Mike GerrardMike Gerrard has been an avid traveler, long before travel writing became his career. He has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, and as well as writing travel features for websites and publications worldwide, he has written three radio plays for the BBC, a podcast for American Express, a crime novel, over 40 guidebooks, and a collection of his travel writing: Snakes Alive. He has also presented a BBC radio documentary about the life of a local tour guide in Luxor, Egypt.

Mike’s travel writing awards include an award from the British Guild of Travel Writers, two awards from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, and a Benjamin Franklin Award for a guidebook to Paris. In addition he was chosen by the Press Gazette as one of the “50 Most Influential Travel Journalists in the UK,” and a piece about a Magic Bus tour in San Francisco won him an award as AITO’s Online Travel Writer of the Year.

Mike also writes about drinks, especially spirits, and is an Editorial Staff Writer on Chilled Magazine. He has written many cover stories for them, and contributes regularly to their online magazine. He writes about both drink and travel on his Huffington Post blog, and publishes two drinks websites: The Vodka Guy and Travel Distilled.

Married to the travel writer and photographer Donna Dailey, Mike and Donna divide their time between Cambridgeshire in England and a home near Tucson in Arizona. Together and individually they have written numerous guidebooks for publishers including National Geographic, Dorling Kindersley, Insight Guides, Fodor’s, AA Publishing, Berlitz, and many more. They now publish their own ebook series, the Beyond Travel Guides.

Mike and Donna also publish several travel websites: Pacific Coast Highway Travel, Beyond London Travel, and Greece Travel Secrets. They are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website.