“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
Traveling to see the buildings and artifacts of human history that would otherwise be lost to father time has inspired a travel niche built around preservation and conservation.
Whether enjoying a stay at a Medieval castle or a historic hotel in a city or town—or exploring a historic district or cemetery—communities and countries around the world are finding that preservation of the past can sustain tourism.
Preserving our cultural treasures and our natural resources helps maintain these gems for future generations, but it provides a way for culture and history to flourish.
Since 1972, and under the designation of UNESCO World Heritage sites, the United Nations has been tirelessly working to protect many beautiful spots across the globe. Now, the list gets even bigger with new sites in Canada, India and Japan, in which the UNESCO dubs them as belonging to the … Read more Read moreHistory Preservation
If you ever saw an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, you’d think it was a dinosaur, as they look as if they came from another time period. And, it’s possible that’s true. After all, they can live to be more than 100 years old and weigh up to 300 pounds. Of course, … Read more Read moreAfrica Volunteer Travel Preservation
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 moreThe World Experiences Off the Beaten Path History The Arts Preservation
On April 22th of each year, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day. This day is regarded by many to mark the birth of the modern environmental movement. Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, was the principal founder of the first Earth Day. Senator Nelson hired a … Read more Read moreThe World Events & Festivals History Preservation Sustainability
Following the 1908 legislation President Theodore Roosevelt signed giving the Grand Canyon status as a National Monument, the United States Congress signed an act on February 26th, 1919, making Grand Canyon National Monument a National Park. The Grand Canyon National Park hosts over 4 million visitors each year who explore … Read more Read moreNorth America History Preservation
Not so many fascinating wetlands are present on the African continent. However, one of these few is the Okavango Delta, situated in the Kalahari Desert within the ancient country of Botswana. The Okavango offers both an unusual environment and an amazing host of diverse wildlife. The Okavango Delta hosts approximately … Read more Read moreAfrica Preservation
Our recent trip to Big Sky country, Montana, yielded the discovery of new dinosaur fossils and other treasures. We spent some time working on a previously discovered dinosaur named “Carl” and we covered him with a new “jacket” of plaster. Then we visited the high-tech Dino Lab and lent a … Read more Read moreUnited States Experiences History Preservation
December 11th has been designated as International Mountain Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance and value of mountains from an ecological and economical perspective. Help support local communities and our national treasures by building partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and … Read more Read morePreservation
According to a study published in the journal Nature Communications, if you want to plan your next overseas adventure travel or luxury travel excursion to the sunny regions of the Mediterranean or simply set out to see some of the historical wonders of the world , you better do it … Read more Read moreHistory Preservation
The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, New York are the homeland of The Seneca Nation, one of six Native American tribes that formed a confederacy in the region. The largest of the six tribes, The Seneca, who lived in the Western part of the Confederacy, called themselves the Onöndowa’ga,’ or … Read more Read moreUnited States Experiences Indigenous Preservation
When we think of Japan we generally recall the unique Manga culture, cherry blossoms, bonsais, sushi and the list goes on. However, Japan’s samurai castles are unique architectural treasures that should not be overlooked and must be preserved for historic value. Structures like the Hikone Castle, known as “Water Castle”, … Read more Read moreAsia Architecture Preservation
Celebrating the US National Park Service Centennial and exploring World Heritage Sites in Conflict Zones
World Footprints will talk to intrepid travelers, explore America’s Natural Parks and endangered World Heritage Sites, and we’ll pay a visit to the Philippines and Northern Florida. First, the Congo’s Virunga National Park has been ensnared in bloody conflict for years but National Geographic Explorer correspondent, Justin Hall, discusses whether … Read more Read moreUnited States Family Travel Preservation
The death of the last male northern white rhino, Sudan, was met with grieving the world over both because of his passing and what it means for the nearly extinct rhino. Only two females of the northern white rhino subspecies are left. Sudan reached the age of 45 before succumbing … Read more Read morePreservation
The Nature Conservancy, a long-standing conservation non-profit, is creating a 5-year plan that will help to improve rivers and watersheds all across North America and Europe. This effort to manage water resources can benefit upwards of 150 million people worldwide. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car foundation has made a hefty donation towards … Read more Read morePreservation