Who We Are

We know, we know. Another travel blog written by privileged, white Americans.

Specifically, though, we are Tyler and Ruth, we are a couple of amatuer travelers/newlyweds learning to make the most of our time and money in each city we are lucky enough to set foot in.

We’ve all been there. You get off the train in a city you’ve never been, and suddenly your mind goes blank. You nervously shift your backpack straps up and wonder if anyone is staring at you. You’re disoriented, have no idea where your hotel is in (did you even book a hotel?), and your stomach is growling. You stumble across the street from the train station and stuff your face with some plastic, gimmicky cuisine, hail a cab, and pass out in your hotel for two hours. You spend the next day or two aimlessly wandering, the map from your hotel front desk crumpled in your hand, not knowing exactly what to see or do.

You get the idea.

If we are going to spend the money (and PTO) to go travel and explore somewhere, we want to maximize our time. Make every hour count.

We would love to say that we know every single great restaurant and sight to see in every city we’ve been to. We don’t. We would also love to say that we have completely immersed ourselves and assimilated into the cultures of the places that we’ve explored. We haven’t.

But that’s what this blog is about. We are doing our best to see and experience the very best of each place we go to. Sometimes we will, sometimes we won’t. But what’s the point of trial and error if you are the only ones learning from it?

The title of the blog is inspired by our honeymoon in Italy a couple of years ago. It was the first international trip we took together. We will never forget running through the streets of Rome and taking in the beauty of each turn, doing our best to make the most of each second we had.

Please learn from our successes and failures, and take them into consideration when planning your next big adventure.

And we promise to never use the word wanderlust.

Rome by the Hour About Us