Being named in Time magazine’s 25 Best Blogs of 2011 is quite an achievement. As is being selected as Skyscanner’s Blog of the Week, of course!
is so called so because its author, Seattle-ite Geraldine DeRuite, goes everywhere. Having been laid off from her job, she joined her husband on his jet-setting job travels. She says she blogs to help her husband remember where they’ve been and what they’ve seen.
The Everywhereist covers everything travel-related from Peruvian tourist attractions to advice pieces like the wonderfully-titled ‘Superfluous Travel Item I Need (Kinda)’. But she doesn’t just travel, she entertains us with everything from old family photos to cupcakes.
The appeal of The Everywhereist is that Geraldine voices those feelings that we’ve all had at one time or another on our travels. And she does it with a smart, sassy sense of humour. At her best when she ‘rants and raves’, Geraldine lets rip on everything from kids rocking her plane seat to finding hair in hotel showers.
For example, here’s an excerpt from ‘An Open Letter to the Kid on My Last Flight’
‘To the little blond kid on Alaska Air Flight #232,
It seems we’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.
I see this as largely your fault, of course. When you saw me quietly sleeping in my chair, you – for reasons that defy logic (Was it curiosity? Thoughtlessness? Demonic possession? I’m leaning towards the latter) – decided to shake the back of my seat vigorously until I woke up.’
Like the writing, the blog looks neat, stylish and urbane. We’d recommend it to like-minded travellers, or just those who want to come for the ride. Geraldine’s very personal style and autobiographical subject matter may be a little too intimate for some, but you’ll certainly laugh with her along the way.
So next time you fly, mind your manners because you never know who you could be sitting next to. You could be the next unwitting victim of an Everywhereist rant and rave.