Early Travels (before blogging)
Nancy and I met in Kenya in 1990 – I was an overland tour leader and she was one of my passengers. She was a Canadian nurse who had been fascinated with Africa since her teens, and I was hooked on travel. Nancy’s family had spent a year in Indonesia, while I had taken 3 gap years before, during, and after uni, going to North and South America, Asia and Australasia.
After living in the UK for 3 years, we set off across Europe and Africa, buying a LandRover in Addis Abeba, getting married in Kenya and ending up in Harare. We then did post-grad degrees in Edinburgh and moved to Vancouver (via Borneo). It was there that we decided, after 3 years, to set up Itchy Feet store, though we chose to locate in Bath.
We had great staff all through our ‘shop years’ so managed to go to Georgia, Armenia and Iran (2000), Botswana and Mauritius (2001), Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (2006), and India, Nepal and Sri Lanka (2011) while rekindling our love for trekking in Europe and learning how to ski tour – though we still need loads of practice.
We’ve always loved being in Africa, so have written blogs about a few tours we led there with the intention that we may take a few more expeditions, and also intend to run a chalet in the Alps to indulge our love of the mountains (and of providing great customer service!). You can read some of our more recent blogs in the following pages.