Totem Poles of the First Nations in Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”

Eudora Welty

Explore the history, diverse cultures and traditions of the North American countries of Canada, Mexico and the United States. North American culture reflects both the cultures of its indigenous people- the Native Americans as well as the culture that is influenced by European Colonization.

United States is the third largest country in the world and one of the most culturally diverse countries of the world. Described as the ‘melting pot‘ of North America , amalgamation of different cultures has given shape to the unique U.S. culture.

Mexico is the most populous state of North America and one of the largest city in the world.

Canada is the largest country of North American region and covering more than half of the continent’s area.


Statue Liberty and New York city skyline at sunset, in United States. Image courtesy of Jacklynn Ann Balderosa

Budget-Friendly Tips When Traveling To New York

New York is not known for being a cheap location to live in. The truth is that the cost of living there is relatively high. However, that shouldn’t dissuade you from visiting New York.  If you’re on a tight budget, keep in mind that a trip to New York doesn’t … Read more   Read more

United States Budget Travel
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
View of Lake Chelan in North Cascade Mountains. Photo: Eliza Amon

No Roads Lead to Stehekin

By Eliza Amon

Tucked in the rugged North Cascade Mountains near the Canadian border, is a town unreachable except by ferry, foot or flight. Remote as Stehekin is, the Washington town is a hub for nature lovers looking to hike, kayak, ride horses or fish in a national park whose glacier-tipped peaks are … Read more   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors Off the Beaten Path
US Space & Rocket Center | Rocket Center Entrance. Photo: Cara Siera

What Happens When You Revisit a Favorite Childhood Vacation

By Cara Siera

When I was a kid, one family trip inspired my imagination like no other ever had. Recently, I went back to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, hoping to experience some of that childhood excitement once again. What I found was a museum in disrepair – but … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Family Travel
George Washington statute located in Boston, Mass.

Best Places that Students can Learn about U.S. History

In most schools in the United States, students are required to learn their country’s history. Learning history gets lively when you see the sites related to the country’s history. There are several incredible destinations in the United States that will help you learn fascinating facts about the past. Visiting these … Read more   Read more

United States History
Manatee

Meet the Manatees of Crystal River, Florida

By Cara Siera

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge shelters solitary manatees year-round, but their numbers increase to around 600 individuals from mid-November through March, when they retreat to the Three Sisters and other natural hot springs as ocean temperatures drop.    Read more

United States Experiences Social Responsibility
22 foot Statue of Standing Bear. Photo: Lana Van Cleave

America’s First Native American Civil Rights Leader—Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe

By Lana Van Cleave

However, there is a lesser-known story. Yet one that exemplifies enormous courage and one which has had an immense impact on our nation. It is a story of forced settlement, death, devotion, and incredible spirit. It is the story of Chief Standing Bear.   Read more

United States History Indigenous
Mark Twain's Boyhood home. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Two Sides of Mark Twain

By Kathleen Walls

With the arguments in schools about Critical Racial Theory and not teaching many facts about history because they might embarrass some people, some books are being banned. Mark Twain’s books have long been on the firing line for opposite reasons, i.e. his use of prejudicial language. Because Huck Finn helped … Read more   Read more

United States Literature & Music
The beauty of Pyramid Lake. Photo: Thomas Später

Exploring Pyramid Lake by Boat – A unique Southern Californian Adventure

By Thomas Später

Are you looking for an adventurous nature-getaway to escape the hectical Los Angeles city life for a few days? Search no more! Located inside the Los Padres National Forest of California, Pyramid Lake offers a great option for those who truly like to enjoy nature.   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors
Oaxaca | Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

By Eliza Amon

Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art.   Read more

Mexico Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Bonita Falls | Author overlooking South Fork Lytle Creek tributary valley on the way back from Bonita Falls. Photo: Thomas Später

Hiking to Bonita Falls – A perfect Californian daytrip within the San Bernardino National Forest

By Thomas Später

Hiking to a waterfall is likely not the first thing that comes to the mind when people are visiting Southern California. Overwhelmed by all the well-known and frequently recommended must-dos, it is easy to miss the smaller and less famous opportunities, especially when it comes to spending time in nature.   Read more

United States Adventure Nature & Outdoors
Author Derek Cullen along the Pacific Coast Trail

How Spending Time Alone on the Pacific Crest Trail Changed My Life

By Derek Cullen

I recently spent five months hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was an incredible backpacking trip through stunning deserts, mountains, and forests but also a journey of self-discovery. At the same time, my trips were now motivated by self-growth rather than deficiency. That is to … Read more   Read more

North America Backpacking & Camping Off the Beaten Path
Exterior of Vue Orleans. Courtesy of Vue Orleans.

Vue Orleans: A Love Letter to New Orleans

See New Orleans like you’ve never seen her before atop a 34th floor observation deck and experience the richness of New Orleans history as cutting-edge technology immerses visitors into the spirit and soul of the city. Experience a love letter to New Orleans inside the new Vue Orleans.   Read more

New Orleans Experiences History
Old Alabama Town | Interior of Ordman House. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Old Alabama Town Takes You Back In Time

By Kathleen Walls

Step back in time as you walk through Old Alabama Town—a living history museum that reflects late 19th and early 20th century life along six-blocks of downtown Montgomery.  Within the six-block radius of Old Alabama Town you can visit 50 recreated buildings that reflect the time and see the “residents … Read more   Read more

United States History
Ancient petroglyphs on Atlatl Rock, Valley of Fire State Park. Photo: Thomas Später

Valley of Fire Slot Canyon – A geological masterpiece

By Thomas Später

“What could it mean?” was crossing my mind as I carefully tried to interpret the engravings covering an entire wall of fiery red sandstone within the Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada, USA). It was 10 AM, and I found myself standing on a metal platform in front of a … Read more   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors History