Plan your perfect holiday with Steve Yates

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What would make a perfect holiday? Tell us who is going with you, what airport you'd like to fly from and any other details we may find useful, such as if it's a special occasion.

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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?

One hotel that really stole my heart was Half Moon, A RockResort in Jamaica. It has a feel about it which is impossible to convey in photographs - a timeless, elegant quality, with a lot of colonial history and favoured by the rich and famous. The suites are surprisingly homely and I loved the fresh white architecture, whilst being a stone's throw from the beach. The best restaurant in Jamaica was the cherry on top.

What's your oddest travel moment?

For me, it's amazing how in this vast planet it seems to be so easy to bump into people I know in various countries around the world, or to meet people who grew up around the corner from me in some obscure quiet beach or mountain top.

Have you had a perfect travel moment?

Bolivia blew my mind. Having just spent the night in a chilly salt hotel at an altitude of 3700 metres under thick Andean blankets, we were woken before dawn, filled with hot coffee and our 4x4 ventured out into a dark void. As the pinkish glow of the sunrise grew, the extent of the vast Salar De Uyuni became apparent - an enormous salt lake iced with silvery white plates of sodium like the back of a gigantic turtle. We drove further in and climbed an other-worldly rocky island in the centre, covered with cacti and watched as the shadows crept across the expanse. We then posed for some mind-bending photographs with the perspective making us appear like giants!

What are your suitcase essentials?

Less is definitely more - I always travel light! However, no matter how careful I am with applying sun lotion I always seem to have at least one sunburn incident per holiday, so I always pack a tube of Banana Boat soothing aloe vera gel. Bliss in a bottle!

Where's next on your wishlist?

My travel bucket list is based on amazing animals. I would love to sail the Galapagos Islands for giant tortoises and marine iguanas; cruise Antarctica for the Emperor Penguins and leopard seals, climb the mountains of Rwanda for the mountain gorillas and snorkel with orcas in Norway!

"Steve Yates was very helpful - always trying to accommodate our needs."

Since his first summer abroad working in a theme park in America, Steve's travel experiences seemed to snowball from there, which included a year in Japan, a year in Australia and several extended round-the-world trips to many continents. When will it end? Never!