Bill S. Ashley, a southwest resident since 1971, has just published a book about his travels over the past 50 years. The title of the book is The Diary of A Compulsive World Traveler.

Ashley knew that he had a love of travel at an early age. However, being brought up on a tenant farm in North Carolina, these dreams had to be curtailed until after college graduation. He is now retired after teaching for 34 years in the state of Virginia, most of those in the business department at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria. By the time he retired, Ashley had visited more than 100 countries, and now that he has more time to travel that number has now grown to over 200!

Ashley is a member of the Circumnavigators Club and the Travelers Century Club, both of which are international travel organizations withchapters in Washington, D.C. Members of the Circumnavigators Club have been around the world in a single trip and members of the Travelers Century Club have visited more than 100 countries. These two organizations will have their first joint meeting at a luncheon on April 14 at the Pier 7 Restaurant to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Dr. Ashley will attend the April 14 meeting to sign copies of the book for members of those two organizations. This event follows a previous book signing at River Park Mutual Homes on March 8, where he talked about his travels and displayed several items he bought in various countries.

A second edition of the book featuring Ashley’s subsequent travels is highly possible.

The Diary of A Compulsive World Traveler was published by Xlibris Publishing Company and is available through amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and his website: www.billsashley.com.

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