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
South Dakota badlands bison

The unexpected bison tradition in South Dakota you can’t miss

By Tara Tadlock

Every year in the autumn, the ground at Custer State Park shakes and the air is filled with clouds of dust. You can hear cheering from crowds of people as they watch almost 2,000 bison being herded into a corral by nearly 60 cowboys and cowgirls on horseback.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals Conservation
Boll Weevil pest

Enterprise Alabama: Thank the Boll Weevil

By Kathleen Walls

Sometimes tiny towns are overlooked. Enterprise, Alabama is just such a spot. I was on my way to Columbus, GA, when I decided to stop briefly to see the iconic Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise and was captivated by its perfect small-town Main Street.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
World Footprints Lowell Thomas Gold Award Announcement

World Footprints Podcast Wins Top 2021 Lowell Thomas Award

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

World Footprints won recognition as a top travel podcast, receiving a Gold Award in the 2021 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
The proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey. It is endemic to Borneo.

Sustainable Tourism Trumps Palm Oil Plantations in Borneo, Malaysia

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Our guide on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo in Malaysia has been pointing out wildlife at every turn. Crocodiles sulking near the water’s edge. Proboscis monkeys lazing in the top of trees. Hornbills flying overhead. The only thing missing is the elusive pygmy elephant. The elephant’s absence hints at the … Read more   Read more

Asia Sustainability
Philippines Limb Kind cover Photo: Matilde Simas

Bringing Mobility and Hope to the Philippines

By Jessica Barrett

Creating 19 prosthetic limbs for 13 children in under a week might seem like a daunting task, but Robert Schulman has never shied away from a challenge. The certified prosthetist and founder of US-based nonprofit Limb Kind Foundation arrived in Davao City, Philippines in September with a team of 11 … Read more   Read more

Asia Accessible Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
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
hangzou-China-garden

Exploring Comfort Zones and Culture in China

By Alexander Galant

Leaving Canada for a three-week cultural adventure in China, I become infected with the travel bug that now fuels my future.   Read more

Asia Experiences Transformative Events & Festivals
Ancient red house in Lucknow

Lucknow: A Melting Pot of Architecture, Culture and Cuisine

By Bandita Mukherjee

Located by the Gomti river, a major tributary of River Ganga, Lucknow is a paradise for explorers with its time-honored architecture, lip-smacking dishes, lyrical zubaan (style of conversation), and world-famous garments.   Read more

India Food & Drink History
Excell Market BBQ in Tennessee. Photo: Melissa Corbin

An American Love Story: Excell Market and BBQ in Clarksville, Tennessee

By Melissa Corbin

Every summer as a child, my father and the other farmers in our small Clarksville, Tennessee community would take their turn as pitmaster.   Read more

United States Food & Drink
Lavapies neighborhood street art in Madrid

5 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit in Madrid

By Bianka Cramblit

Madrid is a lively capital city constantly buzzing with excitement. Before COVID inflicted its long pause on international travel, this well-connected international h   Read more

Spain Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Maimoon Palace in Sumantra was once owned by Deli Sultanate. Photo: Nayla Azmi

Where to Go in Sumatra to Learn More About Conservation

By Nayla Azmi

Sumatra is known as one of the only places in the world that you can see the orangutan in the wild. But the island can teach you plenty about conservation, too.    Read more

Asia Conservation
9/11 Memorial Reflection Pool. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later

By Terri Marshall

I’ll never forget the bright blue skies as I watched an airplane fly into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001.   Read more

United States Insights History