“We’re sorry to say that your piece wasn’t right for us, despite its evident merit and humor.”
- Rejection letter from The New Yorker
I suppose you want to know what all this nonsense is about. You’ve come to the right place.
My name is Geraldine. This is my travel blog. My husband Rand said I needed a photo to go along with this page, so here’s one:
He’s probably going to be mad that I chose that photo, since it’s not particularly flattering. Here’s another one that’s slightly better:
I got my mom’s jawline and my dad’s nose. I suppose it could have been worse. But enough with the photos.
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.
(What’s that? You still have questions, and this About page did nothing to answer them? Then check out my FAQs.)
Want to get in touch re: media inquiries, cupcake recommendations, scathing commentary against neglectful airlines, or freelance work? Email email@example.com.
(DO NOT contact me with any of the following: press releases, freebie offers, unsolicited offers of guest posts, requests to buy links/ad space. If you do this 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.)
TIME magazine’s Top 25 Blogs of 2011. (Proof that god occasionally gets drunk.)
The 50 Best Travel Websites, The Independent
Top 100 Sites for Women – 2013, Forbes Magazine
Top 100 Sites for Women – 2012, Forbes Magazine
Top 10 Lifestyle Blogs for Women – 2011, Forbes Magazine
Top 12 Most Influential Travel Bloggers, US City Traveler
OTP‘s Favorite Travel Bloggers of 2013, Off Track Planet
12 Travel Bloggers You Should Read in 2012, Elliott.org
10 Most Unique Blogs of 2011, CrazyEgg.com
Most Valuable Blogger 2011 (Dining and Entertainment category), CBS Seattle
Editors’ Picks, Bing Travel
Top 100 Travel Blogs, NomadicSamuel.com
Blog of the Week, Skyskanner.net
The Best New and Not-So-New Travel Blogs of 2011, AlmostFearless.com
Frugal Dad’s Top Travel Blogs, FrugalDad.com
The Everywhereist featured on Surfin With Steph, Fox News 12, Oregon (video clip)
“Laid-Off Copywriter Honored for Travel Blog Everywhereist,” Geekwire.com
“The Everywhereist Talks Salt,” The SCOOP (Kansas Underground Salt Museum Blog)
“Blog: My Way of Fighting,” F5 Magazine (Translated from Russian)
“10 Airport Secrets That Only Insiders Know,” Oprah.com
“Seattle Tourists Unleash Fifty Shades of Grey Fantasies,” USA Today Travel
Forms of Identification: Geraldine DeRuiter, BBC Travel
Q & A With Geraldine DeRuiter of Everywhereist.com, Conde Nast Traveler
Meet the Woman Behind the Everywhereist, Trekity.com
Living the Dream: Geraldine DeRuiter, NicoleWilliams.com
Interview: The Everywhereist, ThePresentPerfect.com
Stories That Inspire: An Interview With The Everywhereist, I’mWayTooBusy.com
An Interview With The Everywhereist, MsMorphosis.com
Interview with Geraldine DeRuiter, a.k.a. @everywhereist: Lucky 13 Questions, GoSeeWrite.com
Interview: Geraldine DeRuiter from the Everywhereist, TravelBloggerAcademy.com
The Everywhereist Loves Snacks and Rand (Interview), GirlHabits.com
Sharing Personal News Online, Ignite Seattle, 2013
Oh, and one last important thing: my blog was designed by Kimberly Coles. She is remarkably talented, professional, and really fun to work with. I highly recommend her.