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“Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination.”

–Gary Hamel
The stories below are a mix of opinions, thoughts, reflections and revelations from travel experiences. Some stories suggest an idea others highlight a discovery, experience, perception or observation.
Travel storytelling or travel insights is an interesting way to experience the beauty and ups and downs of the journeys done by different travelers. Never mind if you can’t take the journey, but you can always read and enjoy the travel experiences and explore places through someone else’s vision.
Matshona Dhliwayo says that insight–not intelligence or understanding– is meant to foster perception and contemplation. It is our hope that you’ll gain greater travel insights through these stories.


Coconut on a lazy beach

The Bittersweet Experience of Repatriation

By Breana Johnson

Becoming an expat in Sint Maarten was hard, with culture shock taking the wind out of my sails for days at a time at the beginning. It   Read more

United States Insights
Missing travel with luggage and world globe

Traveling Today: What You Should Know

In this episode, Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick speak to award-winning travel journalist Tim Leffel about the things we should know about traveling today, especially, if we plan to travel for extended periods of time. As Tim says, “we can’t just wing it anymore.”   Read more

The World Insights
US traveler and passport

Understanding U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The U.S. State Department provides  American citizens with regular notifications of events that  may affect their safety and security.  These notices come in the form of Travel Alerts or Travel Warnings.   Read more

United States Insights
airline travel tips

“Don’t Buy the Cheap Tickets” and more tips from an airline insider

Airline industry expert Kewwin McKenzie shares important airline tips that he’s gained from his experience of traveling around the world during the pandemic and the common mistakes people make when booking airline tickets.   Read more

The World Insights
African American family traveling by car during segregation.

Exploring the Green Book trail and Rochester’s African-American Heritage

World Footprints will uncover the stories behind the story of the Green Book and we’ll explore Rochester, New York’s rich African-American heritage. In an era of segregation, the Green Book directed African-American travelers to safe havens as they traveled through inhospitable and outright dangerous places.  Indeed, being a Black family … Read more   Read more

United States Insights History
An example of unethical animal tourism. Riding an elephant in Thailand.

Animal Cruelty for Tourists’ Entertainment: An Industry in Need of Reform

By Bianca Caruana

As selfies with tigers, primates and other wild species front Instagram and Facebook feeds, tourists are now forced to question the morals and ethics of their encounters with captive animals.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Digital nomad office is a dream lifestyle

Becoming a Digital Nomad

By Ali Jennings

Digital nomadism is here and on the rise. I’m proud to count myself among that tribe.   Read more

The World Insights
Future of Travel - Dubrovnik

What does the future of travel look like?

What does the future of travel look like? We asked a travel industry insider, Helen Hernandez, CEO of the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) for her insights.   Read more

United States Insights
Muslim prayer-in Islamic country

Top 10 Things Westerners Should Do Before Travelling to an Islamic Country

By Mohammad Aamir Arafat

Islam is the second-most followed religion after Christianity. Out of the 195 countries on Earth, 56 have a Muslim majority and are governed by Muslims.   Read more

The World Insights Religious Travel History Humanity
G Adventures' Bruce Poon Tip in Agra, India at the Taj Mahal. Photo courtesy of G Adventures

Traveling deeper with Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures

In this episode, World Footprints hosts Tonya and Ian travel deeper with Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, as he discusses his journey into the world of travel, with particular focus on his “5th Gear” as an immigrant.   Read more

The World Insights
US Marine corps

Inspirational Life and Travel Journeys from a Woman Marine

In honor of our Veterans we are pleased to share a conversation with Dr. Betty Moseley Brown, one of the first women of color to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1970s.   Read more

United States Experiences Insights
Statue honoring the underground railroad along the Riverwalk in Detroit.

Heartbeat of Detroit

By Breana Johnson

I didn’t know a single thing about Detroit when I moved here a year ago. Most people plan where they want to move but when your spouse is in medical school, you don’t always have the luxury of choice or time.   Read more

United States Insights History
The Dotty Wotty House as part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Artist’s Political Protest

By Kathleen Walls

Award-winning artist and sculptor Tyree Guyton started The Heidelberg Project in 1986 as a political protest after he returned to his old Detroit neighborhood, the Heidelberg area in the McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood, and found dereliction and debris.   Read more

United States Insights The Arts Preservation
veligandu-island-in Maldives ofrers vaccine vacations

Vaxcations: Needle-driven Getaways and the Questions Around Them

By Sugato Mukherjee

The COVID pandemic has given rise to a new global travel trend called vaccine vacations or vaxcations, for short.   Read more

The World Health & Wellness Insights
Choeung Ek - a Killing Field in Cambodia

Dark Tourism in Cambodia: Exploitation and Cultural Insensitivity

By Tara Tadlock

Over four years in the early 1970s, Cambodia, a Southeast Asian country now frequented by backpacking tourists, faced one of the worst human atrocities imaginable– a state-sponsored genocide wiping out one-third of the nation’s population.   Read more

Asia Insights Social Responsibility