About Us

We are the Rowells - a couple of 30-year-old expats learning to do life internationally. Along with our dog Ranger, we live and work at KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which serves as our springboard for seeing the rest of the world. To date, we've been to over 30 countries, and we're adding new ones all the time. This website is our attempt at chronicling our escapades as expats who love to travel, and hopefully, it inspires you to get out and see what the world has to offer you, too!

The love of travel has always been a part of our lives, and it was because of this passion that we met for the first time nearly 10 years ago. We were both preparing to move abroad with the same company, and we met at orientation before leaving the U.S. After keeping in touch for the 2 years we lived on different continents (Eric in India and Ashley in Poland), we moved back to the United States and got married. Fast forward 5.5 years and after living in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina for the first few years of our marriage, we're happy to be living overseas again - this time in the same house.

When we're not traveling, we live relatively normal lives, though our situation certainly affords us some pretty cool, not-so-normal experiences. In our downtime, we scuba dive, learn Arabic, play lots of strategy board games, and are honing our skills as photographers.

Thanks for stopping by our little corner of cyberspace. We're glad you've decided to join us on this crazy journey!




Born and raised in Texas, Eric is a huge Texas Ranger's baseball fan. In fact, that's where our dog got his name. Being the planner that he is, Eric typically takes care of the details of our travels, and he does a great job making sure all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed when it comes to exploring new places. He's the researcher in the relationship, and he never jumps into anything without first knowing the ins and outs of something. In his spare time, Eric likes to swim, ride his bike, watch baseball, and sleep.


If Eric is the trip planner in this relationship, Ashley is the household planner as she takes care of most of the scheduling and household items that life inevitably brings. She cooks, cleans, irons, and makes the dog's food, and for the most part, she enjoys keeping house (though for the record, she hates cooking)!  She's a teacher and is currently working on her master's degree from the University of Virginia.  In her spare time, she loves to read, organize, and lay out by the pool.