Hello, I’m Ruby. I’ve spent three plus decades of my life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I recently became a certified TESOL/ESL instructor. I wish I’d known so many things before I began traveling alone -that it can be affordable, it’s a great way to learn how the world works, it’s not lonely or dangerous and opportunities to work and volunteer while away are everywhere. I want to share my experiences so someone else can learn from my mistakes – the biggest being waiting too long to try something that has become integral to who I am now.
Visiting Paris, France was my solo trip, in 2014. At the time I was fed up with never having a travel buddy but wanting to see other parts of the world. Going alone for the first time was scary and involved a lot of planning but the experience remains one of the best things I’ve ever done. Since that journey I’ve visited 25 countries, 16 of them solo. Sometimes it’s a quick trip (as an American, I have to stretch our vacation days like mad) and other times I have been able to settle in and get to know a place over a span of several weeks; I’ve spent at least a month’s time in Austria, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. These places are now quite special to me.
I believe life is long and should be enjoyed everyday, not just on weekends or special occasions. This is why I travel often. I love hiking and active travel, sometimes walking or biking as a way to get from point A to point B. Trying a new foods is always the highlight of visiting a new place and I like making American foods for new friends while traveling. I try to meet as many people as possible. My best travel experiences had nothing to do with saving money or checking off a “bucket list” item but came about by being open to a conversation with a new person, connecting and enjoying something together.
Where I’ve been
Austria, Belgium, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam.
Where I’d Like to Go
China, Northern Africa (Atlas Mountains) & Patagonia