Mike Gerrard
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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

Top Ten US Driving Tips

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2016 | (14:16)

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The US Road Trip is for many people - including many Americans - the dream holiday. It's the freedom of the road, the ability to stop or move on, a chance to see the country's breath-taking scenery and cross its...

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Amsterdam's Cool New Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2016 | (16:40)

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On one side of the block you have the familiar sight of Amsterdammers tying up their bicycles as they go into the Albert Heijn supermarket, which is only across the street from the Royal Palace on Dam Square. It's like having...

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The Bacon Roll Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2016 | (11:43)

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I never knew whisky could be so much fun. The previous afternoon I was pairing whisky with chocolate truffles, and now here it is, 11 o'clock in the morning, and I'm with a small group trying to...

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Blending Like a Master

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2016 | (13:51)

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It was at the Cardhu Distillery, a few miles outside Aberlour on Speyside, that I really began to appreciate the skills of the Scottish whisky blender. You can visit Cardhu all year round, but only during the wonderful...

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A Scream of a Place in Edinburgh

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2016 | (08:42)

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I'd never encountered a Tangophone before, and that's because the one at the 2 Cambridge Street apartment in Edinburgh is the only one in the world. We'd just arrived in Edinburgh for the start of one of the lesser-known festivals...

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Staying With the Volks in Amsterdam

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2015 | (11:43)

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Next time we want to stay in Johnny Jukebox. Or perhaps the White Bike Room. That would be very Amsterdam. Or maybe Danny the Deer, the room designed by the Volkshotel's toilet attendant (and gadget designer) Eva van...

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Birthplace of the Blues

(1) Comments | Posted 16 December 2015 | (18:07)

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BB King called this the birthplace of the blues, and that's good enough for me. I'm at Dockery Farms, just off Highway 61 in Mississippi. It's a beautiful autumn day, the grass damp from the morning's light frost and the blue...

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Memphis's Top Ten Music Sites

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (12:04)

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With two new Hall of Fame museums opening in Memphis in 2015 - the Memphis Music Hall of Fame (above) and the Blues Hall of Fame - Memphis now has even more music attractions to entertain the music-mad visitor.

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Serenity in Scotland

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2015 | (10:47)

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'I often see porpoises when I walk my dog in the morning,' said our waiter. 'They come chasing the mackerel, it's quite something to see.'

We were on our way to a whisky weekend in Scotland's Speyside, and the Bay Hotel...

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The Big Easy Bike Ride

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (16:23)

'Most visitors never get out here to see this,' says our bike tour leader Ben Maddocks, 'but it really is one of the city's hidden gems. We're only about four miles from the French Quarter, and you can also take the streetcar that drops you right outside the entrance.'

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Eat in the Art of Amsterdam

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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