Some people are meant to travel the globe, to unwrap its secrets and share them with the world. And some people have no sense of direction, are terrified of pigeons, and get motion sickness from tying their shoes. These people are meant to stay home and eat nachos.
Geraldine DeRuiter is the latter. But she won't let that stop her.
Hilarious, irreverent, and heartfelt, All Over the Place chronicles the years Geraldine spent traveling the world after getting laid off from a job she loved. Those years taught her a great number of things, though the ability to read a map was not one of them. She has only a vague idea of where Russia is, but she now understands her Russian father better than ever before. She learned that what she thought was her mother's functional insanity was actually an equally incurable condition called "being Italian." She learned what it's like to travel the world with someone you already know and lovehow that person can help you make sense of things and make far-off places feel like home. She learned about unemployment and brain tumors, lost luggage and lost opportunities, and just getting lost in countless terminals and cabs and hotel lobbies across the globe. And she learned that sometimes you can find yourself exactly where you need to beeven if you aren't quite sure where you are.
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About the Author
After getting laid off from her copywriting job, Geraldine DeRuiter hit the road, and began chronicling her travel adventures on her blog, The Everywhereist. Seven years and many, many posts later, the Everywhereist has racked up thousands of fans, millions of page views, and plenty of buzz: it was named one of Time magazine's Top 25 Blogs of the Year, one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Lifestyle Websites for Women for three consecutive years, The Independent's 50 Best Travel Websites, and The Huffington Post's Top Travel Blogs. Whether it's eating roasted guinea pig in Peru, yelling at locals in Rome, or struggling to decipher the behavior of her fellow passengers ("Why would you use an airplane lavatory without shoes on?"), DeRuiter tackles travel with an equal mix of snark and heart as she hops around the globe with her husband, Rand Fishkin.
Table of Contents
A Disclaimer 1
Chapter 1 Gelato Is an Excellent Substance in Which to Drown Your Sorrows 7
Chapter 2 Sometimes You Run Screaming from the Person You're Madly in Love With 23
Chapter 3 The Contents of My Mother's Carry-On Look Like Evidence from a Prison Riot 39
Chapter 4 In Which I Am Surprised to Learn That Getting Lost Doesn't Bring About the Apocalypse 59
Chapter 5 Life Lessons from a Three-Hundred-Year-Old Dead Guy and His Boring Clock 75
Chapter 6 You Take the Grenade My Mom Brought to Dinner; I'll Book Our Flight-Finding Balance in Relationships 97
Chapter 7 Marry Someone Who Will Help You Deal with Your Shit 119
Chapter 8 Listen to Your Heart, Even If It Tells You to Steal Things 133
Chapter 9 Home Is Where Your MRI Is 147
Chapter 10 It's Always Easier to Leave for a Trip Than to Be Left Behind 155
Chapter 11 Bucket Lists Are Just Plain Greedy 169
Chapter 12 Is There a Gaelic Word for "I'm Freaked Out About Our Marriage"? 183
Chapter 13 Salvation Looks a Lot Like Wisconsin 197
Chapter 14 Turns Out, Things Aren't Always What They Seem 209
Chapter 15 Munich-Land of Sausages and Epiphanies 229
Chapter 16 Where There's a Fiat, There's a Way 245
Chapter 17 Just Go 267
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"All Over the Place" is a travel book, except that the travel is at least as much internal as it is external. Geraldine DeRuiter has transformed her popular blog, The Everywhereist, into a book that chronicles her trajectory from unemployment to travel blogger to brain-tumor-survivor to someone who's come to understand her family, her marriage, and herself. Well, at least a little bit better than she did before. As she freely admits at the beginning of the book, this isn't the kind of travel writing that explains to you how to save money in Sweden or avoid food poisoning in Fiji. Instead, it's the kind of travel writing where the trips serve as jumping-off points for musings on the meaning of life. If that sounds heavy, stuffy, or boring, it's not: DeRuiter's zany sense of humor comes bubbling out irrepressibly at every juncture, whether she's describing her mother's attempt to bring a pickax through airport security shortly after 9/11 (I may have cried a little during that scene, I laughed so hard), or the difficulties she and her husband face to preserve the happy state of their marriage under the pressure of her recovery from brain surgery and his inhumanly long work hours. There are also stories of her semi-successful attempts to understand her parents, both immigrants to the US, by returning to their original or adopted hometowns in Italy and Germany, as well as various alcohol-fueled bathroom mishaps in restaurants and hotels. Although the madcap adventures are presented in non-chronological order, the book's trajectory traces a gentle arc from 20-something Geraldine's neuroses to 30-something Geraldine's slightly calmer and more accepting approach to life, as she comes to the important realization that getting lost is not the worst thing that can happen to you, and sometimes it might take you where you really need to go. In turns heartwarming and hilarious, "All Over the Place" is one of the best travel books I've read in a long time. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.