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 hit the road, and began chronicling her travel adventures on her blog, The Everywhereist, which TIME magazine described as “consistently clever” (note: Geraldine brings this up a lot. Even when it’s not pertinent to the conversation). While ostensibly a travel writer, she also writes extensively about desserts she’s enjoyed as well as Jeff Goldblum’s entire filmography. Rather miraculously, her work has also garnered the attention of FORBES Magazine, which listed her blog as one of its Top 10 Lifestyle Websites for Women for 3 consecutive years, and THE INDEPENDENT, who included her on their list of 50 Best Travel Websites. (So, you know, that TIME thing was not just a fluke or a result of the editorial team getting drunk.)

When not on the road with her long-suffering and infinitely patient husband, Rand, Geraldine can be found in Seattle, usually fighting with people on the internet.

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

  • The final, finished copy of my book arrived at our house today. Rand is very excited about it. (Everyone else has to wait until May 2nd, but you can pre-order it now. Link in bio.) #AllOverThePlace #AOTPbook #everywhereist #happydance
  • 9 foods we ate in Japan that I'm missing now:
1) Sushi! 
2) Kaiseki (a multi-course meal with tons of delicious little plates)
3) Croissants (Japanese bakeries seem to have mastered them) 
4) Okonomiyaki (multi-layered pancakes with noodles and all sorts of stuff)
5) Takoyaki (octopus balls) 
6) Ramen (so many styles, all so good) 
7) Yakiniku (grill your own meats!)
8) Tempura (so light and crispy) 
9) Onigiri (Geraldine was crazy for these - the best ones came from 7-11 of all places) 
#foodsofjapan #randtookthis #latergram #tastebudsforeverspoiled
  • Geraldine bought this frickin' adorable tea cup in Tokyo and I'm kinda jealous (even though everyone knows cups that hold hot liquids need handles!). #studioghibli #totorotea #randtookthis
  • Sayonara Japan. We loved you so much, we're already planning ways to come back. Thanks to @nicelleh & @wescarr for insisting we go, and for being our tour guides. #randtookthis #randaldineselfie #selfiesonaplane
  • It's not often you get to meet up with friends at Tokyo Station on the way to Narita, but we lucked out. Thanks @benhuh @emilyphuh for the great lunch and amazing company. #randtookthis #lastdayofvacation #selfiesatthetrain
  • That's no way to describe how stunning the ryokan & onsen is here. Maybe these 7 photos will help. It's definitely modern, but the landscape, the food, the lobby, the architecture, the service... everything is just spot on. And we even get to wear yukatas! #randtookthis #hoshiniya #karuizawa #beautifulhotels
  • Karuizawa has its own creamery, and they make both matcha and black sesame gelato. It's frickin' tasty. Who cares if we have to wear coats to eat it. #icecreamtime #lastdayofvacation #nagaifarm
  • Waiting for the bus. With a friend. 
#randtookthis #totorotime
  • This stone church in Karuizawa was designed by an American architect, Kendrick Kellogg, and serves as a popular wedding facility. Fascinatingly, it has no right angles in the design (though Geraldine spent most of our visit trying to claim that angles on exit signs or edges of photos inside technically violated this rule). #randtookthis #stonebuildings #curvyarchitecture
  • We have been incredibly lucky to stay at many beautiful hotels around the world (mostly thanks to generous conference organizers). But, #hoshiniya in Karuizawa almost certainly belongs in the top 3. Every detail is stunning here. It's almost sad to walk out of the resort! #randtookthis #randaldineselfie