About Me

Roving Jay New Logo 2012About Roving Jay

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I'm an English Expat who spent a couple of decades living in LA-LA land before leaving it all behind and going cold-turkey on all the modern conveniences and plethora of choice of Los Angeles to move to Bodrum, Turkey during the winter season to start a new life with Red, my knight in shining armour.

We've moved to the northern part of the Bodrum Peninsula, nestled between Gumusluk (the ancient city of Myndos) and Yalikavak

Roving: Definition of ROVE:  To wander about at random, especially over a wide area e.g. roam. 

What am I writing about?

Up until 5 years ago, I did creative writing in notebooks and took thousands of digital photos that only saw the inside of my trusted computer's hard drive. But after traveling to Turkey to buy a property, I started my first travel blog .. and now I maintain four different websites that cover different topics:

Let me introduce you to my Websites:

Roving Jay Website

ROVING JAY Nomadic Adventures in Wonderland HeaderRovingJay.com is my observations about:

  • Global travel adventures and musings, plus the joys of buying and managing a property in Turkey, and making the transition from a base in LA to one in Bodrum.
  • Plus random knowledge I've picked up about Website Design, online marketing and search engine optimization. I also write about our house sitting adventures, and share house sitting tips and expertise.

Jay Artale Website

Jay Artale Website HeaderJayArtale.com is my freelance website:

  • I'm a project manager specialising in social media and content management and I share insights and education about building your personal brand online. My preferred social networks are Twitter and Pinterest, and have a special interest in the travel and self-publishing niches.


Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide Website

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BodrumPeninsulaTravelGuide.co.uk is my main Bodrum Travel Website:

  • It covers all the towns and villages on the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey, and is aimed at encouraging independent travelers to get off the tourist track and discover the charm and beauty of the local area. This is also the showcase site for my Bodrum Travel Guide series.

Yalikavak Travel Website

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Yalikavak.co.uk is my secondary Bodrum Travel Guide website:

  • It covers a specific town, called Yalikavak, which is on the northern coastline of the Bodrum Peninsula. To be honest I hadn't intended to manage another Bodrum related site, but the URL became available and I jumped on the opportunity.

Birds of a Feather Press and Indie Author Collective

Birds of a Feather Press and Indie Author CollectiveBirdsofafeatherpress.com is my Indie Publishing Imprint & Author's Collective website:

  • As an evolution of my self-publishing journey I'm starting my own self-publishing imprint "Birds of a Feather Press" which also provides an opportunity for independent authors to band together under my "Birds of a Feather Author's Collective". Collaboration and integrity are key in self-publishing and this Birds banner offers both.
  • I'm already in discussions with authors eager to publish under this new indie imprint, and I'm accepting applications to join the Author Collective. Request your invitation here.

As well as being an avid blogger, I've also written and self-published two travel guides for Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula.

  • My Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide (an extensive review of all towns and villages on the Bodrum Peninsula.
  • My Gumusluk Travel Guide (an in-depth look at my favourite area of the Bodrum Peninsula)




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Want to be a Guest Blogger on Roving Jay Expat Adventures?

Guest Blog Guidelines

For anyone who wishes to be a Guest Blogger on my Expat Adventures blog, here’s some guidelines:

  1. Content must be pertinent to Expats, Global Digital Nomads and House Sitters or other related topics
  2. Content should comply to the “Blog with Integrity” Pledge
  3. End the blog post with a byline segment, including an introduction and (up to) 2 links to a website or social media source site

Other than those three guidelines… just bear in mind that the content needs to add value to the audience. 

Contact me via: rovingjay AT gmail.com


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  1. Simone

    Hi Roving Jay,

    I came across your great picture showing the colorful booth from the artist Juarez Fagundes in Sao Paolo regarding the ‘Call Parade”.
    I am writing for a companies’s magazine and one of the upcoming topics will be “connections of all kinds”. Do you think it would be possible to grant me the right to use the above mentioned picture of taken by you and if so, could you kindly provide it in high resolution?

    Many thanks for your kind feedback and wihsing you a good day,

    1. Roving Jay

      Yes absolutely… I’ll contact you via email and send you a hi-res version of the images.
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  2. Adam

    Hi Roving Jay,

    I loved your post on blogging and pajamas and how you talk about them going together. https://www.rovingjay.com/blogging-in-pajamas/ I was wondering if you’d be opened to a guest post about pajamas and sleepwear that are functional, fashionable and can easily be taken on travels because of their versatility being able to be used for multiple things.

    Please let me know if this is something you would be opened to.

    Thanks and great site!


  3. Joyce

    Dear Roving Jay,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Los Angeles, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks for contacting me Joyce .. I’ll follow up via email.
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  4. Liza Barton


    I was wondering if I can sponsor your site for a client of mine that is based in UK. It will be either about travels, holidays or city breaks.

    It really is simple work and of-course the ad copy is upon your approval. We will make sure it will fit you and your readers taste.

    Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you and looking forward to working with you.

    Liza Barton
    Web Outreach Team

    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks for the offer .. but the topic is a bit vague.

  5. Sean McGrath

    Hi Roving Jay, I am starting up a travel blog about my life growing up and living as an expat. Check out my blog about it and if you are interested feel free to use any of the posts as guest posts. Thanks, Sean

    1. Roving Jay

      Thanks for the offer Sean, but I don’t recycle content from other blogs to feature as guest blog posts. The content needs to be unique and shouldn’t have been published elsewhere. If you’d like to write a guest blog about being an expat — happy to feature it, if the topic is relevant to my audience.
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  6. Joyce


    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

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