Geraldine is seriously one of my favourite “travel bloggers’, because she talks about a whole lot of random crap (travel included), her stories are ALWAYS hilarious or at least entertaining! I would love to live in her head for just 1 day… (I know, super stalker creepy… sorry Geraldine! – get the restraining order ready…). Geraldine started her blog as a love “note” to her darling husband Rand, this later evolved to one of the best blogs out there!!
Ø Who are you?
This is way, waaaay too philosophical of a question to ask before lunch! WHO ARE ANY OF US? My name is Geraldine. I write a travel blog. Life is an illusion. There is no spoon.
Ø Where are you from/Where’s home?
I’m from Seattle, Washington. It will always be home.
Ø What type of traveller are you? Backpacker, full time traveller, luxury traveller?
Is “confused, hungry traveler” an option? Because I’m that.
Ø Where was the first trip you took?
The one that got me out of the womb, I guess.
Ø Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?
Oh, god, yes. All the time. I’m prone to motion sickness, so I have lovely memories (and the occasional photo, taken by my corrupt and crazed friends) of me getting sick all over the world.
Ø Do you have any funny or crazy travel stories?
I’ve been advised by legal council not to answer this questions. Let’s just say that yes, yes I do. If by “funny” and “crazy” you mean potentially litigious.
Ø What is the worst place you’ve travelled to and why?
I always like to say that even if I hate a place, I’ll go back to it, because I need to give it another shot. So right now I’ll keep mum about the worst place I’ve traveled to, until it has a chance to make amends for itself. (I’m looking at YOU, major west coast U.S. city.)
Ø Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
If I may give you a super cheesy answer: I feel like there are tons of places out there that I haven’t seen, and one of them, unknown to me now, is destined to be my favorite place in the world. But as for places that I have been to, so far my favorite is Ashland, Oregon. It’s a small town on the Oregon/California border where my husband and I were married. It smells like lavender and during the summer, the hills turn amber colored.
Ø How do you fund your travels?
Through the grace and goodwill of my long-suffering husband.
Ø What is your most fond memory from your travels?
It’s actually a fond memory from not traveling (I hope that’s okay!) My husband was supposed to leave for a trip, and his flight was cancelled and rescheduled for the next day. This meant that we had 24 whole hours to spend together with absolutely nothing planned. It was like a bonus day. And it was positively lovely.
Ø What would you be doing if you weren’t travelling?
Is professional cake eater a job? I’d be doing that.
Ø Have you ever experiences any cultural faux pas?
HA! EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE, DEAREST. EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE.
Ø What is your Favourite airline and why?
WHY MUST YOU INSIST ON PUTTING A “U” EVERYWHERE?
Err, sorry. American freak out. What were you asking? Oh, right. Favorite airline: Alaska Airlines – a small regional air carrier that operates out of the northwest and often has cookies.
Ø Where are you off to next?
New York City. The city is absolutely gorgeous in the fall – so I’m very excited. But before that: to the toilet! (I have to pee.)
Ø What is the name of your travel blog and why did you choose this name?
My blog is everywhereist.com. The name came about by accident. I was running ideas by my husband, and suggested “The Everywhere List.” Rand misheard, and thought I said “Everywhereist.” I owe many wonderful things to his lack of hearing.
Ø When did you start blogging?
I blogged professionally for several years (on behalf of the companies I worked for) before I started my own blog in 2009.
Ø Where did you start blogging?
Physically, I was in Seattle. Mentally, I was in a state of transition (I was unemployed, and not sure what I was going to do next).
Ø Why did you start a Travel blog?
My husband was traveling a lot, and we weren’t see too much of each other. When I got laid off, he suggested that I take a few trips with him. A few trips turned into many, many trips, and 5 years of steady travel. The blog kind of evolved naturally from that!
Ø What are you tips for new Travel Bloggers?
Ø Do you wish you did differently when you started out?
I wish I paid a little more attention to site architecture, taxonomies, and putting my content in order. I feel like it’s hard to find a lot of content on my site (I hope to eventually do a redesign that will address this, though, sometime in the future).
Ø What has been your most successful blog post and what was it about?
My most successful blog post was this ridiculous roundup I wrote about Bavaria food. I talked about how if you ate certain dishes, you’d be able to wrestle a bear. It was positively ridiculous, but I thought it was sort of funny – and people seemed to like it!
Ø What do you do to help make your articles successful?
I do a bit of promotion on some social media platforms – like Twitter, Facebook, and Google +. But honestly, when something I’ve written does well, it often takes me by surprise.
Ø What social media platform is the most helpful for you and why?
I really enjoy Twitter – it’s my largest audience, and where I am most active.
Ø Have you worked with any “big name” sponsors, if not who would be your dream to work with?
I’ve made a conscious decision not to work with any sponsors. I don’t accept sponsored trips, or promotional items, or anything like that. I don’t judge other people who do, of course – but for me, operating independently has worked best.
Ø Do you have any tips for new bloggers who want to work with sponsors?
I have absolutely no idea. Maybe reach out to sponsors who fit well with your audience? That sounds … reasonable.
Ø Which travel bloggers do you admire?
I really enjoy the work of Zach Anner (though he’s not really a travel blogger, but a travel personality). I also really like my friend Pam Mandel’s take on the world, which always makes me think. And I think that Kristen Luna (who runs the Camels & Chocolate blog) and Jodi Ettenberg (of Legal Nomads) are both just wonderful.
Ø Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
There’s no right or wrong way to travel. If you hate taking photos, don’t. If you love taking photos, do. Take a tour, or don’t. Stay in a hostel. Or don’t. Check your baggage. Or don’t! Really, it’s all up to you – no one should tell you the right way to see the world, because there isn’t one.
Ø What is your Travel Motto:
Be excellent to each other. (I got it from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure). It’s good life advice, too.
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