"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 of me the year I dressed up as Fezzik from The Princess Bride for Halloween:

Rand was Inigo Montoya.

Life tip: marry someone who understands you and who will make out with you even when you have weird facial hair.

And here’s what we look like normally:

I’m the one on the right.


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.)

The Book:

Since I started this blog back in 2009, it has grown bigger than I could have ever imagined. I recently completed a manuscript for a book about our adventures. Hopefully Lost will be published by Public Affairs in 2017. (Sign up here to be notified about its release.)



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+.


Undeserved accolades:

TIME magazine’s Top 25 Blogs of 2011. (Proof that god occasionally gets drunk.)

The 50 Best Travel Websites, The Independent

Top 25 Travel Blogs, 2015Viator Travel Awards

Top Travel Blogs – Rising Stars of 2014, The Huffington Post

Top Ten Blogs for Responsible Travel, Epicure and Culture

18 Best Blogs and Websites of 2013, The Cultureist

Top 100 Sites for Women – 2013Forbes Magazine

Top 100 Sites for Women – 2012, Forbes Magazine

Top 10 Lifestyle Blogs for Women – 2011Forbes Magazine

Top 12 Most Influential Travel BloggersUS 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



How Getting Laid-Off Inspired One Writer to Travel the World,” Mashable.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)

Help! I Have Motion Sickness,” US News & World Report

10 Airport Secrets That Only Insiders Know,” Oprah.com

The Everywhereist Has a Brain Tumor, Names it Steve, and Blogs About It,” WebProNews

Are You a Window Flier or an Aisle Seater?” CNN.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

Self-Doubt, Branding, and Books: A Chat With The Everywhereist, TravelWriteAway.com

Travel Blogger Tell-All – A Conversation With Geraldine DeRuiter, TravellingKing.com

A Conversation with Geraldine DeRuiter, Travelwriting2.com

Geraldine DeRuiter – The Everywhereist, TravelTrolley.co.uk

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



Finding New Beginnings in Our Endings, Unmistakable Creative Podcast

Writers’ Rough Drafts, CraftYourContent.com



Inspired by the Everywhereist, FYI.tv, 2014

Moztalk Blogger Edition – Geraldine DeRuiter, 2014

Sharing Personal News Online, Ignite Seattle, 2013


Oh, and one last thing …

My website was designed by the talented Derric Wise, and built by the eternally patient Andy Adams. They are both delightful to work with and I highly recommend them.

Make that two last things …

I am required, by FTC rules, to inform you all that Rand and I are teeny tiny investors in TechStars Seattle. Should I ever write about any of those companies, either here or on Twitter, please keep that in mind.