Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Steve can’t remember a time when he was not obsessed with travel, other cultures and languages. As a youngster he worked an assortment of menial but `character-building’ jobs to finance trips to Europe and South America and graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in modern languages.
The following year he taught English at the University of Silesia near Katowice in Poland. After he had worked for several years for a Gannett newspaper and obtained a master’s degree in journalism, Steve’s fascination with the ‘new’ Asia (and two years’ studying Chinese) took him to Hong Kong, where he lived and worked for a variety of publications and was editor of Business Traveller magazine. In 1987 he put journalism on hold when he opened Wanderlust Books, Asia’s first travel bookshop. Steve, a US-Ireland dual national, lived in Budapest for several years and in 1994 moved to London.
Steve has written or contributed to a large number of Lonely Planet titles – 175 at last count – and has had his share of `experiences’ while on the road. Oh, yes, there have been disasters aplenty: funny ones that he dines out on (being attacked by a `take-no-prisoners’ gang of male orangutans in the Sarawak jungle), `bad rash’ disasters that seemed to go away but came back to bite him on the bum (being diagnosed with two strains of malaria seven months after returning from the swamplands of Irian Jaya) and worst-of-all-time-hang-his-head-in-shame disasters (adding an ‘r’ to the name of the then-president Milan Kucan in Slovenia 1).
And the good times? Well, Steve does remember, for example, once seeing a Parisian smile, hearing a Hong Kong denizen say that money wasn’t everything and tasting fresh, low-fat Hungarian cuisine. But these experiences have been few and far between. And so much they should. Things like that just don’t make a book.
- Full Name Steve Fallon
- Country United Kingdom
- Website http://www.gulbabahouse.com
- Languages French, Spanish and sort of Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Chinese
- Favourite Places Favourite destination: I'm hard-pressed to single out one but I've always enjoyed visits to India - on both spiritual and sensual levels.
- Interests Languages, bookbinding, cycling, canoeing, scuba diving, food and wine (name the cuisine!)