So, despite spending the early years of his working life selling diverse substances (washing powder, chocolate, pet food and cheese) for various large organisations, it was only a matter of time before Steve dedicated himself full-time to the world of travel.
Following a marvellous few months of backpacking during a ‘year out’ that took him to places as diverse as Bombay and Bali, Canada and the Cook Islands, Steve eventually joined Inntravel, and now has nine years of exploring – and writing about – Europe’s unspoiled corners under his belt. He loves going somewhere new, and finds something uniquely satisfying about discovering the rhythm of a place and locating his own favourite corners.
Recent trips have taken him to the mountains of Mallorca – his first trip to the island which, he says, was nothing short of a revelation – and along southern Turkey’s Lycian Way. He has also helped to put together a new walking holiday in the Faroe Islands, and our cycling itinerary, Wine Trails of South Moravia, developing an enthusiasm for good-quality (and superb-value) Czech wines along the way. Another new-found passion is for cross-country skiing, which Steve discovered on a recent trip to Norway: the combination of healthy exercise, convivial company and pristine trails through a snowy wilderness felt just about perfect.
When he’s not travelling or planning a holiday, Steve is usually to be found relaxing with friends over a pint in one of York’s many fine pubs, enjoying a film at City Screen or wandering the footpaths of the nearby Dales, Moors and Wolds. As an occasional antidote to Slow Travel, he has been known to enjoy long-distance running, sometimes using an overseas marathon as an excuse for yet another short trip away. Next stop Copenhagen…