Global Citizenship-Palladius Street in Israel's Beit She'an National Park. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“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.”

–Aldo Leopold

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.

Jaipur in Rajasthan | UNESCO World Heritage List

5 Recently Added Sites To The UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List

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 more

History Preservation
Desroches Island | Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Desroches Island Is One of Several Homes For Giant “Dinosaur-Looking” Tortoises

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 more

Africa Volunteer Travel Preservation
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

The World Experiences Off the Beaten Path History The Arts Preservation
Earth Day image

TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Earth Day (April 22, 1970)

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 more

The World Events & Festivals History Preservation Sustainability
Grand Canyon National Park

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Grand Canyon becomes a National Park (Feb. 26, 1919)

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 more

North America History Preservation
Okavanago Delta | Hippo in the Okavango Delta.

Potential Threats to the Okavango Delta

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 more

Africa Preservation
Dinosaur fossil

Digging up dinosaurs in Montana

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 more

United States Experiences History Preservation
Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. The main peak is 6,812 metres, the lower western peak is 6,170 metres.

TODAY IS…International Mountain Day (Dec 11th)

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 more

World Heritage Sites | Roman architecture in Lebanon. A World Heritage Site.

World Heritage Sites Endangered by Climate Change

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 more

History Preservation
Native American totem pole.

Western New York’s New Onöhsagwëde’ Cultural Center

By Kathleen Walls

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 more

United States Experiences Indigenous Preservation
The Hikone Castle is also known as “Water Castle”

Documenting and Preserving Japan’s Samurai Castles

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 more

Asia Architecture Preservation
Arches National Park

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 more

United States Family Travel Preservation

Death of World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Highlights Need for Endangered Species Protections

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 more


$30 Million Donated to Fund TNC River Conservation Efforts

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 more


Viewing Polar Bears in Northern Canada

By Sam Treacy

One of the North’s most recognized species, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus being its Latin Name) has a notorious reputation as a bold and brainy predator, not to mention its massive size.   Read more

Canada Preservation