Photographing People: The Art of Travel “Street” Photography and Portraiture

By Scott Dicken Photographing People: The Art of Travel “Street” Photography and Portraiture Let me set the scene: imagine you’re in your hometown and you’re on your way to meet a friend for a spot of brunch. You’re walking past a famous landmark on your way to the restaurant when a coach pulls up and […]

Mixing Business with Leisure: How to Take Advantage of Your Next Business Trip – Travelling for ‘Bleisure’

By Scott Dicken Mixing Business with Leisure: How to Take Advantage of Your Next Business Trip – Travelling for ‘Bleisure’ When people hear that I have to travel a lot for work, and particularly when they hear that I spend a lot of that time in Sub-Saharan Africa, they imagine me spending ten minutes in […]

What Kind of Travel Personality are You and Where Should You Travel Next: Does Pseudoscience Have the Answers?

By Scott Dicken What Kind of Travel Personality are You and Where Should You Travel Next: Does Pseudoscience Have the Answers? Let me start this month’s column with a disclaimer; I don’t honestly think that if you tell me your inside leg measurement and favourite colour that there’s any form of pseudoscience that can determine […]

Staying Healthy When Traveling

By Scott Dicken Staying Healthy When Traveling It’s one of the worst-case travel scenarios: You save up for months, book a life changing trip, pack your bags, travel halfway across the world and promptly fall foul of a mystery illness that wipes you out for days. From poor food hygiene to communicable diseases, there are […]

First Time Africa: Top Tips for Picking the Right Destination for You

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken First Time Africa: Top Tips for Picking the Right Destination for You Part 2 – Adrenaline and Culture I often get asked by friends and family what my top choices would be for a first-time traveler to Africa and to be honest I find it a massively daunting […]

First Time Africa: Top Tips for Picking the Right Destination for You – Part 1 – Budget Holidays and Safaris

By Scott Dicken First Time Africa: Top Tips for Picking the Right Destination for You – Part 1 – Budget Holidays and Safaris I often get asked by friends and family what my top choices would be for a first-time traveler to Africa and to be honest I find it a massively daunting question. Not […]

Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains: Hiking, Helicopters and Hill Climbing!

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains: Hiking, Helicopters and Hill Climbing! Back in 2005 a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed on South Inylchek glacier at Khan Tengri Base Camp high in the Tien Shan Mountain Range in Kyrgyzstan. ‘It was about to land,’ my guide told me, pointing at the […]

Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda

By Scott Dicken Gorilla Trekking In Rwanda I didn’t know what to expect the first time I went gorilla trekking. I’d been on safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, but gorilla trekking was something altogether different. Imagining what I might be about to experience evoked memories of watching ‘Gorilla’s in the Mist’ as a young child. […]

4 Ways to Scratch the Travel Itch During the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Scott Dicken 4 Ways to Scratch the Travel Itch During the Covid-19 Pandemic It’s a strange time to be a travel writer. With most of us having cancelled travel plans, our focus has turned to things much closer to home, including the financial and personal safety of our loved ones. And yet, for many, […]

Malawi: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken Photos by Scott Dicken Malawi: Africa’s Best Kept Secret Malawi is, in my opinion, one of Africa’s best kept secrets. Despite a concerted effort by the Government of Malawi, and plenty of international press opining its virtues, the relatively small, land-locked Southeast African country seems to have remained […]