All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft

by Geraldine DeRuiter

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ISBN-13: 9781610397643
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 174,785
File size: 1 MB

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

Acknowledgments 271

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EPClark More than 1 year ago
"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.