I joined Travel Nation in 2013 and re-joined in 2018 after taking a break to embark on a one-year work and holiday adventure in New Zealand.
Travelling and exploring the beautiful diversity in landscapes and scenery this planet has to offer has always been one of my greatest passions. This led me to take my first big steps into the world of travelling at the young age of 12 on a solo trip to visit various family members in the USA (thankfully my parents were never the ‘overly worried’ type). At 16, I spend my first year living abroad taking part in a high school exchange to Auckland, New Zealand. During and after my student years, I took every opportunity possible to venture further afield and the decision to turn this passion into a career now allows me to share my experiences and help others set-off on their very own adventures.
I absolutely love the outdoors and feel happiest standing on top of a mountain after a long hike. One of my goals for the next few years is to complete all the Great hikes in New Zealand (3 down, 7 to go).
Berlin and Sydney
I started working for Travel Nation in 2013
Ruth has visited:
Playing with our family dog, out and about on a hike or practising the dancer pose on my yoga mat.
Koh Tao, Thailand (I came for two days, but ended up forcing myself to leave after two weeks and two dive courses).
Uganda. I had no idea just how ‘green’ Africa can be and tracking the mountain gorillas through the jungle is still one of the most awe-expiring things I’ve done.
Passport (obvious I guess), emergency credit card, camera (ideally with a spare battery), diary and coloured pencils.
Live from my rucksack. I’ve recently invested in one that can be unzipped at the front, which is very handy. I hate packing and as soon as I manage to squeeze everything into my bag, I try to touch the backpack as little as possible.
Queenstown, New Zealand
A 4-week solo trip to visit various family members along the east coast of the USA at the age of 12.
Dune45, Namibia. Abel Tasman Park, New Zealand. Angkor Wat, Cambodia (although I was there at the start of the tourism boom so not sure it would still be on my list these days if I were to go back).
Octopus Resort, Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Not a resort for seekers of ‘uber luxury’, but a great, basic and clean place with a relaxed atmosphere, amazing food, one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to. And the sunsets are unreal. I could have stayed on the hammocks there for another month easily (and I’m not usually much of a beach person!)
Yasawa Islands, Fiji. Most of the beaches here are stunning, and you won’t find them overcrowded by the tourist masses.
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (I can’t make up my mind if I want to see it in wet or dry season though).
Barbecued chicken hearts.
Best: Banh Mi baguettes in Vietnam (I lived on these for a solid two weeks, they’re so yummy!)
Worst: Marmite in the UK (and this also includes Vegemite in Australia - why would you put this on your bread?)
Work and holiday trip to New Zealand
Urbia, the main town in the La Guajira Desert area in Colombia. The desert itself is absolutely stunning and I highly recommend a visit, but the closer you drive to Urbia the more plastic waste you drive past. It was the first time I was confronted with the clash of nature and plastic on such a scale.
Approximately 45 people from a Chinese tourist bus each individually wanting to take a picture with me in front of a landmark called the Hin Ta rock on Koh Samui (it must have been because I have blonde hair!). I’ll leave it up to Google to tell you what Hin Ta rock stands for.
Seoul, South Korea. I’m not much of a city person, but Seoul just amazed me in so many unexpected ways that I would happily go back
An unexpected beach party on the Perhentian islands in Malaysia, when a sudden monsoon downpour forced all people from the beach bars to either run home or take shelter under this one wooden roof. Some locals soon came with music and started selling bears out of a cooler box and we all ended up dancing in the rain.
Proper bread (this seems to be a German thing!)