Basket weaver in a Colombian village.

“Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps full the dinner pail is valuable.”               ― George Washington Carver

What does it mean to be a responsible traveler?   It means much more than just traveling light, recycling plastic bottles or even reusing your hotel bath towels.  Those things are great first steps but being a responsible traveler is a “heart action”.A socially responsible traveler has a heart for people.  He/she ensures that negative social, economic and environmental impacts are minimized and that positive footprints that enhance economic benefits for local people and host communities are the only thing left behind. Bottom line, a social responsible traveler is a global citizen and ambassador for humanity. 


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Cause for a change: The post-pandemic future of Asia’s elephant tourism

By Bianca Caruana

In a small town in the southwestern region of Nepal, Eva the rescue elephant and her new companion Lhamo are sprouting a charming kinship.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility
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
City of Norfolk | Underground Railroad

Norfolk’s Underground Railroad, Student Travel and Decoding Autism

Located in the heart of the mid-Atlantic the City of Norfolk is an important 400-year-old port city and home to the largest naval base in the world. Norfolk also played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad as one of the last port stops on the road to freedom north.  … Read more   Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
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
Diversity in art - photos

Teaching Children to Appreciate Diversity

By Breana Johnson

The best way to travel with the intent of exploring diversity is to ditch the touristy places. Sometimes, tourist attractions bring people from all over the world — the Grand Canyon or Disneyland, for example.   Read more

The World Family Travel Insights The Arts Social Responsibility
orangutan-close up

The Future of Sustainable Orangutan Treks in a Post-COVID World

By Nayla Azmi

As the only primate that only can be found outside of Africa, the orangutan lures people from all over the world to see its uniqueness of being strikingly similar to human beings.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility

How to Travel Sustainably Post-Pandemic

By Elizabeth Waddington

After months of lockdowns and restrictions, many of us are understandably raring to get back out there and travel again.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility Sustainability
Feeding baby elephants

How to Social Impact Travel (Without the Price Tag)

By Natasha Tucker

For many people, including myself, while travelling the world is a passion, it is important to simultaneously make a positive change in communities and the environment in which we are exploring. This is known as social impact travel.   Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Women on the World

The Women Making Tourism Powerful

By Lola Méndez

Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women around the globe through unique tourism experiences that benefit women’s empowerment and travel with female-led groups. International Women’s Day is honored annually on March 8th to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and serves as a call to action … Read more   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Social Responsibility
Bust of George Washington Carver.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Travel Beyond Black History Month

By Ann-Marie Cahill

During February, there is an influx of travel stories for the “Best Places to Celebrate Black History Month”. It’s great and there are so many places I want to visit! However, the same list almost disappears into the ether as soon as March 1st arrives.   Read more

The World Insights History Social Responsibility
Plastic garbage on a beach in Bali

Bali battles a plastic ocean while eagerly awaiting economic respite

By Bianca Caruana

As if Bali hasn’t been suffering enough with the economic blow of COVID-19, locals are also battling a catastrophic environmental disaster as an abnormal amount of plastic washes up along popular tourist beaches Kuta & Seminyak.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility Sustainability
To travel or not travel woman-thinking

Travel during a pandemic: Responsible or reckless?

By Jessica Barrett

My last trip was in February 2020, just a month before the coronavirus pandemic shut much of the world down for months on end.   Read more

The World Safety Social Responsibility
Thoughtful traveler

What will travel look like in 2021?

By Kellie Paxian

Looking back at the previous year is seriously lacking in travel nostalgia. Looking forward is shrouded in uncertainty.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility
Empty bench on the beach

Opinion: Is “No Travel” the new Responsible Travel?

By Ann-Marie Cahill

It’s the statement no traveller wants to hear: “Please Don’t Come Here”.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Author Kellie Paxian Traveling during COVID

Fleeing the cold to weather the storms

By Kellie Paxian

A global pandemic, travel bans, and now hurricanes — what else have you got for us, 2020?!   Read more

Mexico Social Responsibility