Stories From the Road

Traveller, Dreamer and a True Inspiration, Meet Julia Ashwood – Founder and Editor of the Vista

Stories from the road is an interview series with inspiring people all over the world. Meet backpackers, expats, nomads and full-time travellers, and learn how you can do it too.

Julia Ashwood is an avid traveller – who started her website THE VISTA as a way to share information, inspire other travellers and ensure people had less “bad holidays!” The Vista share stories of great travellers, review hotels from around the world and curate bespoke travel guides which are free on the website. In this short inteview we get to know her just a little bit better.

How did you get the travel bug? Why and when did you start travelling?

I was so very lucky to date a pro surfer when I was a young lady. We travelled far and wide – Brazil, France, Spain, Hawaii, Japan, for almost 10 years… and to this day it’s really responsible for giving me my initial travel bug!

How was Follow the Vista born?

I love to travel and people naturally asked me for advice. I started writing wanderlust travel guides and it grew from there.

Tell me about your favourite travel memory

So many… but the USA RV trips with my girlfriends in my late 20s remain some of the most beautiful and fun experiences in my life. However, every trip holds its very own magic – even those little weekend getaways.

What would you say is the best thing about travelling?

Opening your mind, your heart and your eyes. Getting out of your comfort zone and letting the world teach you. Immersing yourself in incredible new cultures, foods and music! It’s just the best.


Left:@themagdelenaexperience right: @mattrabbidge

Tell me about the craziest/weirdest experience you’ve ever had on a travel

Morocco times are always an interesting experience. My best friend and I were treated to the most decadent dinner experience you could ever imagine. There we were (dressed like backpackers after a day in the souk) amongst royalty, gold and rose petals.

Where would you recommend people to visit at least once in their life, and why?

I just returned from a trip to New Zealand so it’s still on the mind. Although it is an island quite close to home (Australia) I could not compare the sheer natural beauty of the islands to anything. Do go in the warm months if you’re not a snow bunny however! It can get chilly.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from travelling?

Let the trip guide you – try not to pre-plan everything to allow some flexibility & always do your research before you fly.

Where is your favourite destination and why?

I adore Tahiti, Hawaii and Bali because it is always 100% relaxation. Yet I also love Tasmania for its raw sense of adventure. I couldn’t pick just one! 

What’s still on your bucket list?

There are many parts of Europe I am still to cover. Today, I am dreaming of a wooden sail in Croatia…that’s definitely on the bucket list.

What would be your best advice for people who dream about travelling?

The experience of traveling is worth more than money, but we all know it costs money to travel… Set goals, put some saving away each week and your trip will be so satisfying when you finally arrive to your own infinity pool, cocktail in hand.

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  • Reply Jen February 25, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Great post. It just makes me wish I live a life similar to yours. I love to travel but just couldn’t find the time.

  • Reply Emma February 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I love interview posts like this where you get to find out more about people. What make them tick – why they like the life they do. It’s so interesting to read about other people’s experiences.

  • Reply Brittany Comeaux March 2, 2017 at 4:40 am

    She seems like such a beautiful soul! Definitely inspiring me to get out and see a little bit more of the world!

  • Reply Zen Jen March 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I enjoy reading others perspectives and experiences. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Shane Prather March 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    She is absolutely gorgeous! Love that she was able to start traveling at such a young age – some people regret not getting to when they are older.

  • Reply Thi March 2, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    What a great interview ! It’s really nice to get to hear another person’s perspective about a common hobby! Traveling is amazing, but the hardest thing is finding the time and resources to do so!

  • Reply neha March 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Such an inspirational story. I love stories like these. And they always make me believe, when we follow our intuition and do our best success just follows.

  • Reply Crystal March 7, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    This is an amazing post, thank you for sharing such an inspirational story. I wish I travelled more.

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