“One of the biggest misconceptions about traveling to the Caribbean is that everyone wants to go to the beaches, but there is more than just beaches; you can also explore the history of the area,” says Andrew King
Aurora writer Andrew King gave readers the travel bug last fall with his first book, A Visual Journey to Alaska.
In doing so, King discovered his own mistake – the typo – and is back this spring with another visual journey, this time to the sunny climes of the Caribbean.
A Visual Journey to the Caribbean, King’s second travel book, is now available on Amazon and features his personal journey through the islands, as well as breathtaking shots of landmarks and natural wonders, and travel tips.
“With my first book, everyone loved the images and the dialogue and made people want to travel after the pandemic ended,” says King. “With a trip to the Caribbean I wanted to show something different that you don’t always see: new landscapes, new places, bright colors.”
King first traveled to the Caribbean on a family cruise about six years ago. They left Florida and visited the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, and the Mexican coast.
“It was just amazing to see these scenic areas, the greens in the trees, the real difference in the blue of the water,” says King. “I wanted to show the amazing places you will see, the different people you will meet, the food you will eat – it was like a whole new life experience.”
Some of the most popular places he’s visited so far include the resorts, public art, and the majestic homes of Nassau, Bahamas, and the Mayan ruins of Central America.
“One of the biggest misconceptions about traveling to the Caribbean is that everyone wants to go to the beaches, but there is more than just beaches; you can also explore the history of the area.”
King never thought he would be publishing books in his future.
As a student of Dr. GW Williams Secondary School, he struggled with work, struggled with fear and wanted to be somewhere other than the classroom. Getting out and seeing the world did nothing but broaden his horizons and help him “get through the rough spots”.
In addition to Alaska and the Caribbean, he traveled through Italy, Malta, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and crossed the Atlantic.
Once the pandemic is over, he hopes to explore more of Europe – and he also hopes that his books will encourage people to set their own travel destinations once some sort of normalcy returns.
“I just want people to feel better during this difficult time we are in right now and give people something to look forward to,” he says. “I’m really looking forward to getting on a cruise ship again and seeing the world. If everything can work out by next year, I will do a lot more of Europe. “
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Brock Weir is a federally funded reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative at Auroran