Geraldine’s Official Bio
After getting laid off from her copywriting job, Geraldine DeRuiter hit the road, and began chronicling her travel adventures on her blog, The Everywhereist. Seven years and many, many posts later, the Everywhereist has racked up thousands of fans, millions of page views, and plenty of buzz: it was named one of Time magazine’s Top 25 Blogs of the Year, one of Forbes magazine’s Top 10 Lifestyle Websites for Women for three consecutive years, The Independent’s 50 Best Travel Websites, and The Huffington Post’s Top Travel Blogs. Whether it’s eating roasted guinea pig in Peru, yelling at locals in Rome, or struggling to decipher the behavior of her fellow passengers (“Why would you use an airplane lavatory without shoes on?”), DeRuiter tackles travel with an equal mix of snark and heart as she hops around the globe with her husband, Rand Fishkin.
The Story Behind the Blog
My husband’s job requires him to travel. A lot. For years, I sat behind a desk while he wandered around the world without me. It sucked for both of us, but probably more for me.
Then, one day, I was laid off.
It might have been one of the best things that ever happened to me.
Since then, I’ve been following him around the world. This blog is mostly for him. So he can remember the places we’ve visited, the things we saw. So he can know a little bit about what I see when he’s off giving presentations and having meetings.
Yes, it’s a travel blog. But at its core, it’s a love letter to my husband.
A big, long, cuss-filled love letter. The kind he’d appreciate. The only kind I’m able to write.
That’s not to say you won’t find it useful as well. If you want to hear the rants of a former copywriter as I travel around, eat, and have a bit of an existential crisis, read on. If not, then … well, I suppose I’ve just wasted a bit of your time. Sorry about that.
Press & Accolades
Conde Nast Traveler
US News & World Report
(Proof that god occasionally gets drunk.)
US City Traveler
If you want to talk travel, Jeff Goldblum, or you wish to cast me in your new reality TV show about cupcakes, you can email me at email@example.com. (Note: my apologies, but unless we’re close friends, I cannot give you tailored travel advice. I get too many of these requests and it’s just become overwhelming. Also, I’m mostly clueless.)
I am represented by the amazing Zoe Sandler at ICM. If you have a really big, fancy inquiry, Zoe will be involved because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.
(DO NOT contact me with any of the following: press releases, freebie offers, guest post requests, requests to buy links/ad space, infographics, affiliate/partnership requests, or pitches of any kind. If you email me despite this warning not to, I will report you to Google and ridicule you on the blog. I will also sign you up for all sorts of unsavory mailing lists.) You can also find me on the usual suspects of social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.