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“A voice of originality in a world with too little of it.” —Seth Godin, New York Times best-selling author

“Ash Ambirge is a whole mood, and trust me, you want to be in it.” —Sarah Knight, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck

Ambirge writes with candor and sharp humor…[her] blunt tone and helpful advice will appeal to anyone looking to shrug off a dreary, conventional career for a life of adventure, passion, and happiness.” —Publishers Weekly


Hi! I’m Ash, and welcome to The Middle Finger Project®: Bold Ideas for a Happy Life.

Here, I write for the wanderlusters, the unconventionals, and the rebels who want to travel, live abroad, do meaningful work, experience the world, and do creative, interesting things with their ONE FINE AND FREAKY LIFE.

Whether you’re selling all your stuff and flying off to Scotland, quitting your job and enrolling in cooking school in France, exiting your relationship of a decade to find yourself again in Chile, starting a business selling hand-crocheted undies in Costa Rica (oh god), embarking on a long-distance hike in Spain, or challenging yourself to try something completely new in Italy, you’ll find a home here. (And probably a leftover piece of pizza.)

The BEST place to start is probably with THE MIDDLE FINGER PROJECT book, because Penguin Random House New York and London thought it would be hilarious to see this title on your mother’s coffee table.

In the meantime, here’s our line-up of weekly columns!

  • Wednesdays—THE AUDACIOUS ADVICE COLUMN
    Bold ideas for living a happy life. A must-read if you’ve been asking a lot of questions, like “what’s next???” Featuring spunky inspiration to help you travel more, do meaningful work & live a delightfully unreasonable life. FOR ALL SUBSCRIBERS

  • Thursdays—MONEY ADVICE FOR WANDERLUSTERS
    A must-read if you've got big dreams of traveling & experiencing the world—but have no idea how to finance them. FOR PAID SUBSCRIBERS

  • Fridays, coming in February 2024!—INTERVIEWING TRAVELERS ABOUT WHERE THEY LIVE AND WHY
    A must-read if you’ve ever wondered what it’s *really* like to live in Finland—or that teeny, tiny town in Kansas. FOR PAID SUBSCRIBERS

  • Saturdays—ASH’S “DEAR WORLD” TRAVEL DIARY: THE RETURN TO AMERICA AFTER TWENTY YEARS AWAY
    A must-read if you’re a culture lover or anthro enthusiast & need some funny travel writing in your life—or you’re just a huge, perverted voyeur…my favorite. FOR ALL SUBSCRIBERS

  • Sundays—TIPS ON LIVING WELL, FROM READERS AROUND THE WORLD
    A must-read if you always wished you were f*cking French. FOR PAID SUBSCRIBERS

Hope to see you in your inbox SOON!

Ash Ambirge
Writer & Author, The Middle Finger Project (Penguin Random House)
Suspicious of Fish Since 1984

P.S. I’ll be emailing under the name “Yo, It’s Ash!” so don’t accidentally get confused and think I’m the Dean of Harvard. I know it’s a slippery slope.

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Ash Ambirge 

Author of THE MIDDLE FINGER PROJECT (Penguin Random House). Writer, traveler, nonconformist & nomad since 2009. Writing about unconventional ways to live a happier life.