Mike Gerrard
Mike Gerrard is a travel writer who has won many awards for his work, including Online Travel Writer of the Year. He was also chosen as one of the Press Gazette’s 50 Most Influential Travel Journalists in the UK. He has worked for National Geographic, American Express, The Times, The AA, Dorling Kindersley, Thomas Cook, Insight Guides, Michelin, and many more. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he has written over 30 guidebooks. He has also written three radio plays for the BBC, published a collection of his travel writing, and written a crime novel.

Mike also writes extensively online, and with his wife Donna Dailey now publishes and writes four travel websites of his own: Pacific Coast Highway Travel, Beyond London Travel, Greece Travel Secrets and Tunisia Travel Planner. Mike and Donna also write, photograph and publish their own Beyond Travel guides.

As well as travel, Mike writes about drinks, especially spirits. He runs his own website devoted to vodka, The Vodka Guy, and is an Editorial Staff Writer on Chilled Magazine.

Mike and Donna divide their time between their homes in Cambridgeshire in the UK and south of Tucson in Arizona. They write a great deal about the USA, and are co-editors of the 101 USA Holidays website.

Entries by Mike Gerrard

The Train They Never Robbed

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2015 | (14:24)


The noise of a train whistle blowing in the night is one of the most evocative sounds in America. It's a haunting sound that makes any traveller want to turn into a hobo, jump aboard, and go wherever the train...

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The USA's Ten Biggest and Best Roadside Attractions

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (18:37)

The USA wouldn't be the USA without a road trip, and a road trip's not a road trip unless you see one of the country's quirky roadside attractions. From the world's largest confederate flag (see it while you can, in Brandon, Florida) to the artichoke capital of the world (Castroville...

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Summer in the City

(1) Comments | Posted 24 June 2015 | (23:27)

You've been to the top of the Empire State Building, visited Central Park, gone to the Statue of Liberty, and seen Times Square. But there are plenty of other outdoor activities to help you enjoy New York's fine summer weather, day or night. Here are five fun outdoor things you...

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Where Is My Large Intestine?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (16:37)


The world has its share of funny place names, from Condom in France to Worms in Germany, though often they gain in translation. But when it comes to English-language names that make you laugh out loud or scratch your head, the...

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Kentucky: Beyond the Bourbon

(2) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (16:48)


What Kentucky is Famous for: Bourbon
Photo by Mike Gerrard

Say 'Kentucky' in a word-association test and the response would probably be 'bourbon', with 'derby' in second place. But Kentucky has an impressive and eclectic range of visitor attractions, way...

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Selma and Other Civil Rights Sites

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (20:01)

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jnr in Selma (Photo © Paramount Pictures)

It's about 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, and it's 50 years this year since civil rights supporters made that walk three times. The...

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Off the Strip in Las Vegas

(0) Comments | Posted 29 December 2014 | (14:21)

My brother designs gaming machines and thanks to him I can hand out one or two pieces of advice about gambling in Las Vegas.

First, local laws dictate that the slots at the airport pay out less frequently than the ones on the...

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Gin's Cool at Gin School

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2014 | (09:51)

'The only real disaster we've had on our courses,' says Master Distiller Jamie Baxter, 'is when someone put a whole star anise in. It tasted like ouzo.'

What it should have tasted like is gin, as I'm at Baxter's Gin School, which he runs regularly at his distillery,

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Top Ten US Distillery Visits

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2014 | (10:58)

Bourbon is booming. New craft distilleries seem to be opening every week. Many of them cater for tourists as well as spirits aficionados, giving the visitor chance to see behind the scenes and to buy samples of spirits they may not be able to find in the stores.

If you're...

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The Beatles Slept Here

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2014 | (16:31)


'I never asked for autographs when I was photographing celebrities,' Fraser Ballantyne tells me, 'as it seemed unprofessional, but I did on this occasion.' Ballantyne was a staff photographer for almost 40 years on Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, and 'this occasion' was when...

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Barging With Fingal

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2014 | (08:55)

Fingal is a slow mover but then he is 85 years old. Fingal is a Belgian barge that somehow ended up rusting in the Corpach boat yard in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, the south-western end of the Caledonian Canal. There Fingal was spotted by Martin Balcombe, who was...

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No Stopping on a Chicago Architecture Tour

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (11:05)


'Beyond the trolley bus you'll see a sign that says No Stopping No Standing. That's where we'll stop and stand.'

The guide on our architectural tour of Chicago's historic downtown, Cindy Schneider, has a way with words. Cindy is one of the 450...

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In Haggis Heaven

(0) Comments | Posted 25 October 2014 | (18:55)

Sometimes it's the little things. As a regular and often weary traveller, what I really don't want to do when I get into a hotel room is go crawling around on the floor, reaching behind desks and following lamp cables behind chairs... all...
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The Loch Ness Inn

(1) Comments | Posted 19 October 2014 | (12:03)


Haggis Bobotie? What on earth is Haggis Bobotie? First of all it helps if you pronounce it right. It sounded to me like some Scottish delicacy I'd missed out on, as I was pronouncing it like Bobbity. The right way to say it...

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Of Castles and Cottages

(0) Comments | Posted 18 October 2014 | (14:14)


English whisky? We are in Scotland, right? To be precise we're at the Roxburghe Hotel, a country house hotel near Kelso and checking the bar menu for a drink before dinner. And there it is... an English whisky. And a Scottish vodka, a...

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Jesmond Dene House

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2014 | (11:30)


In October 2014 Jesmond Dene House (above) in Newcastle was chosen by the Good Hotel Guide 2015 as one of the best boutique city hotels in the UK. Having stayed there in September, I'm not at all surprised.


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Ten Historic US Hotels

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2014 | (14:33)

From Southern plantation homes to buildings that feature on city tours,
there are US hotels that are definitely places to see as well as to stay in.

The Burnham Hotel in Chicago

Hotel Burnham

Standing on State Street, 'that great street', the...

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A Religious Approach to Riesling

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (13:00)

Mike Gerrard visits Eberbach Abbey in the Rheingau region of Germany,
which produces some of the best Rieslings in the country.

Eberbach Monastery

'If you left the monastery you were ex-communicated, your family would not take you back and you lived with the...

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Following Gin to Its Source

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (10:03)

Author Mike Gerrard heads to the west coast of Iceland
to check out the water source of his favourite gin


All photos by Kristinn Magnusson, (c) Martin Miller's Gin

Rain that fell on Iceland anything from 500-1000 years ago is only now being...

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On the Tennessee Whiskey Trail

(1) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (18:29)

The George Dickel Distillery in Cascade Hollow, Tennessee

Heading to the Southern USA in pursuit of distilleries to visit, it's easy to get confused. And that's before you've even had a drink. American bourbon and whiskey are different. Bourbon doesn't have to be made...

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