Donna Dailey writes on travel for newspapers and magazines worldwide, and for websites. Her work has won several prestigious travel writing awards, and she was runner-up as the British Guild of Travel Writers' Travel Writer of the Year. She has also written or contributed to over 40 guidebooks for major travel publishers, including some with her husband Mike Gerrard. Between them, the two also write and publish the Greece Travel Secrets website, and another to the best drive in the world, the Pacific Coast Highway.
Donna's travels have taken her down the Rio San Juan into Nicaragua’s rain forest, across the Australian Outback, to ancient sites in Jordan and Tunisia, and to the game reserves of Kenya. She has hiked across the Rockies and the desert canyons of the American Southwest, and joined in music sessions in the pubs of Ireland and Scotland. Her appetite for food and drink stories has had her eating buffalo in Denver and billy goat in the Loire Valley, sipping sherry in Spain’s bodegas, and taken her from the gourmet restaurants of Paris to Valencia in search of the perfect paella.
Donna has a Journalism degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She speaks basic Spanish. Before moving to London she worked for US publications and in television. She has been a freelance travel writer and photographer since 1993, and has worked as a Managing Editor for Insight Guides.
Mike Gerrard writes on travel for newspapers, magazines and websites in the UK and worldwide. He has won awards for his writing and photojournalism, as well as a Benjamin Franklin Best Guidebook Award for a guidebook on Paris. He has also written or contributed to over 40 guidebooks for major travel publishers, including some with his wife Donna Dailey.
Mike loves writing about food and drink for the travel pages, and has visited vineyards in France, Greece, New Zealand and even Arizona, has toured breweries in Belgium and Britain, restaurants in Paris, a chocolate shop in Lyon, the Champagne region of France and the sherry bodegas of Jerez. He worked for a week as a waiter in a taverna in the Greek islands, and as a result he now leaves bigger tips.
Mike's more exotic travels have taken him camel-trekking in the Sinai Desert, walking in the Great Rift Valley of Tanzania to raise money for charity, learning to jive in Barcelona, looking for orang-utans in the rain forests of Sumatra and staying with a farming family in China.
Dec 26, 16 03:03 AM
Beyond London Travel visits Floors Castle near Kelso in the Scottish Borders, family home of the Duke of Roxburghe and one of VisitScotland's 5-star visitor attractions, a Scottish Downton Abbey.
Dec 04, 16 12:37 PM
The Beyond London Travel Books page reviews guidebooks, history, mysteries and fiction to help readers enjoy their visits to England, the UK, France, and beyond.
Dec 04, 16 12:20 PM
Beyond London Travel reviews Food Trails, a new guidebook from Lonely Planet for the culinary traveller which helps you plan 52 Perfect Weekends in the world's tastiest destinations.