Traveller Tuesday with Ashley from A Southern Gypsy

Each Tuesday from now on I'll be hosting interviews with other travel bloggers, to help you discover more blogs and even more inspiration to travel. If you want to be part of this series please contact me

This week we have Ashley who is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused on adventure, outdoors and wildlife, and is headed to South East Asia in November on her first long term, solo trip. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function.

1. For those who don't know you, introduce yourself and your blog.

I’m Ashley, the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy- an outdoor, adventure and wildlife travel blog. I started A Southern Gypsy a little over a year ago when I started planning my first solo, long-term trip to Southeast Asia. Now, as I’m sitting here writing this, I have 2 weeks until I’m on a plane to Thailand.

2. Are you a light packer or an overpacker; what one thing won't you leave the house without?

In the past, I’ve been an over-packer. That’s mostly because I’m indecisive - I’ll just throw a bunch of things in a bag and then end up only wearing about a 1/4 of them. For my upcoming trip, I’m going very light though. A 40L backpack and a daypack. As a writer and photographer, the one thing I can’t go without is my camera, phone and laptop.

3. Do you plan your trips, or just go with the flow?

A little bit of both. Planning is part of the fun for me - it builds the anticipation. But, once I’m on the road, I tend to just go with the flow.

4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?

London will always hold a special place in my heart and a city I hope to revisit many times.

5. Where is currently at the top of your list to visit?

Since SEA has been on my brain so much and I’m headed there, I’d say Indonesia - it seems to be the South East Asian country I’m most excited about visiting.

6. What is the best experience you've had whilst travelling?

I’m never very good at answering these questions - I always go blank when asked them. I will say some of the best experiences I’ve ever had were either unplanned ones or the ones where everything seems to be going wrong, that it almost just becomes humorous. Those usually make for the best stories later on.

7. What tip would you give to other travellers?

Always keep an extremely open mind. You’re traveling to experience something different, not the same things you’re used to.

8. We share a love of Harry Potter, and I’m a Ravenclaw, what house are you in? Which book and movie are your favourite? And if you could be one of the characters, who would you like to be (My choice would, of course, be Luna Lovegood)?

Ahh HP! I’m a Gryffindor. It’s hard to pick a favorite - probably the Half-Blood Prince (I love Snape’s character) or the Prisoner of Azkaban. If I could be one of the characters - it’d probably be Bellatrix or Luna Lovegood as well. What can I say, I like the crazy ones :)

9. You are about to embark on a long trip to South East Asia, what are you most looking forward to? What country are you looking forward to visiting the most?

I’m looking forward to going somewhere completely different. I’ve only been to Asia once (South Korea for 2 weeks) but it was a while ago and I didn’t get to experience very much. I’m excited about going alone as I think it’s something I need to do at least once in my life. While I’ve got a great itinerary to look forward to, Indonesia is the country that draws to me so much and I’m not exactly sure why - the volcano trekking, Komodo dragons, diving,’s got a little bit of everything.

10. You are, of course, a Southerner, tell me your favourite thing about where you currently live? What you recommend visitors to the area see and do?

I’m from Nashville, Tennessee- which has actually become one of the top destinations in the world. It’s constantly growing, but somehow seems to always have that small-town feel to it. I love everything about the South - the hospitality, the food, sweet tea, the people, the music and so on. I’ve got loads of tips for things to see, do and eat in Nashville: the Flea Market, eat Hot Chicken, go to Lower Broad one night, visit Downtown Franklin, and much much more. Feel free to ask me any questions, anytime!

Ashley can be found around the interwebs at:

Facebook : A_Southern_Gypsy
Twitter: A Southern Gypsy
Pinterest: A Southern Gypsy
Instagram: A Southern Gypsy
Google+: Ashley Hubbard


  1. Have a great time on your trip! Indonesia sounds interesting so can't wait to read about it. I live in Atlanta and went to Nashville f the first time in April. I wrote about all the yummy restaurants there. My favorite-The Pancake Factory!

    1. Sounds like you had a great time in Nashville!!


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