It is March 2020. The lockdown has just started. No one is going anywhere. What do you tell yourself? “I know, why don’t I start a travel company!” Only, probably, if you’re Cat Jones. “A lot of people told me I was crazy,” she says.
But there was a way to his madness. His brainchild, the travel start-up By the way, specializes in “slow travel”: no flights, trains and buses and nothing but bikes – or walking if you prefer. She’ll take you all the way to Corsica, but the emphasis isn’t on the far-flung pleasures of the West Country, Wales, Yorkshire and the Scottish Isles.
Cat Jones was born in Cambridge, but her father was a civil engineer and his travels took her to Yemen and Zimbabwe, before returning to England to attend school in Devon with a pub and a post office. Now she organizes trips in this way. She studied physics in Durham but had a boyfriend in Oxford and traveled between the two cities. By train only. “My parents had a car,” she says. “But not me. It was always the trains.”
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