Hi, I'm Mike Pickup - welcome to my website.
My life totally revolves around writing and the travel industry. I write about travel for newspapers, magazines and travel trade publications and have had over 70 print features published in the last year. There are more details and downloadable clips on the next page.
But it wasn't always that way.
I've had a successful career as an innovator in consumer services.
I brought Home Banking to Europe in 1985, worked in New York with AT&T on applications for the first ever smart phone then developed the first smart TV, capable of accessing websites and sending and receiving emails. I demonstrated this as long ago as 1997.
I also helped create and launch pre-paid debit cards which are now often used as a replacement for travellers cheques.
There's only so much innovation one guy can take so I set up a travel agency and put together bespoke holiday packages for thousands of clients. It was very useful experience and gave me an excellent insight into all aspects of the travel industry, enabling me to write for trade as well as consumer titles.
I now write travel features for a number of newspapers and magazines as well as trade publications. I cover all forms of travel and have a specialist knowledge of ocean and river cruising.
In addition I was professionally trained as a photographer and supply images to the publications I write for. Some of my images are also used by tourists boards.
I also edit The Holiday Magazine which has attracted great writers around the world. There's a link on the right of this page.