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Travel Blogger Tell All – Geraldine from Everywhereist

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.)

Blogging:

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?

I’ve actually written an entire post about it!

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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  1. Geraldine

    Samantha! Thank you for conducting such a lovely interview! Hope my answers weren’t too cheeky – I was in a silly mood. I love the end result, though! 🙂

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Awesome post. What a treat to meet Geraldine, she sounds a hoot. Loved her popular post too, I can totally see why the peeps dig it.
    Ashland, Oregon sounds amazing, and the pic of the monkey holding the camera, priceless. Great motto, Be Excellent to each other, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure… sooo funny!

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