Our People
  • Amy Waters 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.

  • William Dalrymple 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.

  • Liz Bonnin Heroes and Heroines

    The people who lead the way when it comes to those things which matter to us: exploration, the environment, women’s empowerment and education.

Close up of ammonite fossils.

John Pickrell

My Favourite Countries

  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Mongolia

John is an award-winning science journalist and one of the world’s top fossil and palaeontology writers, who regularly contributes to publications including New Scientist, National Geographic, Nature and Scientific American. He is the former editor of Australian Geographic magazine and author of several popular science books, including Flying Dinosaurs and Weird Dinosaurs.

John has led dinosaur tours around the world, and when not writing can be found on fossil digs in Australia, Argentina and Mongolia. He studied biology at London’s Imperial College and has an MSc in taxonomy and biodiversity from the Natural History Museum.

Desert view, Flaming Cliffs, Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Flaming Cliffs, Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Mongolia – Palaeontology in the Gobi Desert with New Scientist

This tour offers an incredibly exciting opportunity to work alongside distinguished palaeontologists from the Mongolian Institute, as part of an expedition team prospecting for fossils in the remote Western Gobi Desert.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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