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 and Mike has a twice-monthly blog at Perceptive Travel.

As well as travel, Mike writes about drinks, especially spirits. He runs his own website devoted to vodka, The Vodka Guy, 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

Eat in the Art of Amsterdam

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2015 | (19:13)

In the Scheepvaart Museum

In most places you drink in the sights but in Amsterdam you should plan to eat in them. If time is tight then instead of heading from museum to restaurant, dine at the museum. 'The...

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A Taste of Orkney

(2) Comments | Posted 29 September 2015 | (13:44)


In a concrete hut in the shadow of the Neolithic standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar on Orkney is a stuffed fish. No ordinary fish, though, as it was the record trout then caught in British waters and weighed 29lb...

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Boulder Cocktails With the Bar Tzar

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (12:38)

All Photos of Griffin Farro (c) Douglas Brown

With 20 breweries, six wineries and four distilleries, the city of Boulder in Colorado is definitely worth a drink-lover's detour. In a state that's more associated with beer - the world's biggest brewery, Coors,...

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Blind Vodka Tasting

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2015 | (13:33)


It's a moment to dread: a blind vodka tasting. I'm no novice at tasting vodkas, but always in the comfort of my own home, and knowing what the vodkas are. Some wine writers will not do blind tastings...

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Ten Top Things to Do in Taos

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2015 | (13:24)


The Sangre de Cristo Mountains around Taos

For a small town of fewer than 6,000 people, there's a lot to do in Taos, New Mexico. Attractions range from the ancient Pueblo of Native American dwellings to futuristic Earthship homes. For...

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Art Walk in Paradise Valley

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2015 | (15:59)


As we walked from the reception to our room, we realised we were walking through an outdoor art gallery. I was staying at the Hermosa Inn in Phoenix's Paradise Valley to interview their star bartender, Travis Nass, and...

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The Train They Never Robbed

(2) Comments | Posted 1 July 2015 | (15:24)


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 | (19:37)

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 25 June 2015 | (00:27)

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 | (17:37)


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 | (17:48)


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 | (21:01)

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 | (15:21)

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 | (10:51)

'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 | (11:58)

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 | (17:31)


'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 | (09:55)

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 | (12:05)


'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 | (19:55)

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 | (13:03)


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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