancer.
After she graduated from Columbia University and INSEAD MBA, Ashley worked for Amazon and a private equity fund. Since then, Ashley has been an investor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and Singapore.
Ashley is also an avid solo female traveler and travel book author with an ongoing series, with the first book “550,000 Miles” published in December 2017 and the second book “One Million Miles” to be released in May 2020. She is the founder and CEO of “The Krazy Koala” Group (www.theKrazyKoala.com).
She is featured on the talk show with NBC, the top TV channel in the world, for her accomplishments professionally and personally. She is also featured by one of the World’s top Ivy League institution, Columbia University.
Where are you from?
I am an American and Singapore resident. I also studied and worked in China, France, India, Australia and Japan.
Where have you been?
As of March 2020, she has visited 138 countries (out of her recognised UN list of 193). While she’s traveling around the world, she dedicates her time to make an impact on the society, with her passions: education and healthcare. She has completed multiple personal charity projects in Tanzania, Nepal, Bolivia, Madagascar and so on. She focuses on local culture experience, analyzes society phenomena and thinks about the potential solutions to help to solve the problems.
Where are you now?
I live in both Singapore and San Francisco Bay Area. I just came back from West Africa yesterday (Cote d’ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Sao Tome, Equatorial Guinea)!
What are the top 3 places you’ve visited?
Bhutan is my favourite of all. I also love Leh (India) and La Paz (Bolivia).
What is the best travel experience you’ve had?
I was teaching in an elementary school in Tanzania as a volunteer. I was dancing and singing with the kids, and guided them through their questions in the classroom. It was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever had.
What is the worst travel experience you’ve had?
Egypt. It was a very challenging place for solo female travelers as the gender culture was very challenging.
What is the funniest travel experience you’ve had?
Once I landed at Narita airport, I ran into a schoolmate of mine at the immigration line! It was such a small world!
What is the scariest travel experience you’ve had?
When I was in Addis Ababa, I landed very late. People at the airport tried to take your luggage and blocked you from going out if you didn’t pay them some convenience fees. I had to stay strong and stuck to what I believe.
The taxi driver also sounded very strange and was laughing loud all the way. But it was so dark out, I couldn’t see any direction. I just had to gamble and was hoping he could send me to the hotel safe. Thank god!
What is the most random job you have had on your travels?
I had never took on a “real” job during my travels, but I volunteered in different countries. It was very random for me to visit an orphan organization at Nepal on my birthday back in 2017.
How it happened was that I met a Uber driver in Singapore and I learned about his passion was to help the orphans instead of the driving Uber. I asked him for the contacts and made a trip to Nepal the next week for my annual birthday trip.
How do you fund your travels?
I just pay on my own. I also have left many miles and points from my business trips of my job that I could redeem. Occasionally I do partnerships with hotels and brands.
What 3 tips would you give a new traveller before they set off on their adventure?
Live at the moment. Follow your heart. If you want to go, go. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t be afraid. Travel smart. Be observant and protect yourself.
What are your future travel plans?
I usually travel one international trip per quarter. Later in 2020, I plan to visit 6 less popular European countries I’ve never been to, the Middle East region, and the small Pacific Islands like Tonga and Niue.
Links (website, twitter, facebook)
Other IG: www.instagram.com/world.encounter
Thanks to Ashleybaby for being the latest in my series of World Travellers! If you travel the world and run a travel blog or are a travel writer, please get in touch, you can be featured, either e-mail jonny (at) dontstopliving (dot) net or head to my contacts page and get connected! You can also subscribe to Don’t Stop Living by filling in the form below! Safe travels!
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