Ashley was living in Bushwick, Brooklyn when he decided that he wanted to travel the world. In 2005, putting his musical career on hiatus, Tod spent most of the year traveling the Far East, including Calcutta, India and Bangkok, Thailand. He has published a written account of his travels in a blog, which he calls Postcards From the Other Side of the World.
^Fayers, Adam. "SHITHAUS - CRUSH: LIVE CRUSH 84 - 85", Get With It, December 28, 2005. Accessed November 6, 2007. "Shithaus is a pre-Pussy Galore band featuring Jon Spencer, Tod Ashley, Tom Fry, Stephan Harshman and James Joaquin. They released at least one cassette in 1985."