I am delighted to announce that I am now the Michigan Editor for the Wandering Educators travel website. In the future I will post my articles on the WE website instead of here on www.jkroyce.com. You can see them at:
The site will include new articles plus a compendium of past articles.
To introduce the compendium, we are using the photograph of Big Red, the Holland, Michigan, lighthouse. Gary Martin, a talented lighthouse photographer, has graciously allowed me to use his beautiful photos throughout my travel books and in the articles, I’ve written for Wandering Educators. For a visual feast, check out his website http://www.coastalbeacons.com.
Wandering Educators is a nationally recognized and top ranked travel website. Jessie Voigts describes her site as a travel library for people curious about the world: extraordinary travel destinations, fascinating people, and global artists and photographers. I am currently posting a series of articles about the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
For nearly five years, from 2008 to 2013, I wrote a monthly column for Wandering Educators, In 2013 I reached a milestone: I wrote my 50th article for Jessie Voigts. My relationship with her was a side benefit to two early travel guides I authored. Jessie somehow stumbled across Traveling Michigan’s Thumb and Traveling Michigan’s Sunset Coast and interviewed me for the new travel site she was launching. I became her first columnist/blogger (first as her Michigan Editor and then as her Travel Adventures Editor), and our relationship has endured.
Back when I started, I submitted articles to WE because it was a chance to write. Then I wrote for WE because I liked the website, and I liked Jessie. Eventually, I also wrote because it brought me perks. As a travel writer, my monthly columns for a well-respected travel site gave me credibility. In Australia, I got a free trip to the Great Barrier Reef in exchange for writing a column about it when I got home. I enjoyed a special-guided tour through the Australian Rainforest. I stayed a five-star luxury resort for the price of a Red Roof Inn.
At some point, my life circumstances changed and my travel article stint felt like it had run its course. I moved on to writing novels and pursuing other challenges.
In 2019, however, my interest returned to my home state of Michigan. I wanted to write another travel book to encourage Michigan tourism. What started as a one-book project grew into a three-book travel series. I spent several years traveling and researching Michigan’s coastlines. The result was Exploring Michigan’s Sunrise Coasts, Exploring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Coasts, and Exploring Michigan’s Sunset Coasts.
I had remained in contact with Jessie during the intervening years and asked if she’d like recent stories about Michigan. I had come full circle back to the Great Lakes and Jessie Voigts at Wandering Educators. Jessie liked the idea. Meeting Jessie Voigts was one of the happy coincidences of my life. If you’ve never visited Wandering Educators, I encourage you to do so.
I hope you enjoy my future articles about Michigan and that along the way, you are inspired to explore Michigan’s coastlines.
Let’s promote Michigan Travel.
My travel series is available on Amazon Books.