Welcome to Rome by the Hour! We are so glad that you made it to our travel, life, and style blog.
Who we are
We are Ruth and Tyler, a couple of newlyweds and amateur travelers who are doing our best to see the world while balancing the day-to-day of our “real life.”
I (Ruth) do most of the writing and editing around here. In addition to writing (and travel, obviously), I love reading, working out, watching NFL football, and taking care of my loved ones in a borderline obnoxious way.
Tyler takes most of our photos and helps a ton on the business side of the blog and technical side of the website. He’s passionate about entrepreneurship, business, fitness, and going to shockingly extreme lengths to make me laugh.
Tyler and I met in college and were friends for four years before we started dating our senior year (maybe we’ll share the whole story here someday). We graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2014 made our way to the Silicon Valley before getting married in 2015.
We quickly found ourselves restless and smothered by the traffic-inundated and work-obsessed culture of the Bay Area. We spent most of our weekends escaping the hustle and bustle and stayed up way too late most nights scheming and planning our next big adventure.
Though we both have always had the bug, we LOVED traveling together. And after a couple of years of exploring and several months of brainstorming, we launched Rome by the Hour in early 2017.
We used the creative outlet of the blog to keep ourselves sane from our day jobs. And we have had so much fun documenting our travels and sharing what we’ve learned along the way. (more on that below).
After four years of Bay Area living, we recently relocated to San Diego and had a baby! Leave it to us to squeeze in multiple life changes in the span of a month or two. We’ve been very busy (but happily) adjusting to our new life with Charlotte and have been falling in love with our corner of North San Diego County.
As our lives have evolved, the blog has too. We have started to post more about our day-to-day on Rome by the Hour. While travel is our absolute favorite thing (and the cornerstone of the RBTH), we’ve started to share more about the things that we care about and that are consuming our days lately: business and entrepreneurship, health and wellness, navigating parenthood (help!), and living with more intention.
Why we started Rome by the Hour
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 (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.
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 Rome by the Hour 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.
Check out our travel guides and resources, let us know how we’re doing, and make sure to follow along on Instagram!