Hi, I’m Ashley
If I remember correctly, I’ve been interested in World War II history since high school when we had to read Night by Elie Wiesel. After reading, I couldn’t help but want to know more. How could these things have happened? Did this stuff really happen? There’s just no way… right?
Twenty years later and I still haven’t digested enough information. I’m currently working on a master’s degree in World War II Studies in conjunction with the National WWII Museum. I couldn’t be more excited about it.
I’ve tried to explain why I’m so interested in this topic, and I can’t come up with an answer. It’s probably similar to how my friend really cares about dogs or how, for my dad, golf is life.
Everyone has their “things” I guess. World War II history is just something I’ve been inherently drawn to, as horrific a topic as it can be. I definitely feel an excessive need to keep these stories alive and to learn as much as I can to do so.
World War II travel
As far as World War II travel goes, my interest goes back to my first trip to Hawaii in 2007. While there I visited the Pearl Harbor memorial site and the Battleship Missouri in Honolulu. The desire to visit the places I’ve read about in so many books and seen in so many movies instantly struck me.
Since then, I’ve visited World War II sites at home and abroad and my to-visit list continues to grow. World War II may have ended in the 40s but it’s still very much a part of my life and travels here in the… 20s? Is that what we’re calling this decade?
About Destination: WWII
I formed Destination: WWII as a means to encourage travelers to visit World War II sites around the world and help them in doing so. Visiting these destinations helps this incredibly complex time in history–and the millions who lost their lives–to not be forgotten, especially by younger generations. There is no better way to learn about WWII than to experience these places for yourself.
Through this website and social media channels, my goal is to help you discover and visit these sites yourself and to get the most out of them that you can. I’ll do my best to accomplish this through research, logistical assistance, inspiration, and more.
More about me
I am currently based in Boston, Massachusetts and am the owner, writer, and photographer of My Wanderlusty Life, an international travel blog focusing on what I call “Time Budget Travel”—helping you get the most out of a destination regardless of how little time you have to travel. In other words: let’s move, move, move!
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