About Us

Hello, it’s nice to have you here on our blog! We’re Ruth and Andrew and together we run an.item.explores – Ruth more on the Instagram side and Andrew more on the writing side. We met in Durham, where we lived for 5 years, at university and have been ‘an item’ since 2016.

We’ve both always been curious about the world but we really developed a passion for travelling while we were on our year abroad – Andrew in Pamplona, Spain, and Ruth in Brussels, Belgium, and then Dortmund, Germany. It was while we were on a long train ride down the west of Germany in the summer of 2017 that we decided to start an Instagram page and our blog which we dedicated to travel.

Both our writing and photography skills have come a long way since then (thankfully!) and we now spend most of our spare time exploring the UK. We have recently moved to Tunbridge Wells in Kent and are enjoying the multitude of National Trust properties in South East England as well as being so close to London.

Ruth is a German/French to English translator and Andrew is currently writing up his MA thesis.

You can see more of our photos on our Instagram page if you’re interested!