We often discuss failure as a means to an end. Fail, and you'll get better. Fail, and you'll learn something. But what if we never improve? What if we decide to make failing our goal? I am the person least qualified to write a travel blog; I'm arguably the world's worst traveler (I throw up a lot. I have no sense of direction. I'm really scared of pigeons). Failing has led to the success of my blog (because readers empathize and relate to an imperfect narrator who makes them feel better about themselves by comparison). Failing takes the pressure out of travel. If you can embrace failing, you can do anything (I mean, not well, but you can at least *attempt* to do anything).
Geraldine DeRuiter is founder of award-winning The Everywhereist blog, which TIME magazine described as "consistently clever" (note: Geraldine brings this up a lot). While ostensibly a travel writer, she also writes extensively about dessert and Jeff Goldblum's entire filmography. Forbes Magazine named The Everywhereist one of its Top 10 Lifestyle Websites for Women for 3 consecutive years, and The Independent included her on their list of 50 Best Travel Websites. Her memoir, ALL OVER THE PLACE: ADVENTURES IN TRAVEL, TRUE LOVE, AND PETTY THEFT is available now.