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 started out in sales and marketing and I had great success in the office automation and telecommunications markets. This led me to get involved with a number of technical innovations including the first home banking systems, smartphones and smart TVs.
However, there is only so much innovation a guy can take so I set up a travel agency, creating tailor-made holidays for my clients, before taking up a successful career as a travel writer.
I write travel features for a number of national and regional magazines and newspapers plus a couple of influential online publications. I also edit an online holiday magazine which has attracted contributions from great writers around the world. There's a link on the right of this page.
In addition I was professionally trained as a photographer and supply images to many of the publications I write for
From time to time I am asked to use my in-depth knowledge of the travel industry to help overseas companies gain a larger share of the UK market.