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. He lived in Bali for three years until 2010.
In 2019, Ashley published his first novel, Banging the Monkey based on his experiences abroad.
^Fayers, Adam. "SHITHAUS - CRUSH: LIVE CRUSH 84 - 85"Archived 2012-11-08 at the Wayback Machine, 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."