Hello, I’m Ruby. I’ve spent three plus decades of my life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I recently became certified TESOL/ESL instructor to make long-term travel more affordable. At home I like hiking, biking, kayaking and playing football (soccer). There are a lot of things I wish I’d known about going abroad alone before I traveled – mainly that it’s not as hard or expensive as I imagined. I use this site to give updates about where I am but also to just share experiences so someone else can learn from my mistakes 🙂
I took my first solo trip to France in 2014. At the time I was fed up with never having a travel buddy to join me on a trip. Traveling alone for the first time was scary and took a lot of planning but it turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done. Since then I’ve visited 24 countries, 15 of them solo. Sometimes it’s a quick trip and sometimes I settle in a little and get to know a place; I’ve spent about a month’s time in Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. These places are now quite special to me.
I live with the philosophy that life is a long process that 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. I love eating and trying new foods and even cooking some American foods for my hosts. I try to meet as many people as possible while traveling, both locals and other travelers. It’s amazing how many friendships can come from just being open and starting a conversation. I’ve certainly started trips alone and ended them with a travel buddy (or buddies).
Where I’ve been
Austria, Belgium, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam.
Where I’m Headed
At some point in the next year I will visit New Zealand.
Where I’d Like to Go
Albania, China, Morocco, Patagonia & New Zealand (!!!)