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“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit—this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”

–Saint Augustine

The world has so much to share with those wish to travel and those who are into traveling. Possibilities of exploring the world are endless. The world has so much to offer – from its nature, to histories of lands, cultures of various groups across the globe, different flavors to savor or simply to escape one’s monotonous life. The reasons for another trip around the world are many , if not just love for traveling. The world beckons us to step out of our cozy homes and daily routines and take a trip to any place ,known or unknown.

Unpack the beauty and wonders of the world through the insightful stories below.  Travel and explore the globe in your own way, make another unforgettable trip to a new place.


Drum lanterns light the night sky. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Central Florida Lantern Festival Shines Light on Chinese Culture

By Kirsten Harrington

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia by gathering with family, decorating the house with red couplets and giving red envelopes with money to friends and colleagues. Also known as Spring Festival in China, this 15-day celebration starts on January 22nd and ends with the Lantern Festival on February … Read more   Read more

Asia The World Events & Festivals
duck-for Christmas dinner

Traditional holiday dishes from around the world

By Natalie Hoy

With the holidays approaching, I’m sure all of us already have our holiday dinner menu planned. Today, let’s go on a virtual journey to learn about traditional holiday dishes from around the world.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Food & Drink
Santa Claus at Christmas on the beach

I’m Dreaming of a White (Sand) Christmas

By Kerri Driver

It was Christmas Eve and it was snowing! This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Growing up in Houston, Texas, we rarely saw snow, and for it to happen on Christmas Eve had me jumping for joy.   Read more

The World Experiences Events & Festivals
White House Christmas. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

World Footprints Holiday Music Special

‘Tis the season with the gift of holiday music.  As you enjoy the musical selections from around the world, please accept our gratitude for your support of World Footprints over the years.    Read more

The World Events & Festivals Literature & Music
people-digital nomad reflections

Why I advocate for slow travel—and why you should, too

By Jessica Barrett

Travel used to be slow. Granted, it was slow because there was no other way…Somewhere along the way, we got (very) lost.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Transformation Travel with mountain

9 Powerful Transformative Travel Stories That Inspire

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The greatest gift that travel affords us is the power to transform our lives. Travel is like an elixir for the soul. A single trip can change your life by giving you the space to embark on an inner journey towards personal growth and self-reflection.   Read more

The World Transformative
Travel Nurse and Doctor

Do You Need a Higher Education to Become a Travel Nurse? Answer Here!

A lot of people are curious about what it takes to become a travel nurse. Some people assume that you need to have a higher education in order to do this type of work. This is not always the case! In this blog post, we will discuss the requirements for … Read more   Read more

The World Health & Wellness
voluntourism | key-west during hurricane

Meaningful Travel: When Your Trip Isn’t Just a Vacation

By Cara Siera

Our trip could be labeled volunteering since the primary purpose of the trip was to serve. “Voluntourism” – tourist travel with a volunteering component – has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to make travel more meaningful and give back to the places visited.    Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
pumpkin-halloween

Safe and Spooky: Where to enjoy Halloween from a Social Distance

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Halloween is around the corner and the ghouls and goblins are coming for us whether we’re ready or not. This time they will be frightening us from a safe distance. But don’t worry because your adrenaline will still run high.   Read more

The World Family Travel Events & Festivals
Traveling Today | Missing travel with luggage and world globe

How Travel Helps You Learn About History

Why do people love to travel so much? Each person can give their answer to this question. Someone prefers to relax on the seashore, forgetting about everything that happens. For some, travel becomes a great way to explore different attractions. For students, travel is often an excellent alternative to learning … Read more   Read more

The World History
Birdwatching At a bird santuary, Maleny, Australia. Photo: Cara Siera

Grab a Field Guide: Birdwatching Enhances Your Connection to Place

By Cara Siera

“Once you begin bird-watching, no street, sky, or forest ever looks the same: Birds are everywhere, and their comings and goings tell stories most humans aren’t attuned to.”   Read more

The World Nature & Outdoors
Earth embedded in a beautiful sunflower is a reminder about eco-friendly travel as an imperative.

How to Make Your Trip More Eco-Friendly

By Ali Jennings

More and more of us are becoming aware of the impact our carbon footprint has on the globe and are already taking steps to limit this.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility Sustainability
Females friends taking a selfie.

Why is it Important for a University Student to Travel from Time to Time? 

Traveling alone or with a group of friends is an invigorating experience for a student that will stick with them the entire lifetime. Being able to enjoy life without any worries is one thing. Gaining experiences, collecting memories, and exposing oneself to new cultures is quite another. The lessons you … Read more   Read more

The World Study or Teach Abroad
monument-valley is a popular movie set location

Best Movie Locations a Student Can Actually Visit

While green screens and other advancements create the most spectacular settings in movie making, nothing beats the incredible locations of these movies. Whether it involves scenic landscapes, exotic settings, or historical sites, moviegoers crave the real thing.  Many movie locations include popular tourist destinations, like the Caribbean islands, desert towns, … Read more   Read more

The World Study or Teach Abroad
Around the world | The trekker and yak right before the attack. Photo: Shreeram Thapaliya

Around the World in 16 Photos

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Photos and good storytelling inspire and engage our senses so we have curated this compelling photo essay from 16 fellow travelers who have memorable travel stories to share.   Read more

The World Insights