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“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body”

– Caroline Myss

We all know that traveling has indisputable and numerous health benefits. Mental health is equally as important as physical health so it’s important that we commit to holistic ways to nourish our bodies and minds before, during and after traveling.

Wellness travel is in great demand these days. Traveling for health and wellness is not an excuse rather it’s self-love. Enhancing personal well-being is a good lifestyle choice and traveling for the same is a great decision. So, go ahead and take a break!

Wellness travel is a good way to take up some healthy habits and opt for a long term wellness plan and re-prioritize one’s life’s choices. Spa and yoga holidays are the most popular wellness getaways (Namaste)but, as you see below, there are so many other options to feed your mind, body and soul.


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Why we all need (and deserve) a break

By Kellie Paxian

The past year (and then some) has left most people responsibly stuck at home, abiding by travel restrictions and doing their part not to spread the virus. This has come with many challenges in the mental health realm that have made us realize just how important travel is for our … Read more   Read more

Africa Health & Wellness Transformative
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Here’s what to expect as international travel returns

By Audrey Lim

It feels like second-nature now, packing hand sanitisers in our bags, getting our temperatures taken at checkpoints, and having face-masks at the ready. So what trends can we expect to see in post-pandemic travel?   Read more

The World Health & Wellness Insights
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The Travel Doctor is IN

Broken bones. Skin rashes. Travelers diarehea. COVID and… There are many accidents, illnesses and medical mishaps that happen when we’re traveling and now we have COVID to add to the list. So what should travelers do to remain healthy and safe? Luckily, the Travel Doctor is IN and she will … Read more   Read more

United States Health & Wellness
Virtual Yoga

Staying Fit during COVID-19

Many of us have been sitting idly by as we wait for restrictions and the stay-at-home orders that were imposed during this COVID-19 pandemic to lift. Meanwhile we’ve been snacking more and becoming stiff from being sedentary. So World Footprints spoke to AFAA Personal Trainer and Venice Nutrition Coach, Neila … Read more   Read more

The World Health & Wellness
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COVID-19 Report from Pakistan and Afghanistan

World Footprints speaks to Ayesha Tanzeem, VOA Bureau Chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ayesha provides some background into the region’s COVID response and ongoing challenges. She shares information that hasn’t widely been reported on outside of the Middle East. What you’ll hear will be enlightening. *********** Ayesha Tanzeem heads VOA’s … Read more   Read more

Middle East Health & Wellness Insights
Statue of Nelson Mandela at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa.

COVID-19 report from Johannesburg, South Africa

Following our earlier interview with Johannes Syms from the Western Cape (Cape Town), South Africa, we interviewed a Johannesburg-based reporter, Anita Powell, to learn what is happening in that densely populated city. Some of what we learned about the healthcare concerns in South Africa surprised us. What didn’t surprise us … Read more   Read more

Africa Health & Wellness Insights
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COVID-19 Report from Mexico

For weeks it seemed like Mexico wasn’t as impacted by COVID-19 as other countries around the world and, certainly, not as affected as it’s U.S. neighbor.  But what was happening in Mexico and how is the country handling the coronavirus pandemic today? Was Mexico just slow to respond to the … Read more   Read more

Mexico Health & Wellness Insights
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COVID-19 in the French Alps: Chambery, France

Recently France experienced the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in any one day.  Like every other country in the world, France has not been immune to the spread of this virus.  And, in dense cities like Paris it is not surprising to see the devastation the coronavirus has left … Read more   Read more

France Health & Wellness Insights
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COVID-19 Report: Rome and the Vatican during Holy Week

For the Vatican and the City of Rome, Holy Week has been eerily quiet. The thousands who generally flock to St. Peter’s Square have stayed away because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the Pope will be celebrating all services on his own with no audience.  And the Vatican’s offices remain … Read more   Read more

Europe Health & Wellness Insights Religious Travel
Tower Bridge in London, England

COVID-19 Report from London including status of P.M. Boris Johnson

The coronavirus in London, England has had a vast impact on the health of Prince Charles and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care. Henry Ridgwell, Voice of America correspondent from London says that COVID-19 has altered British societal norms for years to come and it has … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Health & Wellness Insights Social Responsibility
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A COVID-19 Survivor’s Message

Travel journalist, Terri Marshall Holder, has recently come out on the other side of a coronavirus infection. Terri just returned from back-to-back trips—one international and one domestic—but she thinks she actually contracted the virus after returning home to New York. Terri joined World Footprints to share her experience with battling … Read more   Read more

United States Health & Wellness Insights
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COVID-19 Report from Holland

Coronavirus knows no boundaries but we were surprised to learn how the virus has devastated the Netherlands. With fields laden with tulips and landscapes dotted with windmills, Holland is a beautiful country that no one can fully enjoy these days. We speak to Holland resident Merijn Martens about the impact … Read more   Read more

Europe Health & Wellness Insights
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COVID-19 Report from the Western Cape of South Africa

The COVID-19 virus trickled down through the African Nations slower than other continents but South African recently went into lockdown. So what does the new normal look like in South Africa? We’ll hear from Western Cape resident, Johannes Syms, about the status of South Africa’s fight against the coronavirus and … Read more   Read more

Africa Health & Wellness Insights
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Traveling from Cape Town to Vancouver during a pandemic

Kellie Paxian just made it out of South Africa before the country went into lockdown. The country was expecting COVID-19 to take a hold on South Africans but was the country prepared?  What about Vancouver? Kellie joins World Footprints to answer these questions and more.  She provides some insights into … Read more   Read more

North America The World Health & Wellness Insights Safety
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COVID-19: Insights from Japan

Japan has been in the news a lot regarding it’s fight with the coronavirus that resulted in the subsequent postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games. But what is really happening in Japan? How do the Japanese feel about all of the recent events? World Footprints contacted a family member, Chuck … Read more   Read more

Asia Health & Wellness Insights