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 […]

The Wilds of Africa

The Wilds of Africa By Scott Dicken Debunking the Common Myths of African Travel As a result of my love for all things Africa, I often get readers of the Take Photos Leave Footprints website asking me questions as they decide whether Africa is the right vacation destination for them. Some of the most common […]