Travel and automotive writer Michael Milne writes about world travel, car museums, road trips, military history, local food and more for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Hemmings Motor News, American Airlines, Octane, Classic & Sports Car (UK), Classic Motorsports, AAA, Classic Military Vehicle and other publications. From Abu Dhabi to Pyongyang to Zagreb, he has visited more than 250 classic car sights around the globe.
He and his ever-patient wife Larissa have gone on road trips in the Middle East, Australian Outback, Kalahari Desert in Africa and, to show he doesn’t just seek desolate desert drives, all over Europe and North America.
Michael is the author of the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions, now in its 2nd edition. The Detroit Free Press called the book “vacation planning for car lovers,” while Hemmings Motor News Radio has dubbed Milne the “Rick Steves of car museums.”
Michael has judged the Great Plains Journalism Awards in the US and, along with Jay Leno, is on the Judging Panel for the annual Historic Motoring Awards in the UK. His interview subjects include Leno and Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famers Alice Cooper and Dennis Dunaway.
Recent public speaking appearances include the World Forum for Motor Museums in Germany, the National Association of Automobile Museums in the United States, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Travel Show, Penn State Arts & Culture Series and more.
A movie buff, he covers the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland. He’s also reviewed new music for the Philadelphia Blues Society and books for the New York Journal of Books. In his spare time, despite being blessed with no natural musical ability, he plays guitar, devours way too much barbecue and, following in his Sicilian grandfather’s footsteps, bakes bread and pizza.
Along with food & travel writer and photographer Larissa Milne, he writes the “Field-Tested Travel Tips” column and feature articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Their travel blog at Changes In Longitude won a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Award for Best Travel Blog.
Their articles have appeared in National Geographic’s Intelligent Traveler, USA Today, AAA World, Go Magazine, Serious Eats and other media outlets, while their off-beat travels to far-flung destinations like North Korea have been featured in Smithsonian.
They are the authors of Philadelphia Liberty Trail: Trace the Path of America’s Heritage, the guidebook that takes a revolutionary approach to the City of Brotherly Love.
After 20+ year business careers, in 2011, Larissa and Michael quit their jobs, sold their house, gave away their possessions and took off from their hometown of Philadelphia to travel around the world with a Rocky statue for what they thought would just be a year.
However, during that year they had a lot of free time on their hands and developed new careers as writers while they created the popular “A Year and a World” column about their journey for the Philadelphia Inquirer. After adapting to a simpler, nomadic lifestyle (hey, writers don’t get paid much) they are still on the road with no permanent address and now call the world their home.
You can reach Michael by clicking here.
The 2nd edition of the Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums is a thorough guide to more than 300 classic car sights across America.
Philadelphia Liberty Trail: Trace the Path of America’s Heritage, a traveler’s guide to historic Philadelphia, was selected as a Book-of-the-Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.
Partial listing of print and online publications:
50+ classic car stories on Hemmings Motor News
100+ travel articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Classic car stories for Hagerty
Rotary Club: The Mazda Museum in Hiroshima