I am Oscar Scafidi, a professional travel writer with Bradt Travel Guides. I have lived, worked and travelled across 30 African countries and am currently writing the Bradt Travel Guide to Tunisia. AMA!
Hi Reddit! My name is Oscar Scafidi and I am a professional travel writer, with a focus on Sub Saharan Africa. I have lived, worked and travelled in 30 African countries and am currently based in Tunis, Tunisia. I love travel in "difficult" destinations. In the past this has included: investigating piracy in Somalia for my Masters thesis, road tripping in Iraq, hiking the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan, climbing Jabal Haraz in Yemen, driving a 1973 Land Rover Series III from London to Liberia, kayaking 1,300km along Angola's longest river and driving from London to Russia and back via Abkhazia in a Volkswagen camper van with my brother!
This year I am writing my fifth book, the Bradt Travel Guide to Tunisia, and will be bringing you all along for the ride on my new YouTube channel: Scafidi Travels
I am keen to answer any questions you have on what it's like to be a travel writer, how I earn enough to pay the rent, how it is possible to write a guidebook during covid-19, how to get into the business as well as anything else you might want to know about. AMA!
Proof this is Oscar Scafidi answering your questions: Here is a Tweet I sent out from my Twitter account, @ScafidiTravels: https://twitter.com/ScafidiTravels/status/1349283959180578816
Proof I am a professional travel writer: Checkout my profile over at Bradt Travel Guides: https://www.bradtguides.com/author/oscar-scafidi/
Proof I kayaked, hiked and waded 1,300km along Angola’s longest river: Checkout our Guinness World Record here: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/419505-fastest-time-to-travel-the-kwanza-river-by-kayak-canoe-team/
Or our documentary film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIfnrQJVDVo&t=
Or my talk at The Royal Geographical Society in London here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4P0QOe-t_c&t=
I hosted an AMA back in 2018 about my kayaking adventure down Angola's River Kwanza and am keen to make this one a similar success! https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7yeyqp/i_am_oscar_scafidi_in_july_2016_i_kayaked_and/
[EDIT 16:00 GMT+1] Got to run out for an hour or two, but will be back to continue answering your questions after. Thanks for all your interest so far!
[EDIT 18:20 GMT+1] I'm back online! Will work through all the questions now!
[EDIT 21:35 GMT+1] I am signing off for the evening. Might check in one more time before going to sleep. Otherwise, I promise I will answer all your remaining questions tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for all the interest and support!
[EDIT 01:45 GMT+1] Back briefly!
[EDIT 09:00 GMT+1 Saturday 30 January] Back online this morning for an hour to answer any more questions.
[EDIT 14:15 GMT+1 Sunday 31 January] OK I think I have now addressed all the questions asked, so that's the end of the AMA! If I missed one for whatever reason, please give me a shout on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BradtTunisia or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oscarscafidi/ (or even here on Reddit) and I'll be happy to chat. Thanks again for all your interest and support. Oh, and if you haven't done so already, please subscribe to my YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/ScafidiTravels