Andrew Straw

Creative Director / Trip Consultant
Saddle Skedaddle Cycling Holidays

Andrew’s wanderlust began at an early age. After numerous adventures in Asia – including two years living in Tokyo where he worked as an English teacher, Pachinko machine repairman, bartender, and actor (starring as an extra in two Godzilla films as well as Hitachi Shaver commercials) – in 1995 he embarked on a year-long cycling journey through South America. In this journey, Andrew covered 6,000 miles and cycled through much of the continent.

It was during this time that the inspiration to bring people to this amazing part of the world was borne and shortly after (along with his riding partner) Saddle Skedaddle Cycling Holidays was formed.

From humble beginnings Saddle Skedaddle has grown into the UK’s leading cycle tour operator with its tours (both inbound UK and outbound) covering most corners of the world, with the company now taking some 4,500 people cycling each year.

Andrew’s role at Saddle Skedaddle now emphasizes new trip development from concept to research to final delivery to customers. He has travelled in some 60 countries is always on the look-out for new adventures, often incorporating his professional scouting trips with personal adventures, such as his recent solo cycle tour of Taiwan and scaling to the summit of Mt. Fuji … and then down it.

When not on his bike, Andrew can be spotted braving the freezing waves of the North Sea on his surfboard or exploring the coastline and hills of the North East of England with his trusty dog. Andrew is also a qualified Yoga Teacher having trained with the renowned Padma Yoga School in Kovalam in Southern India.

He is an avid reader audiophile with an eclectic taste in authors that include Paul Auster, Douglas Copeland and Milan Kundera.

Andrew earned his degree in Business and Marketing at Nottingham Trent University in the UK and lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England.

Expertise

  • Product Development and Itinerary Design
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation
  • Brand Development
  • Sales Technique
  • Customer Service
   
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