Inside the St. Louis Art Museum.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

-Henry David Thoreau

From exploring galleries to museums, to attending festivals and visual arts exhibitions, arts travel can fulfill and stimulate travelers on many levels.

Major cities around the world have museums housing the works of the great masters.  Cities such as Basel, Miami and Hong Kong host art fairs that draw thousands of collectors, curators and casual observers.

From the West End to Off-Broadway to famous colosseums that display the world’s greatest talents, experiencing the arts  can energize and engage travelers in surprising and unexpected ways.

Arts travel introduces us to some exemplary works of budding artists and world renowned artists. Art works have a special way of conveying their message. The canvass and its colours speak volumes and we all simply love that.


Yosemite National Park was a favorite place of Ansel Adams.

Insights: Ansel Adams and Mahisha Dellinger

Enjoy a conversation with Ansel Adams’ family and gain some success principles from Mahisha Dellinger, Founder and CEO of CURLS …on World Footprints.   Read more

United States Landscape Fashion & Style The Arts
A temple in the Chiang Mai province in Thailand.

Discovering Traditional Arts in Thailand’s Golden Triangle

By Katie Dundas

The Golden Triangle region of Northern Thailand sits at the intersection of three Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong and Ruak Rivers: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. A visit to this area is an incredible way to learn about the culture, history, and traditional arts of the region, which have been … Read more   Read more

Asia History The Arts Social Responsibility
A whirligig from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Reviving North Carolina Towns through Art and Tourism

On one side of the state, North Carolina has the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.  On the coastal side, the state boasts wild horses and deep blue waters.  However, the center of the state holds surprising treasures and a rich history. After losing the tobacco and textile industries, Kinston’s Mayor, B.J. … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Food & Drink The Arts
Greenpeace turns world-famous ‘Iamsterdam’ sign into solidarity message to save Amazon © Olivier Truyman / Greenpeace

“I amsterdam” Returns As… “I amazonia”

By Ali Jennings

Amsterdam is a city with many recognizable features like winding canals and famous historic buildings such as the Anne Frank House. It’s also one of the world’s most bikeable places, and it’s renowned for its cafe and coffee house culture. But in December 2018, Amsterdam lost one of its most … Read more   Read more

Europe The Arts Sustainability
Wupatki. Photo: Breana Johnson

Protecting Pottery and the Past

By Breana Johnson

Agua Fria National Monument protects nearly 500 ancient Native American homes within four distinct settlements.   Read more

United States History The Arts
Standing guard outside of Windsor Castle.

What to See and Do at Windsor Castle

By Ali Jennings

Most people know Windsor Castle as the venue for the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, swiftly followed by the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, but there’s far more to Windsor Castle than just royal matrimonial events.   Read more

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Cathedral in Coventry

Why You Should Visit Coventry at Least Once in Your Life

By Ali Jennings

Coventry doesn’t feature much on most people’s travel bucket lists. It’s a city that is known predominantly for being razed to the ground during the Second World War and then rebuilt in questionable design.   Read more

United Kingdom Architecture History The Arts
North Korea

Living in Mexico, Exploring North Korea, Malta and Barbados

Enjoy a transformative travel experience as we travel to North Korea, Malta, Mexico and Barbados. Wendy Simmons is an intrepid traveler whose solo adventures have taken her from Ethiopia to North Korea and beyond.  She joins World Footprints radio to share her wealth of travel advice and gives us a … Read more   Read more

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An American solider being greeted by local children.

Washington DC’s GI Film Festival

As we celebrate this Memorial Day holiday we thought we would share some highlights from previous years coverage of the  G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C.  The GI Film Festival is the first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals The Arts
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
bojnice-slovakia

Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
The narrow alley in the Souk des Ferronniers, in the Marrakech medina is lined with lamps and other crafts.

A Visit to the Marrakech Medina

By Ana Astri-O’Reilly

The reddish-pink ramparts around the Marrakech medina enclose a thousand years of history. The Almoravids, a confederation of Berber tribes, conquered North Africa and Muslim Spain in the 11th and 12th centuries and established Marrakech as their capital. The new city became a thriving political and economic center, as well … Read more   Read more

Africa Architecture The Arts
Philip of Macedon fountain in Skopje's main square.

Macedonia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

One destination, which is still considered fairly off the beaten track, is Macedonia, a small country with a rich history and beautiful nature. If you’re looking for an interesting Balkan destination with fewer tourists, Macedonia makes a great choice. Here are the top five places to visit in Macedonia.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
British Museum in London, England

TODAY IN HISTORY: British Museum Opens (Jan. 15, 1759)

Sir Hans Sloane was a naturalist who had managed to amass an enormous collection of books, manuscripts, dried plants and antiquities from his travels. As he neared his death, he did not wish to see his collection broken up or, worse yet, forgotten. Sloane bequeathed his collection to King George … Read more   Read more

Europe History The Arts
The ‘I Amsterdam’ slogan in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Symbol of Mindless Mass Tourism Removed from Amsterdam

From colorful buildings to canal-lined streets, Amsterdam is a city that tourists travel from far and wide to photograph. However, one of its most photographed spots has most recently been brought down. Over the past fifteen years, tourists have been jostling in crowds at the red and white ‘I Amsterdam’ … Read more   Read more

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