Hi, I’m Ashley Baxter!
I discovered the secrets of frequent travel while working a corporate 9-5 job.
I used to take 1 vacation a year. Now I take 10!
As a small town girl raised by a single mom in rural East Texas, opportunities to travel were not abundant.
My childhood idea of vacation was going to the horse races and a trip to The Sizzler.
Those experiences made me think I needed to be really rich or old and retired to take fancy vacations. Fancy vacations were the kind that required a passport… or at minimum, a plane ticket.
In college, I accidentally found myself studying abroad. It forced me to travel solo for the first time, take my first flight, and live for an entire summer in a country where I didn’t know the language.
That experience left me feeling more alive than ever! Then I did what I was supposed to do… came back to school, finished my BA in communications, and got a steady 9-5 job.
How I Moved From Corporate Travel Dreamer To Corporate Travel Doer
I’d sit in my cube and dream about traveling. But with only 2 weeks of vacation a year and a lower than average salary, I didn’t know how to make that happen.
I began researching travel, creating processes to cover my work, and testing out ideas that would allow me to live a semi-jet set lifestyle while working my job.
Over a few short years, I’d found everything I needed to make it happen!
I went from taking one vacation a year, to taking 10 vacations in one year… including 2 international trips. The best part? I continued to get bonuses and raises and received offers to join high profile projects that increased my exposure with leadership at work.
Why I Started The Fancyish.com Blog
It didn’t take too long before family and friends started asking, “How do you do it?!“.
- How did I talk my boss into giving me extra days for vacation?
- How was I able to enjoy my time off without always working or getting calls from co-workers every 5 minutes?
- How could I travel all the time without going into debt?
I started talking to a lot of people about how they could travel more often while working a 9-5 job. Then it hit me, I could start a blog and put all my shortcuts to living a jet-set life with a 9-5 job in one place.
That’s when the blog was born!
What To Expect
Expect me to be honest, even when it hurts.
Expect me to challenge the status quo, even when it’s easy to conform.
Expect me to search for the silver lining in everything, even when it doesn’t seem like one exists.
I know how to use proper grammar and write with the approved formatting of the AP. However, if I followed the rules I wouldn’t be where I am so don’t expect to find conformity here.
Sometimes I use profanity because it’s better than fluffing the truth with pretty words.
My brain thinks in memes and gifs and emojis. I also love dirty rap, happy EDM (electronic dance music), and dipping things in guacamole.
This blog won’t be perfect because I’m not perfect, but I hope it helps you in some way or at least makes your day better.