After spending over 30 years in the travel business and having visited over 120 countries I am thrilled to now dedicate my energies and expertise to my own specialist tour company, Byroads Travel. Following several adventurous years as an overland expedition leader in South America, Africa and Asia I returned to work for some of Australia’s best known tour wholesalers in both the adventure and luxury travel markets. I’ve held a variety of positions including 13 years as a Product Manager and Operations Director for Peregrine Adventures.
At Byroads I not only undertake to research new tours, I also travel with my groups as the Tour Facilitator. My aim is to provide travellers with the best holiday possible. I love meeting new people and introducing them to new places, cultures and experiences. I also like nothing better than getting off the beaten track and searching out special places which often become the highlights of my tours.
In addition to the Tour Facilitator all trips have the services of a local Tour Guide. Ana Devila from Mexico and Muhammad Yunusov from Uzbekistan are typical Byroads local Tour Guides. They are exceptional people and being local they provide a fabulous insight into the history and culture of their countries. Along with the Tour Facilitator and various site guides it’s a great combination and one which ensures travellers with Byroads get the most out of their trip with us.
Byroads has secured the services of Travel on Q to manage its bookings. Travel on Q is a highly professional travel company run by Carole Grassby and Tina Briggs who between them have a wealth of travel experiences. Travel on Q offers the Byroads customer a personalised travel service that can meet all their travel needs. Whether it is destination knowledge, flights, travel insurance, visa services or additional holiday arrangements Travel on Q can assist.
Travel on Q is affiliated with itravel, a wholly owned Australian company with over 130 dedicated and passionate travel agents. itravel is IATA (International Air Transport Association) accredited; a member of AFTA (the Australian Federation of Travel Agents) and ATAS accredited ensuring that all its agents are appropriately qualified to offer professional advice and quality service.
Having travelled with Steve and Byroads previously I was excited to visit Mexico. The carefully crafted itinerary along with our dynamic and passionate local guide Ana, ensured a wonderful trip. I’m a big fan of the Byroads travel formula. From the mode of transport, the quality of the accommodation and the calibre of the local guides, Byroads tours are authentic and great fun. Steve, as the brains behind the operation is organised and attentive, joins in the fun and is the glue that keeps everyone bubbling along.
Uzbekistan was our first trip with Steve and Byroads. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but by trips end we were enthralled by our experience. The friendliness and knowledge of our guides, the competence and patience of our drivers, the wonderful accommodation and restaurant choices and the marvellous sites all combined to make this a memorable trip. Steve quietly worked logistics in the background and his version of ‘guided democracy’ and attention to detail was very much appreciated by our group.
We felt privileged to have been introduced to Morocco through the extraordinary Byroads trip. Morocco is amazing and the trip lived up to expectations in every way – the Byroads support crew, the local guides, the scenery, the history, the accommodation and the food. Not only was the itinerary very carefully organised, but our leader, Steve, made it a special experience through his personalised tailoring to optimize every experience. Highly recommended!
We have travelled extensively both in groups and privately, but nothing has been better than this Byroads holiday. Steve has put together a wonderful tour of Egypt which covers the length of the country including all the famous sites as well as some lesser known ones. The accommodation was great, and the various modes of travel were comfortable. Our fellow travellers were a friendly bunch and our local guide, Waleed was a fountain of knowledge and fitted right in with the group.
I’ve done several trips now with Byroads including Jordan, Iran and twice to both Turkey and Morocco. All were fantastic trips that took me to the very heart of each country’s culture and people. I wouldn’t travel with anyone else. Thank you Steve!
Having had the wonderful experience of travelling with Byroads through Uzbekistan, I had little doubt my trip in Jordan and Egypt with Steve would prove a wise decision. We visited all the wonderful monuments the region is so famous for and the pace of the trip was perfect. We travelled by bus, train, plane, riverboat, and even camels and the hotels were so comfortable. The team of local guides were informed and friendly and Egypt and Jordan were remarkable. I can’t wait to join Byroads again.