Where it all began...
As a store owner who goes on buying trips in Asia a few times a year my customers would say, "Can I come with you?" with a wistful look in their eyes. I heard that question all the time. Then I thought - why not? I love to shop, I love to travel, and I love to share those passions with other people.
It all started with a "practice tour" taking my family to Beijing and Shanghai! Then one tour group...then another. Soon travelers were asking me to take them with me on my trips to Bali and Thailand. Now I have taken about 24 tour groups to China, Bali, and Thailand - and my travelers just keep coming back for more!
The worldwide unforseen complications of Covid-19 put a 3 year hiatus on the tours, however 2023 is the year that the tours will be back on track!
Ashleigh showed me why Bali is like a second home for her: from wave surfing to market arts to pampering spa time. I felt less like a tourist and more a part of the community while everyday learning something new about Bali. What a great first trip to Asia!
"This trip is a slice of heaven! Not only were we in one of the most beautiful, magical places on the planet for 2 weeks and shopping with a total pro in exotic locales for amazing deals/finds, but the value for the money on every aspect of the trip is fantastic.
Ashleigh is perfectly suited to the role of tour/shopping safari manager and attends to every single detail on this trip to ensure that each voice is heard when it comes to accommodations for individual needs/wants each day. Our air-conditioned bus with professional driver and expert tour guide definitely helped us to relax and enjoy the ride; the hotels were more than comfortable, the food very good and the spa options made me very happy. While there is a 4-hour spa day included in the tour price, you can always opt for additional 4-hour sessions with massage, facial, reflexology, etc - for about $40! The combination of spending time in the interior at Ubud for a week and then down to the beach areas for the second week (and everything in-between) really gives tour goers a comprehensive feel for the entirety of Bali.
I am a life-long traveler and former professional tour guide who was amazed at how much we were able to see and do on this package - did I mention the silver?!
I highly recommend this trip with Ashleigh - you will not be disappointed!"
COL (Ret), US Army
I was on Ashleigh's September 2016 tour to Bali and the trip did not disappoint. Bali is absolutely beautiful! The tour was the perfect mix of visiting landmarks and cultural sites, shopping, relaxing by the pool or at the beach and eating fantastic food! Our tour participants were a wonderful group-it was an unexpected bonus that they were so much fun! I've been on some of Ashleigh's China tours also, and what I appreciate about her tours is that they offer an authentic "non-touristy" experience. You visit the tourist attractions, but avoid the tourist traps. I particularly enjoyed silver jewelry shopping in Celuk, and the spas. This tour is a terrific value for the price. I highly recommend it!
I loved Bali! I went with Ashleigh in Sept. 2016 and enjoyed a fabulous adventure. The scenery was breath-taking! I really liked the boutique hotel in Ubud with separate cottages and looked forward to the yummy breakfast each morning. My favorites were the monkey forest, the elephants, and the many opportunities for spa treatments. This is a great trip if you want to make new friends, enjoy spectacular scenery, shop till you drop, relax at the spas, eat good food, and experience Bali culture. The price which includes airfare is a great bargain. Opportunities for free time too. I chose an evening safari and saw wild animals just inches away. I hope to go to Bali again!