My name is Ashley Zoernerl and I’m a writer. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where both of my parents were raised. I was about 11-years-old when my mom and dad decided that they didn’t want to raise their four children in the city and moved us about an hour east to Hancock County Mississippi.
While we moved away from the Big Easy when I was young my parent’s love for the city always brought us back. Any free time would be spent taking day trips to this magical place where jazz music and good food were always in abundance. I’m convinced that my love affair with New Orleans is what fueled my passion to discover new and interesting cultures all over the world. If this little corner of the South held so much life and flair then what else was out there waiting to be discovered?
I started this blog shortly after graduating from Georgia State University with my Communications Degree. I found myself slipping into the nasty habit of laziness. In college, I was constantly writing. Whether it was for one of my classes or as an associate editor for my school’s newspaper, The Signal, I always had an abundance of fun and interesting topics to write about. However, a month after graduating and my day consisted of reading Cosmo and watching Jerseylicious simultaneously. This, of course, was unacceptable so I decided to turn my passion for discovery into this blog.
As an avid traveler and overall lover of life, this blog is dedicated to sharing where I’ve been as well as places I’d like to visit in the future and why. I hope to encourage others to travel and see just how much in common we all have with each other. In addition, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite books, products, quotes, and anything else I think my readers (and by readers I mean my mom) will enjoy.
WHAT TRAVEL MEANS TO ME
St. Augustine is quoted as saying, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” To say that I agree would be an understatement. I have been an advocate of travel since my first trip abroad at 17. It was a two-week adventure to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein with fellow students from my high school German class. For a girl who had never been out of the South it was quite an experience and when I got back home it was safe to say that I had the bug.
Since then, I’ve moseyed out of the South many more times. From gliding down the canals of Venice to swimming with the sharks in Hawaii, I’ve taken advantage of any travel opportunity that has come my way and my passion has only becomes stronger.
My goal in life is to see everything. Not too ambitious, eh? Not only do I want to see different places across the globe but also absorb the culture. I want to meet the people, eat the food and share in the traditions.
A concept that I’ve adopted over the years is the idea of global citizenship. The prospect of social responsibility to not just your community, but to the world just makes sense to me. Only good can come from understanding that which is different. Just because something doesn’t make sense to me doesn’t mean it doesn’t make complete sense to someone else. I want people to embrace and celebrate diversity and what better way to do that than to make a conscious effort to understand the rest of the world?
As Maya Angelou so eloquently put it, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
Please feel free to comment and share your experiences with me.