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“He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.”                — Dutch proverb

Travel Europe and fall in love with its beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage. From Europe‘s largest country (Russia) to its small one (Vatican City) and the additional 49 countries in between, the continent of Europe is a vast landmass in the northwestern part of Eurasia. The most visited European country is France followed by Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany but each of the 51 independent states hold a rich history, unique cultures and traditions, delicious food, beautiful landscapes and other gems that make each country worth visiting.

Europe‘s border is delineated by the Ural Mountains in Russia, the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains and the following countries (listed in alphabetical order) comprise the continent: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK) and Vatican City (Holy See).

Travel Europe – explore it’s lands from north to south and east to west and take delight in its different food flavors and learn more about it’s rich history & culture.


Europe with Rick Steves

Rick Steves “For the Love of Europe” and his Travel-Driven Social Ethos

Today on World Footprints, we welcome back, author and television host, Rick Steves. We enjoy a very thought-provoking discussion about a range of topics from the current pandemic and social issues to the challenging issues facing the travel industry today.   Read more

Europe Social Responsibility
Friluftsliv Hikes in New York

Friluftsliv: The Scandinavian Concept We Should All Embrace

By Terri Marshall

When I initially heard about free air life, my mind immediately conjured up images of people hiking frozen glaciers, swimming across the fjords and scaling mountains of terrifying heights.   Read more

Europe Experiences Lifestyle
Author's partner with 2 local restaurateurs. Photo: Jim Bamboulis

Philotimo: the Greek secret not easily translated

By Jim Bamboulis

‘Philotimo’ dates back millennia, and although can’t be translated into a single word in the English language to this day, is packed with meaning, often illustrated through honourable, respectful and humble acts towards others, no matter who they are, or where they come from.   Read more

Europe History
Cliffs of Kerry

7 Hidden Treasures that You Shouldn’t Miss on the Wild Atlantic Way

By Derek Cullen

Driving the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the best ways to make the most of your trip to Ireland.   Read more

Ireland Off the Beaten Path
vaccine-letters

TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Smallpox Vaccination (May 14, 1796)

On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner, an English physician and scientist who pioneered the concept of vaccines, administered the first smallpox vaccination to 8 year old James Phipps. In 1977, with assistance from the World Health Organization, the smallpox virus became the first disease in the world to be eradicated … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom History
Malta fishing port

Women’s History Month: My Grandmother’s Malta

By Ann-Marie Cahill

This may seem a little strange but Women’s History Month always has me thinking about travelling to Malta. It is the birthplace of my grandmother; my mother’s mother   Read more

Europe Experiences History
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Visit to These English Museums

By Ali Jennings

March is Women’s History Month. Celebrated in the UK, the USA, and Australia to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8th, this month highlights the contributions women have made to events in history and contemporary society. If you’re traveling to England during March, there are plenty of museums and … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Family Travel Events & Festivals History The Arts
Old castle on the Irish coast

Why and How Irish Culture has Changed Over the Years

By Derek Cullen

For most of history, Irish culture was primarily “Gaelic” and stayed that way until the Normans arrived in the 12th Century.   Read more

Ireland History
"Pinkas Synagogue Pinkasova synagoga" by Paul and Jill is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Finding the Common Thread at the Pinkas Synagogue, Prague

By Nicole Banks

Standing in front of a memorial to the 77,297 Czech Jews who were massacred during the Holocaust, however, it’s not quite so easy for me to dismiss.   Read more

Europe Insights History
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Animal Conservation in Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

When travelers dream of Spain, most think about wandering down cobblestone alleys, listening to the Spanish guitar, and drinking wine under the shadows of a towering medieval cathedral. However, it’s a mistake to think of Europe only in terms of its beautiful cities and centuries of human history. There is … Read more   Read more

Spain Conservation
Riverwalk in Ljubljana. Photo by Trixie Pacis

Reminiscing on Slovenia Through the Senses

By Trixie Pacis

From the summer of 2018 to 2019, I called the charming Slovenian capital of Ljubljana my home. For those of you who have yet to experience Slovenia, it is a feast for the eyes.   Read more

Europe Architecture History
Isle of Wight beach

An Expat’s Christmas Journey to the Isle of Wight

By Bianka Cramblit

Jude Law stopping by your snow-covered cottage in the English countryside…. Yes, please! The many other festive British holiday movies had left me feeling like I had already celebrated there.   Read more

United Kingdom Events & Festivals
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Tenerife- The Wild Side of Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

One hundred miles off the coast of the Southern coast of Morocco lies The Canary Islands. These eight one-of-a-kind islands will charm you so much that you might start searching for early retirement options on your flight back.   Read more

Spain Food & Drink History
Santa Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion y de San Frutos Photo: Tania Banerjee

Romans, cathedrals, and fairytales

By Tania Banerjee

The air hangs heavy with moisture. The illusion of stillness is the prelude before the story unfolds. Frowns appear in the sky. 2,000 years ago, the dramatic sky would have convinced the inhabitants of God’s wrath. Redundant chimneys of the slate-roofed houses stand as remnants of the past, but they … Read more   Read more

Spain Architecture History The Arts
Leaning Tower of Pisa

PBS Television Host Rick Steves about his love for Europe and Celebration of Diversity

World Footprints stows away with travel writer and PBS TV host Rick Steves as he shares his new book, “For The Love Of Europe” and how travel is an antidote to the purposeful dumbing down of American society. This interview shows a different side of Rick Steves and our conversation … Read more   Read more

Europe Experiences Social Responsibility