Our People
  • Amy snow biking Our Team

    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

  • Chris Packham Our Tour Experts

    We carefully select our experts based on their knowledge, companionship and influence, ensuring that you can travel with the most knowledgeable leaders in the field.

Amy Hastie

  • Europe, Middle East and Indian subcontinent

I have had a passion for travel from a young age and I guess I really caught the travel bug at university, where I studied international tourism. At any given opportunity I found myself visiting somewhere new, whether it be a short break in Europe or a longer trip further afield. For me, travelling means adventure; meeting new people, trying new foods and experiencing the contrast of cultures compared with home.

Destinations I have visited vary immensely from the peaceful beaches in Thailand to the hustle and bustle of the souks in Marrakech. Since joining Steppes Travel, I have also been lucky enough to visit India and Sri Lanka, both of which are fascinating countries and sparked my love for the Indian subcontinent. My mind is always wondering where in the world I can go next and there is still so much more I want to explore!

Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

On Safari in Sri Lanka

To say that I was excited when I was told that I was going to Sri Lanka was an understatement – since I was a young girl, I have always been fascinated by Sri Lanka and its leopards.  Even the gentle teasing of the office could not diminish my anticipation.

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Ulagalla, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Ulagalla, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Ulagalla Chalet, Ulagalla, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Ulagalla, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

My Favourite Hotel

This is a difficult one but a hotel that stands out for me is Ulagalla in Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful restored Manor House located near the world heritage site of Anuradhapura. The rooms are spread out over beautiful green, lush terrain and there are small lagoons surrounding them. Bikes are provided to explore the area, a fond memory is cycling through the local village and stopping along the way to talk to children who had heard the bikes coming!

Experiences

Sigirya

Climb up the impressive, giant rock fortress of Sigirya (also known as Lion Rock).

Diving in the Maldives

The clear, warm waters are home to an exceptional array of marine life. Complete the PADI diving course head out to one of the many reefs if already certified.

Stay with a Bedouin family

Take tea with a nomadic Bedouin family under the shelter of their goat hair tent.

Visit a Bedouin Family

Spend time with a local, Bedouin family to learn about their culture and way of life.

Explore Ancient Egyptian Ruins

Visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa and underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura.

Meet the Team

Our specialists have a wealth of travel experience under their belts and revisit their own areas of expertise each year to refresh their minds and discover new opportunities. Many have been with us for more than 14 years and have developed a following of clients who trust their judgement and will travel with no one else. We hope you will join those ranks.

They will tell you about those intimate, friendly hotels, introduce you to charismatic guides and our hidden gems – those extra qualities that make your holiday both unique and special.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

Are you ready to discover extraordinary?


Why Steppes