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
Plusisize travelers from Stop Weight Bias image gallery.Friends exploring courtesy of World Obesity

Enjoying the World as a Plus-size Traveler

Plus-size travelers face challenges that aren’t generally considered—lack of appropriate accommodations, one-sized fits all robes that don’t fit larger bodies, zipline cables that may not support extra weight and other concerns.   Read more

United States Experiences
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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
Marrakech with Kids Sidecar Adventure. Courtesy of Monet Hambrick, The Traveling Child

Family RV Travel

Hear about RV travel, the joys of multi-generational family travel. and traveling across the country as people of color.   Read more

United States Family Travel Rail & Road Travel
ravel Love - Heart Island

13 expressions of travel love and nostalgia

By Kellie Paxian

We were deeply moved and inspired by the stories shared in our previous collection on What I Miss Most About Traveling, but every travel lover knows there is no end to the love letter that our world deserves.   Read more

The World Insights
Hot air ballooning over Appalachian mountains

Uncovering Appalachia

Author and scholar Nancy Brown Diggs joins World Footprints to peel back the layers of Appalachian culture that she uncovers in her new book, In Search of Appalachia.   Read more

United States Insights History
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What I Miss Most About Traveling

By Kellie Paxian

2020 has left much to be desired in our wanderlusting hearts, but the good news is that travel leaves an eternal impact on our souls…   Read more

The World Insights
Zen Peace

Imagine: Reflections on Peace and the travel community’s role

Editor and VIIF co-founder, GARY KNIGHT, shares the remarkable collection of first-person testimonials and searing photographs from some of the world’s most volatile war zones.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility
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
Racism is not patriotism

Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic and Author of ‘RACE-BAITER” on Language, Travel and Media

Join World Footprints for an engaging conversation on race-baiting, travel, media and music with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans.   Read more

United States Experiences Humanity
Janet Cheatham Bell

Author Janet Cheatham Bell on Civil Rights, Empowerment and Travel

Author Janet Cheatham Bell has lived through both the Civil Rights Movement and today’s Black Lives Matter movement. She joins World Footprints to share her thoughts on the progression of racial equality in the United States. Janet is also the mother of W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s United Shades … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
U.S. Capitol Building - Congress

Flaws in American Democracy examined and Home Exchanges for Travel

Fundamentally, America’s democracy is dysfunctional at best and author Elizabeth Rusch identifies where the United States falls short. Elizabeth also offers international comparisons and shows the simple solutions that other countries use to advance democracy that would work in the U.S.   Read more

United States Experiences
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What to do about Racism and Bigotry as Travelers of Conscience and Culture

By Ian Fitzpatrick

With everything taking place in the world from the coronavirus pandemic, global recession, and America’s racial reckoning, even a brief escape from these problems can be an elixir for the body, mind, spirit, and soul.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping Insights Social Responsibility
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A letter to my favourite country: We need to talk

By Kellie Paxian

South Africa is not the safest country in which I’ve travelled. It’s not the least corrupt. Or the most open-minded. But it is my favourite.   Read more

Africa Social Responsibility
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