A Conversation with Ashley Torres – Trippit Blog

Going Places is a new series from TripIt that highlights frequent travelers to showcase their unique travel styles and insider tips.

mother Content creator. Excellent travel planner. Meet Ashley Torres: creator of the lifestyle blog Everyday Pursuit—and wearer of many hats. Ashley started her blog with a mission to help others live their lives to the fullest. And travel planning knowledge is a big part of that.

“Especially when you have a young family, you may think: I can’t travel now. But you can!” she said. “I want to help other parents do the same. It’s important to show your children the world.”

Ashley, her husband and their two-year-old daughter recently spent three months in Europe; One of them is on long-term rental in Italy.

“When it comes to traveling with my daughter, a vacation rental like an Airbnb is the way to go. We have our own kitchen, we have our own bedroom; It makes the experience so much more enjoyable—for all of us.”

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Ashley details the ins and outs of planning her trip in the travel section of her blog. He shares travel guides to the latest destinations he visited; Tips for Family Travel; And much more.

Her secret weapon for staying organized? “I swear by TripIt. I forward all my booking confirmations—planes, trains, and Airbnbs!—and it creates a seamless itinerary,” she said. “Trust me, during a three-month trip to Europe, you will be a lot Booking’s and TripIt handled it all.”

After her itinerary is created, Ashley relies on Tripit to keep her on time: “When you travel, there’s very little room for error, so automatically syncing all the time zones in Tripit is very helpful”—and knows: “ For long-term, multi-country trips, TripIt’s COVID-19 travel guide feature was essential.”

Another safety-related feature he loves? Share your travel plans. “I always share my plans with my inner circle, so my loved ones know where I am. It’s a great tool that gives everyone peace of mind.”

A growing family and bucket list

When it comes to Ashley’s travel style, it evolves with her growing family.

“Before I had my daughter, I loved traveling alone. If you can do it, do it!” He advised. “You learn a lot about yourself. From navigating public transportation to figuring out how to communicate despite the language barrier, I will always remember the pride I felt in those small accomplishments.”

And now? “Now, I’m all about family travel—which brings its own challenges and accomplishments!”

Challenges like, going from being a carry-on-only traveler to now packing—and checking bags—for a family of three. “Traveling light with a baby? Almost impossible,” he exclaimed.

Even so, Ashley has learned what works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to planning a family trip. For example, her favorite places to travel with a little one: “Europe, in general; and Lisbon and Paris, in particular. European cities are very community-oriented and family-friendly. They have beautiful public parks and museums. They are extremely walkable. It makes a trip there so easy and enjoyable.”

No matter how you travel—solo, with friends, with kids, or something else—Ashley had some more tips to share.

“For starters, there are packing cubes the life. And get the Mobile Passport Control app. There’s something very satisfying about shaking the hands of your friends waiting in long lines at customs and border patrol,” he said with a laugh.

And for the trip-planning process: “Pinterest! After knowing our next destination, I go deep—I mean, deep down the 2 AM down-rabbit hole—into Pinterest boards.”

With a trip to Hawaii this month, a return trip to Europe planned for the spring, and an African safari on the bucket list, Ashley and her family don’t plan to stay long. But when she has some down time, she shares everything with her followers on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and more. Twitter.

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About the author

Amanda Walk

Amanda Walk is a freelance writer, founder of Amanda Walk Creative — a content writing services company — and avid traveler. His experience supports clients in the travel industry, travel technology, luxury travel and consumer brands. When she’s not helping clients tell their stories, Amanda writes about her own experiences to inspire others to travel as far, wide and often as possible.

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