About Sherry and Chris 

Sherry & Chris are looking out over Lake Michigan at Inn of Bay Harbor

About Us | By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming, especially when you're searching for a unique and memorable destination. You're tired of visiting the same tourist hotspots and you crave an experience that's off the beaten path.

You've scrolled through endless travel websites, but nothing seems to capture your imagination. The popular vacation spots are crowded and overpriced, while the lesser-known destinations lack the information and resources needed to plan a truly unforgettable trip.

Introducing your ultimate guide to Michigan travel, brought to you by authentic Michigan natives, Sherry and Chris! Our website is designed to help you uncover the hidden gems of the Great Lakes State, providing you with everything you need to create an amazing, one-of-a-kind vacation. From stunning natural wonders to vibrant cities and charming small towns, Michigan offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to all interests and budgets.

As locals, Sherry and Chris share their insider tips, and personalized itineraries, so you can craft the perfect Michigan getaway, tailored just for you. With their expert guidance, you'll be able to dive into the magic of Michigan like never before. So why wait? Start exploring and fall in love with the authentic charm of Michigan today!

Our Story

Chris and I met in 2000 while working at Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, MI. We were just friends for years until a mutual friend made it his sole mission in life to get us together! 

...AND IT WORKED! (Thanks, Dave!) We were married in 2008 and discovered that travel, photography and crazy adventures strengthened our relationship and gave us great things to do together. 

Over the last ten years we have lived in Houghton, Marquette, St. Joseph, Mt. Pleasant, Kalamazoo and currently in Midland, Michigan.  We are graduates of Northern Michigan University (Go Wildcats!) and Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!!).

Chris' passions include fast cars, airplanes and as a FAA part 107 rated drone pilot, he thrives on obtaining amazing videos and photography.  He has a strong technological background from his career is in aerospace.  Besides his Drone license he also holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate as well as an Inspection Authorization.  Chris also shares his time with his other passion, Corvettes.  His website, www.corvette-web-central.com is ranked within the top websites in the world.

Sherry has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad.  My degrees in Industrial Design and Fine Art launched careers involving aircraft design, website design, marketing, teaching, social media and photography. 

Why We Started Traveling Michigan (More About Us)

For three years I felt stuck with where my life was headed career-wise.  I spent years working at an art center teaching glass art while managing their marketing and social media departments.  I was also a wedding and social media photographer.  I adored what I did but wanted more.

Chris and I kept saying we needed to document our travel adventures and share our experiences with the world. 

While researching trip ideas I noticed big travel sites lacked the emotional and true life experiences in their posts. I wanted to hear how locations, experiences and people they met affected their lives or perspectives.  I wanted to hear about the gritty side of travel plus the beauty. 

I felt there was a missed opportunity of stories left untold, especially in Michigan.  I wanted to engage, inspire and empower travelers to visit Michigan as our state is absolutely stunning. 

And so, Traveling Michigan was launched! 

Going forward, we are working to capture moments, to try and portray how the people we meet and the experiences we share shape our outlook on life.  Chris and I work every day on ways to most effectively tell our stories. 

As we progress in our travel adventures and self discovery, we surely will evolve our writing styles as we continue to learn and grow.  We truly believe travel has the capability to change the course of lives and we can't wait to see where it leads.  And as always, it always leads back to the power of the story.

And So Our Adventures Began!

As Michigan-born travel junkies, we have spent over 365 days in hotels over the past four years while hiking, kayaking, biking, white water rafting and sightseeing within our great state. 

We love connecting travelers with great local businesses so your experiences in Michigan are awe-inspiring, enriching and well, freakin' awesome. 

Growing up on a farm and having parents with small businesses, we felt smaller local businesses needed a voice, a way to be discovered. We LOVE promoting Michigan and great local businesses!  

We hoped you learned a bit more about us!  

"We believe travel can change the course of one's life.  In the end, its power can only be shared with impactful stories that both engage and inspire." ~Sherry

Frankenmuth, MIFrankenmuth, MI

Please Note: Traveling Michigan is a private company promoting Michigan areas and businesses.  We are not associated with Pure Michigan, Michigan.org or its entities.  


"This photo makes us want to visit Michigan! Job well done! We feel inspired and happy. Thank you!"

~Florida Resident

"I'm honestly surprised how much variety Michigan has to offer after seeing your photos! Or in other words, you guys are doing an excellent job promoting Michigan, seriously!"


"I just moved to Midland a month ago from out of state.  Your account has been a FABULOUS source of adventures for me.  Thanks for making such an informative account!"


I'm honestly surprised how much variety Michigan has to offer after seeing your photos! Or in other words, you guys are doing an EXCELLENT job promoting Michigan, seriously!


"You two definitely know how to trans port to the destination with your pics!"


"Seriously, Michigan is gorgeous all year round! I'm excited to see where you go, then I'll get inspired to go places!"


"Because of your photography of Michigan, I am putting Tahquamenon Falls on my Bucket List!" 


"This sounds so cool! We love adventures like this! Keep them coming and keep up the great work!


"Just love your ideas for fun things to do especially since we love to vacation in your beautiful state!"


"Great site! I will recommend this site to all who ask. I am looking forward to your newsletter and thanks again for such a great site."


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Our Words of Wisdom: “Never follow anyone else’s path. Unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means follow that path.”

"Sherry & Chris"

We're Sherry and Chris the founders of one of Michigan's most comprehensive and Top Travel Blogs!

    Sherry Trautman is a seasoned business owner and a multifaceted content creator, deeply entrenched in the world of travel in Michigan. With her extensive background in writing, editing, photography, marketing, website design, web mastering, social media, and publishing, she is the driving force behind the acclaimed Michigan Travel site "Travel-mi.com." A lifelong Michigander, Sherry's journey began in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan led her to St. Joseph during her formative years, and further to Kalamazoo for her higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Fine Art from Western Michigan University. Her career initially blossomed in Battle Creek, where she contributed significantly to aviation, marketing, and the art industry.

    In 2018, Sherry, alongside her husband Chris, embarked on a passionate endeavor with the inception of Travel-MI.com. This venture was not just a business but a full-time commitment to exploring and celebrating the diverse landscapes and communities of Michigan. Together, they tirelessly traverse the state, curating unique experiences, capturing stunning visuals, and weaving engaging narratives that showcase Michigan's rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty. From her early experiences in different Michigander locales to her extensive professional background, Sherry's life and work epitomize a deep-rooted expertise in Michigan travel, making her an authoritative voice in this niche.

Sherry & Chris are at the Inn at Bay Harbor and looking out at the lake.
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