Boulevards & Byways

Award-winning travel blog introduces readers to transformative travel experiences and off the beaten path adventures.

Welcome to Boulevards & Byways

Boulevards & Byways – Inspiring Others to take the road less traveled.

Welcome to Boulevards & Byways, a travel blog inspiring others to take the road less traveled, to find the uniqueness in every place visited, and to journey off the beaten path. 

Sandy Ruyack is the owner and writer of the popular and award-winning adventure travel blog, Boulevards and Byways. Her stories and photographs reflect her love of travel to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as she introduces readers to off the beaten path destinations and provides travel tips, guides, and vacation inspiration. Through transformative travel experiences, she encourages readers to step out of their comfort zones and take the road less traveled. Boulevards and Byways provides content for an array of hotels, tour companies, and travel publications.

On the agency side, her company Write Choice Marketing, LLC a direct response marketing, and digital/social media/online management firm–within the travel industry and nonprofit sectors–provides account management and content for some of the best brands and charities. As a nonprofit direct response expert and writer for some of the largest fundraising organizations in the United States, she uses her years of expertise to execute strategic plans for a nonprofit organization’s online and direct mail appeals, and assists in travel industry growth and monetization through engaging content strategy and storytelling.

Award-winning travel blog introduces readers to transformative travel experiences and off the beaten path adventures. How it Started:

 

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My dad and I at our cousin’s farm in Syracuse, New York.

My interest in travel started with my dad taking me on family car rides to petting zoos, state fairs, historic landmarks, and our cousin’s farm in upstate New York.  We never traveled any further than a day’s ride away, and oftentimes he didn’t take the main highways but journeyed on side roads and byways instead –  the road less traveled. Never the less, it was always a new and exciting adventure – me in the back seat following along with a paper map, my face pressed against the window.  A quick stop at local roadside eateries always resulted in the tastiest food.

Boulevards & Byways Award-winning travel blog introduces readers to transformative travel experiences and off the beaten path adventures. Where I’ve Been:

The beautiful architecture of Paris.

As I became older, my trips took me further away: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Paris, Toulouse, Madrid, Barcelona, Cork, Kerry, throughout the Caribbean, and Italy. They consisted of whirlwind itineraries, lengthy timetables, and always a side trip to something “off the beaten path.”  I’d immerse myself in learning about and visiting almost every major attraction in each city I visited.  I would take away a deep appreciation and respect of the culture, history, and food which uniquely defined the people of each particular area.  It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

Did you know Old San Juan in Puerto Rico has gorgeous architecture? Look at those colors! Read my blog post to find out why the cobblestones are blue.

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to several Caribbean islands as well as Central America.  While it might be 20 degrees in my hometown of New York, – it’s “80 degrees somewhere,” and that has become my mantra – and my reason to visit warm weather locations.  Costa Rica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Roatan, Belize, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. John, and the British West Indies filled my weeks.  I replaced my hefty itineraries with simple lists of things to do and see.

 
 
 
 
Boulevards & Byways Award-winning travel blog introduces readers to transformative travel experiences and off the beaten path adventures. 

This blog has a big focus on my journeys through my favorite Caribbean island, Puerto Rico. It’s a place where both Boulevards (main roads) and Byways (back roads) have steered me towards 15th-century history, hiking trails through caves, salsa dancing in the streets, and mouthwatering lechon in the central hills of the island. I keep going back for more as every road leads to something new.

Whether by plane, car, bus, train, or boat, if you call yourself a traveler, a wanderer, an adventurer, or a roamer, this blog is for you.

It doesn’t matter whether you go to a petting zoo or the Louvre in Paris.  What matters is taking a risk, the “road less traveled.”  It often leads to the biggest rewards. Perhaps my stories will inspire you to go “off the beaten path” and embark on your own travel adventure.  Puerto Rico is a great first place to start.

Thank you for visiting my Blog. Click here to go my blog link to read about my travel adventures. 

Boulevards & Byways Award-winning travel blog introduces readers to transformative travel experiences and off the beaten path adventures. Send me a quick note to say “Hi”  (click here) and let me know about YOUR next adventure!

Thank you for visiting my blog,

Sandy Ruyack

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