Welcome to another new edition of Spotlight On!
We are so happy to welcome our lovely guest Ruthie from @RuthiesRoutes. She is a travel blogger and photography enthusiast who loves wine, the beach and her family!
Let’s get to know her better
Could you please tell us about yourself ?
My name is Ruthie Turner and I am originally from the Boston area currently living in the Sunshine State of Florida.
I’ve had the travel bug since I was a young child. As a teenager, I traveled a lot with my parents to Puerto Rico and Canada. I started my blog, “Ruthie’s Routes” to document my destinations around the world with my husband as well as my life in Florida where I now live.
I’m addicted to social media like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ just to name a few. My favorite TV show is HGTV / House Hunters International, it’s the only place where I have traveled the world and feel like I am in another part of the country.
I consider myself to a “beach bum”, if I could live on an island, I would! I love the crashing of the waves, the smell of the sea air and the sound of the seagulls.
When did you go on your first trip?
My first trip was when I was a teenager, about 17 years old. We went on a family trip to Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada.
My favorite part of this trip was taking the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride and feeling the excitement and anticipation of hearing the crashing of the Falls.
Where have been your favorite memories?
My favorite memories were living and growing up in Puerto Rico as a child with my grandmother. Those were moments that I can never forget.
Car, train, plane or bus? Which transportation do you prefer?
I have used many different forms of transportation. However, my preferred transportation method is by plane.
The faster I can get to my destination, the better!
You traveled to numerous countries, do you have any favorites and why?
My favorite destination so far is Maui, Hawaii.
It’s a place that I hold dearly close to my heart for two reasons. First of all, as a teenager growing up, I wanted to move to Hawaii and experience the island feel and culture. Second of all, it’s the place where I spent my honeymoon
Tell us a funny event that happened during your travels.
One of the funniest while traveling was when my husband and I made believe that we were in the Amazing Race! We had been delayed leaving Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and had to make our connection to back home to Tampa through Miami. By the time we landed and disembarked from the plane, we literally had 45 minutes to go through Customs and then catch our flight to Tampa which was on the other side of the airport!
Anyone who has flown international into Miami knows how crazy and busy Customs is. We were running with Flip Flops on and back packs strapped to us! We arrived at our gate totally out of breath and the last to board the plane. We could not stop laughing
What has been the best travel advice you were ever given?
The best travel advice I’ve been given is to always keep an open mind and be patient. Travel at your own pace and be aware of your surroundings.
Do you have any travel plans for 2014?
Yes! I am super excited to be planning a trip for this year. I will share the details once I have confirmed travel itinerary and final destination, as right now I have two places that I would love to visit and can’t make up my mind.
What is your favorite travel quote?
I have a few favorite travel quotes but the one that inspires me the most is:
“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener
How can we contact or follow you online?
You can follow me on these Social Media Channels:
Thank you so much Ruthie for taking the time to talk to us at Traveller Soul!
We wish you all the best and many Happy Travels