About The Everywhereist

AKA Geraldine DeRuiter

Just Someone’s Opinion

“Geraldine DeRuiter’s husband Rand has a job that takes him around the world. After she was laid off from her job, she started tagging along with him and blogging their experiences at the Everywhereist… She says she blogs to help Rand remember where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. But this consistently clever site lets the rest of us go along for the ride too — even when the couple is just hanging out at home in Seattle.”

~ TIME Magazine, Best Blogs of 2011

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.

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Contact

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 deenie@gmail.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+.

 

On Instagram @theeverywhereist

  • Slide viewer? Check. Slides? Image of your mother when she was 26, pregnant with your brother, that you've never seen before? Check.
  • Whoa. Rand received this rather remarkable gift from someone at a conference and it's led to a lot of discussion in our house about the verisimilitude of it. Also, is it weird that people are constantly giving us likenesses of ourselves?
  • Little dude learning to skip rocks on a crystal clear Bavarian lake. Traveling with @wilreynolds & @norapreynolds is the best. #randtookthis #nofilter #bavariansunset #latergram
  • We visited an Abbey where monks brew beer. Somebody's photobombing us. And this was before the drinking. #randtookthis
  • Just visited my step-mother for the first time since my father died. She gave me a box of photos, many which I'd never seen, including this one of my grandfather on my parents' wedding day. This image of him, his face obscured by smoke, is fascinating to me. In my lifetime, I'd never seen him pick up a cigarette, ever.
  • Cheers! Not sure who was more excited to toast over dinner here in Bavaria. Both Rio And Wil look equally psyched.
  • This again. Off to Germany. Really nervous to see Dad's final resting place for the first time. But this guy has been super supportive. So grateful for him. #thisagain #randaldineselfie #selfiesonaplane
  • My husband's grandfather hugged me goodbye after we had breakfast today, and said, "Take care of my little boy." If you need me, I will be crying forever and ever and ever.
  • Geraldine lost her voice (from recording her AUDIO BOOK!) and so made this handy card to take around at the #Mozcon Local afterparty. #randtookthis
  • Geraldine's uncle, Andy, explains to her, in his Cockney accent, how her book was very well written, even though "half the stories were rubbish." Of course her aunt never would say that you can get bubonic plague from cats... No way. (he read a preview copy - final version comes out May 4th) #randtookthis #everyonesacritic #allovertheplace