Shrine. Photo: Trixie Pacis

36 Hours in Tokyo

By Trixie Pacis

Everything appeared as expected while boarding the train into Tokyo, from the tidy train station and orderly ticket booth cues to the clasped hands of prim passengers patiently awaiting the train. As I boarded and claimed a seat by the window, I felt suddenly overwhelmed — I had 36 hours … Read more   Read more

Asia Experiences
The Oxalis Morada is indigenous to the Galapagos Islands and many regions of South America. Photo: Brent Cahill

Indigenous Food Travel: A Culinary Postcard

By Ann-Marie Cahill

While many of my friends have turned to books or television documentaries, I have been exploring the world of culinary travel — but not just for cooking recipes. I found inspiration in the preservation of Indigenous food. And that has me planning my next adventure.   Read more

Oceania Food & Drink Indigenous Preservation Social Responsibility
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Kashmir: Paradise in the Himalayas

By Manali Shah

Kashmir — at least the part that India controls — meant lush valleys with freshwater lakes, grass and pine-covered hills, and the towering but protective circle of the Himalayan mountain range.   Read more

Asia History
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Traveling and Reporting in a World with COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

By Sam White

The world has changed a lot in the last six months—which means we must change how we interact with it. Travel is different now. Journalism is different now.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
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Safer abroad? Black American travelers are glad to be outside the U.S.

By Tasha Prados

Feeling unsafe in the U.S., many Black Americans are glad to be in other countries — or eager to go abroad.   Read more

United States Insights
Author Kellie Paxian on Hornby Island, British Columbia

How to find the magic in a place that wasn’t on your bucket list

By Kellie Paxian

Our plans of chasing our bucket list across the world in 2020 have been replaced by cancellations, quarantines, and an uncertain future. Many countries still have a ban on non-essential travel, and others have opened borders under strict restrictions. It’s safe to say that we travel lovers have had to … Read more   Read more

The World Transformative
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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 look through the lens of a humanitarian photographer

By Jessica Barrett

From long, uncomfortable trips to challenging accommodations, humanitarian travel isn’t typically glamorous. Massachusetts-based social documentary photographer and Capture Humanity founder Matilde Simas recently traveled to Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Uganda to explore the ways that children are exploited due to war.   Read more

Africa The Arts Social Responsibility
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Back to my Roots: A Road Trip Brings Restoration and Hope

By Terri Marshall

As 2020 dawned, my travel calendar filled with big plans. The St. Olav Festival in Norway, gorilla trekking in Uganda, and truffle hunting in Croatia were among the adventures scheduled for the coming months. Sadly, those plans came to an abrupt halt thanks to COVID-19.   Read more

United States Family Travel
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How we all must travel differently once the world reopens

By Audrey Lim

It’s likely that all of us travellers can agree that we’re currently in a place in which we never thought we’d be. Staying at home when all we want to do is get out and explore the world is not our ideal scenario. COVID-19 has quickly brought the travel and … Read more   Read more

The World 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
Interviewing Gip Gipson. He had some great stories to share.

Viewing Today’s World Through Journalistic Eyes: Can Travel Heal The Divide?

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

As travel journalists who happen to be people of color, we celebrate the cultures of the world.   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
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Global Solidarity for Black Lives Matter

By Sam White

Gaining even more traction in 2014 during the historic events in Ferguson, Black Lives Matter became a household name. Since then, the movement has spread across the country like wildfire.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
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World Footprints Stands with Black Lives Matter

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

Is it possible to heal amid soul-crushing events? From the violations of the Constitutional rights of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, to the unlawful killings of black citizens–George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (and many more before them), to the global pandemic that is taking lives and undermining the … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
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Let Your Children Soar: Teach Your Kids Responsible Travel

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Travel is the greatest educator. It provides the greatest opportunity to open our minds and give practical application beyond anything we could ever learn in a classroom. However, it is a complete package. With great travel comes great responsibility… or something like that. As travel-loving parents, that responsibility includes teaching … Read more   Read more

The World Family Travel Social Responsibility