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 […]

Adrenaline Tourism: Swimming with Sharks in Fiji

By Scott Dicken Adrenaline Tourism: Swimming with Sharks in Fiji When thinking of Fiji one may daydream of invitingly pristine white-sand beaches, hammocks strung between palm trees, and bars serving ice cold beers. And you would be right. Kuata, a tiny island only two hours by boat from Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, lives […]

Acute Mountain Sickness: An Everest Evacuation Vacation Story

Take Photos, Leave Foot Prints by Scott Dicken Acute Mountain Sickness: An Everest Evacuation Vacation Story Sirens blared as we weaved our way around the airport tarmac and through the morning rush hour traffic of Kathmandu. Sitting in the back of the ambulance I looked down at my wife who was being tended to by […]

The Rise of Eco-Tourism and Conservation Vacations

By Scott Dicken The Rise of Eco-Tourism and Conservation Vacations If you’re like me, by early January Christmas pudding is merely a fond memory, and I guiltily admit to friends that I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, particularly one I will endeavor to keep. Yet, this year I’m feeling inspired by a recent […]

Top Travel Destinations for 2020

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken Top Travel Destinations for 2020 Why settle for socks in your Christmas stocking when you can give someone a travel experience to remember for a lifetime?  Every year I feel a twinge of excitement when the world’s most famous travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet, releases its annual top […]