More About the Author
I am a full-time travel writer, contributing to newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK and worldwide. My specialities are the USA< UK< France and Greece.
I also write about food and drink for the travel pages, covering vineyards in Greece and New Zealand, breweries in Belgium and Britain, restaurants in Paris, a chocolate shop in Lyon, the biggest wine cellar in the world (in Florida), interviewing an English sommelier in Paris, and sipping my way through the Champagne region of France, the distilleries of Cognac and the sherry bodegas of Jerez (no spitting). I invented the Time for Food series for Thomas Cook (purely so that I could go to places like Paris, Venice and Amsterdam and get paid for eating and drinking there).
I write specifically about spirits and have contributed to the US drinks magazine, Chilled, and publish my own website about vodka: http://the-vodka-guy.com.
Combining music and travel is another love: I have written pieces about Bob Marley, the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.
More exotic travels have taken me camel-trekking in the Sinai Desert (right), walking in the Great Rift Valley, learning to jive in Barcelona, looking for orang-utans in Sumatra, staying with a farming family in China and sampling a naturist holiday on Crete (photos available at a price).
I have also written or contributed to over 30 guidebooks, especially on Greece, France and the USA. In addition, I've written three radio plays for the BBC, presented a half-hour radio travel programme about Egypt, written fiction and humour for men's magazines, written a crime novel (Strip till Dead) and even written an erotic novel. I may be the only writer to have contributed both to Mayfair (I was in the same issue as Bill Bryson) and to The Baptist Times. Not to mention a few minutes of the UK's favourite TV soap, Coronation Street, when my father was a scriptwriter on the programme.
I also write regularly now for the internet. My wife Donna Dailey and I are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website (http://www.101holidays.co.uk/usa) and we also publish and write our own travel content websites about America's Pacific Coast Highway (http://www.Pacific-Coast-Highway-Travel.com), Beyond London Travel (http://www.beyond-london-travel.com), and about Greece (http://www.Greece-Travel-Secrets.com).
You can find out more about me and my current activities on my personal website, where I also interview travel writers and give travel writing advice: http://www.mikegerrard.net.