Meet Hamish Mackie

Hamish is one of the UK’s top wildlife sculptors. Through his work he has had
the privilege of observing wildlife in many corners of the world.

One such project required him to travel to India. See the difference between
Hamish planning and booking with Steppes as opposed to going it alone.

Holiday Brief

  • A fourteen day research holiday in India
  • Return flights in business class
  • Accommodation at three different lodges
  • Behind the scenes access to the national parks
  • Private guides throughout
  • Access to conservation charities on the ground
  • All in-country transfers

Planning

Not recorded: Time spent day dreaming

How easy was it to get impartial advice?

Work involved to book holiday

DIY:

“It was difficult to get a balanced view across the various forums that I had searched.”

Hamish with Steppes:

“Joe at Steppes Travel took the time to really understand what we wanted to experience and was honest about what would work well for our trip and what perhaps wouldn’t be right for us. He took the time to get to know us which made the service feel all the more personalised.”

DIYWITH STEPPES
27HOURS SPENT PLANNING 1
19WEBSITES VISITED 1
10CALLS MADE1
0CALLS RECEIVED6
18EMAILS WRITTEN5
11POINTS OF CONTACT1

The Booking Process

DIYWITH STEPPES
27CONFIRMATION
EMAILS RECEIVED
 1
19PAYMENTS REQUIRED 1
10HIDDEN EXTRA COSTS1
0PRINTOUTS REQUIRED
FOR TRAVELLING
6
18TRAVEL APP WITH ALL TRAVEL
INFORMATION PRE-LOADED
5

On the Ground

DIYWITH STEPPES
NODEDICATED SUPPORT FOR
DURATION OF TRIP
 YES
NO24/7 EMERGENCY HELPLINE YES
NOPROTECTED BY UK TRAVEL
REGULATIONS
YES
YESEXPOSURE TO EXCHANGE
RATE FLUCTUATIONS
NO
NOFINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES

Results

“Steppes offered value for money in ways that booking independently would not allow for. They streamlined what would have been an exhausting and arduous task. In short booking a holiday is the one exception where I wouldn’t endorse doing it DIY. For a beyond the ordinary experience we wouldn’t travel with any other company.”

-Hamish Mackie

If you still want to go it alone, we’re still happy to send some destination information to help you on your way. We’d also love to hear how it went, what you liked, what you didn’t like – maybe we could help you with your next trip?

You are unique, so we believe your holiday should be too.

We listen to what you want and create a personalised itinerary tailored around you.

Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

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  • Established for over 25 years creating journeys across 100 destinations worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the best private guides

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  • Be protected from fluctuations in exchange rates

RESPONSIBLE STEPPES

  • Each time you travel with us we donate £5 to a local charity in the UK and £10 to an international charity

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  • Your monies are financially protected
  • 24/7 Emergency UK contact whilst abroad
 

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