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Mike Gerrard
TRAVEL WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER







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My latest guidebooks

Insight Guides Explore Miami, by Mike Gerrard
Insight Guides
Explore Miami

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Paris, by Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey
DK Eyewitness
Top 10 Paris

 

 

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I am a full-time travel writer, contributing to newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK and worldwide. In addition I've written many guidebooks, one podcast, three radio plays and two novels.

I publish several travel websites: Pacific Coast Highway Travel, Greece Travel Secrets and Tunisia Travel Planner. I write regularly for The Huffington Post and am co-editor, with my wife Donna Dailey, of the 101 USA Holidays website.

I write a lot about the USA, Greece, Amsterdam and also about music. You can see many samples of my travel features on the Travel page of my own website.

I also write about drinks, especially spirits and beer. I am an Editorial Staff Writer for the US drinks magazine Chilled, for which I have written many cover stories. You can read more about my drinks writing and see many samples of my work on the Drink page of my own website. I publish one website devoted to vodka, The Vodka Guy, and another combining my love of travel and spirits, Travel Distilled. I'm a member of The Society of Authors, The British Guild of Beer Writers and The Guild of Food Writers.

We split our time between our homes in Cambridgeshire in England and near Tucson in Arizona.

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My awards include the AITO Online Travel Writer of the Year, a Travelex Award, a BGTW Award, two Awards for Excellence from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, a Benjamin Franklin Award in the USA for a guidebook to Paris, and being chosen by the Press Gazette as one of the 50 Most Influential Travel Journalists in the UK.

I have written, updated or contributed to over 40 guidebooks, especially on Greece, France, the USA and Amsterdam, for publishers including National Geographic, Fodor's, AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, New Holland, Insight, Moon Handbooks and many more.

 


 

ARTICLES

I have written for magazines and newspapers worldwide, including The Times, The Washington Post and The Sydney Morning Herald. I write regularly for the Singapore Airlines magazine, Priority, for their first and business class passengers. I have also written for numerous websites.

EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

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PICTURES

I take photos for many of my own guidebooks and travel pieces. My work has appeared in The Times, The Express, Wanderlust, CNN Traveller, Time Out and many other publications. As well as illustrating my own guidebooks, my pictures have been used in other guides, for example the front cover of the Bradt Guide to Lithuania.

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BOOKS

My guidebooks have been published by National Geographic, Fodor's, AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, New Holland, Insight, Moon Handbooks and many more.

My wife and I publish our own travel guides and these currently include best-selling guides to Corfu, Tunisia, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Toulouse, The Ten Best Day Trips from London, Amsterdam, and an annual guide to Pacific Coast Highway Hotels
. I have also co-written and published a guide to London pubs: Around the Tube in 80 Pubs.

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AWARDS

I have won several awards for writing and photography:

One of the Press Gazette’s 50 Most Influential Travel Journalists in the UK;

AITO Online Travel Writer of the Year;

A Travelex Award for a feature on Yangshuo in China, published in Time Out;

An award from the British Guild of Travel Writers for a feature about a taxi tour of Belfast, published in The Independent on Sunday;

Two Awards for Excellence from the Outdoor Writers' Guild, one for a feature on Madeira in The Independent on Sunday, the other for photojournalism for an illustrated feature about self-sufficiency in Ireland published in The European;

A Benjamin Franklin Award from the Publishers Association in the USA, for a guide to Paris.

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SPECIALITIES

Greece; Paris and the South of France; Amsterdam; the USA (especially the west coast and southwest USA); food and drink; the UK and Ireland; guidebooks; writing for the internet.

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TO CONTACT ME

In summer I'm based in Cambridgeshire in the UK, and then in the winter migrate to Arizona in the USA, where I have a Green Card and a home near Tucson. I can always be contacted by email.

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BY MIKE GERRARD -
EXAMPLES OF PUBLISHED WORK

Seeing stars in Mississippi

A friend of mine was driving on the back roads of Mississippi recently, heading for Elvis’s birthplace at Tupelo. She got lost and stopped to ask directions at a gas station. The owner was having trouble with her English accent, so he went inside to get his buddy. The buddy came out. It was Clint Eastwood. ...
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On the Watercress Trail

"'Ere's yer salory and watercreases!" That, according to Peter Ackroyd's London, is what the street sellers of the capital used to cry when watercress was the medieval version of fast food, sold in bunches for people to nibble as they walked along. What spinach was to Popeye, watercress was to soldiers in ancient Greece where the general Xenophon used to feed it to his soldiers as a tonic. The herbalist Culpepper reckoned it was good for cleansing the blood, and Liz Hurley says she has six bowls of watercress soup a day to help keep her looks. ...
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A Passion for Pétanque

To most people pétanque is just a load of boules, a game you see Frenchmen play on bumpy bone-dry pitches, usually with a glass of pastis not far away. In fact some 17 million French people (men and women) play pétanque, particularly in Provence where it was invented 100 years ago this year, in a village called La Ciotat near Marseille. ...
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Some earlier titles

AA Spiral Crete - click to find this book on amazon.co.uk

 

 

Time for Food: Venice - click to find this book on amazon.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Gerrard receives his Travelex Award from the BBC's Martyn Lewis (left) and Travelex Chief Executive Lloyd Dorfman

 


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