Andrea (Andy) & Jack Montgomery are authors, travel writers, and Slow Travel specialists. Jack is also a photographer. For almost two decades they’ve specialised in hiking & dining across Europe.
As well as writing for their own websites, they have contributed multiple articles and photographs to UK travel websites, magazines, and newspapers; Andy was the Canary Islands expert for the Telegraph. They’ve written travel guidebooks, both published by their Real Tenerife company, selling to people in over thirty countries around the world, and by others (DK and Rough Guides).
In addition to producing their own hiking guides for Tenerife where they lived for 14yrs, they design walking routes all over Europe, creating Slow Travel holidays and guides for off the beaten path areas in Austria, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain… so far.
As well as creating hiking routes, Andy is the author of the travel memoir The Banana Road, an account of their extraordinary life in the north of Tenerife, while Jack authored Camel Spit & Cork Trees, a compelling travelogue about their first year living and travelling in Portugal.
In 2021, after seventeen years of living abroad, Andy and Jack returned to Britain and rented a house on a sheep farm on the Devon/Somerset border. Despite having some connection with the South West of England (Andy’s brother has lived near Barnstaple for many years while Jack spent a brief period at Lympstone many, many years ago), it’s an area they knew little about before moving here. But after just 18 months, they loved the area so much, they decided to put down roots (maybe that should be ‘routes’ – ouch) and get to know the area in-depth, using the same approach and enthusiasm they applied to their exploration of The Canary Islands and Portugal.
Walking Ways is their latest project, a Slow Travel foray into hiking & dining in Somerset and the South West of England, fanning out into other parts of Britain as time and their feet take them further afield. It is aimed at people like them, people who relish exploring an area on foot; who enjoy good food and trying local produce; and who are curious about the places they visit.