Hi, I'm Mike Pickup - welcome to my website.
I write travel features for numerous consumer-focussed newspapers and magazines as well as travel trade publications. I cover all forms of travel including ocean and river cruising.
In addition I was professionally trained as a photographer and supply hi-res images to the publications I write for. Some of my images are also used by tourists boards.
I had over 100 features published in print in 2016, plus many more on line. There are more details and downloadable clips on the next page. A
But my life wasn't always about travel writing. I've had a successful career as an innovator in consumer services as well as running a travel agency
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.
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, something I enjoy more than anything else.
As well as writing for many publications I also edit The Holiday Magazine which attracts contributions from great writers around the world.