Hi, I'm Mike Pickup - welcome to my website.
My life totally revolves around the travel industry 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 on applications for the first ever smart phone then developed the first smart TV capable of accessing websites and sending and receiving emails which I demonstrated 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 ran that successfully until deciding to devote my time to travel writing. It was very useful experience and gave me an excellent insight into the travel trade, enabling me to write for trade as well as consumer magazines.
I now write travel features for a number of national, regional and trade magazines and newspapers and have been published in over 35 titles within the last twelve months.
In addition I was professionally trained as a photographer and supply images to many of the publications I write for. Some of my images are also used by tourists boards.
In addition I edit The Holiday Magazine which has attracted contributions from great writers around the world. There's a link on the right of this page.