Meet the Founders

Kia Abdullah

Kia Abdullah is an author and travel writer from London. Her novel Take It Back was named one of the best thrillers of the year by the Guardian and the Telegraph. The follow-up, Truth Be Told, was shortlisted for a Diverse Book Award and her latest, Next of Kin, was the Times Book of the Month in September 2021. 

Kia has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the FT, the Telegraph, the BBC and the Times. Prior to Atlas & Boots, she worked for two years at Penguin Random House as product manager of, helping to grow readership to over a million users per month.

Kia likes hiking, diving, horse riding and anything to do with heights (think skydiving, via ferrata and bungy jumping), but always with a hot shower and warm bed at the end of the day.

Countries: 60
Favourite travel experience: Mount Yasur Volcano in Vanuatu
Least favourite: Sleeping in a cockroach-infested room in Sri Lanka
Top of my bucket list: Darvaza in Turkmenistan

Peter Watson

Peter Watson is a travel writer and photographer. His work has been featured by the Guardian, the Telegraph, BBC Travel, the Independent, Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Cicerone Guides, Fodor’s and Wanderlust among others.

Peter has contributed to several books including Outdoor Europe, a round-up of the continent’s best outdoor experiences, and Hike, a compilation of ​​100 hikes from around the globe, both published by DK Eyewitness. He is currently working on his debut novel.

A keen trekker and climber, Peter can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He is currently focused on climbing the seven summits, the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go…

Countries: 86
Favourite travel experience: Trekking to K2 base camp in Pakistan
Least favourite: Abandoning a trek in Greenland due to a wildfire
Top of my bucket list: My next seven summit: Denali in Alaska