Ruth Clark

Freelance Travel + Wellness Writer

Ruth Clark is a solo world traveler, writer, empath, artist, and teacher. Her most recent essays have been featured in Modern Trekker, HelloGiggles, and Women's Agenda, as well as within her own business, Ruth Clark Creative. Her work focuses on travel, wellness, and authentic living.

Ruth earned a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, with minor degrees in Sociology and International Studies. In addition to freelance writing, she is an ESL teacher, hand lettering designer, and amateur photographer. With a passion for exploration and human connection, Ruth is currently exploring the U.S. and discovering where she calls home.

Stage four endometriosis forced me to learn to take care of myself

When I was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis in my early 20s, I'd never heard of the disease and didn't know what it was like to be unhealthy. Managing my pain forced me to become responsible for my health in a way I'd never needed before.

Modern Trekker
Train Travel in Myanmar: What I Wish I'd Known - Modern Trekker

The taxi rumbled over the bumpy, dirt roads of Bagan as we navigated towards the train station. My stomach flip-flopped a bit as I anticipated the journey ahead-a seven-hour train ride across Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country that had made headlines for its former military dictatorship and recent ongoing genocide.
Are we telling our children it's OK to be racist?

It feels hard to believe that any student who willingly paints their face to resemble dark skin and large lips and shares it on social media along with a very obvious racial slur - privately or not - would not understand the offense of such an act.

Modern Trekker
How Staying In Airbnbs Renews My Faith In Humanity

The first time I ever stayed in an Airbnb, I booked a place that had zero reviews. It was a new listing in the middle of the high desert in California, and even though the owner looked sweet and kind in her photo, I booked it with a tinge of hesitation, praying that she wasn't an ax murderer.

Modern Trekker
Hiking Into The Clouds With The Hill Tribes Of Vietnam - Modern Trekker

When I was trying to decide which Southeast Asian country to make my new home for a year while I taught English abroad, I thought I'd be lured in by Thailand-turquoise beaches, tourist-friendly cities, endless golden buddhas, and one-dollar green curries. So many ESL teachers end up in Thailand, and I thought I'd be one of them.

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