Global Citizenship- Basket weaver in a Colombian village. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps full the dinner pail is valuable.”

― George Washington Carver

What does it mean to be a responsible traveler?   It means much more than just traveling light, recycling plastic bottles or even reusing your hotel bath towels.  Those things are great first steps but being a responsible traveler is a “heart action”.

Social responsibility has given a new dimension to tourism and people are indeed acting responsibly & changing the way they travel . A social responsible traveler has a heart for people.  He/she ensures that negative social, economic and environmental impacts are minimized and that positive footprints that enhance economic benefits for local people and host communities are the only thing left behind.

Bottom line, a social responsible traveler is a global citizen and ambassador for humanity. Whenever you visit any new place be aware of the impact of your actions and reactions, choose social responsibility and contribute in a positive way.


Feeding baby elephants

How to Social Impact Travel (Without the Price Tag)

By Natasha Tucker

For many people, including myself, while travelling the world is a passion, it is important to simultaneously make a positive change in communities and the environment in which we are exploring. This is known as social impact travel.   Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Women in Tourism - Women on the World

The Women Making Tourism Powerful

By Lola Méndez

Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women around the globe through unique tourism experiences that benefit women’s empowerment and travel with female-led groups. International Women’s Day is honored annually on March 8th to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and serves as a call to action … Read more   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Social Responsibility
Black History Month - Bust of George Washington Carver. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Travel Beyond Black History Month

By Ann-Marie Cahill

During February, there is an influx of travel stories for the “Best Places to Celebrate Black History Month”. It’s great and there are so many places I want to visit! However, the same list almost disappears into the ether as soon as March 1st arrives.   Read more

The World Insights History Social Responsibility
Plastic garbage on a beach in Bali

Bali battles a plastic ocean while eagerly awaiting economic respite

By Bianca Caruana

As if Bali hasn’t been suffering enough with the economic blow of COVID-19, locals are also battling a catastrophic environmental disaster as an abnormal amount of plastic washes up along popular tourist beaches Kuta & Seminyak.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility Sustainability
To travel or not travel woman-thinking

Travel during a pandemic: Responsible or reckless?

By Jessica Barrett

My last trip was in February 2020, just a month before the coronavirus pandemic shut much of the world down for months on end.   Read more

The World Safety Social Responsibility
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What will travel look like in 2021?

By Kellie Paxian

Looking back at the previous year is seriously lacking in travel nostalgia. Looking forward is shrouded in uncertainty.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility
Responsible Travel - Empty bench on the beach

Opinion: Is “No Travel” the new Responsible Travel?

By Ann-Marie Cahill

It’s the statement no traveller wants to hear: “Please Don’t Come Here”.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Author Kellie Paxian Traveling during COVID

Fleeing the cold to weather the storms

By Kellie Paxian

A global pandemic, travel bans, and now hurricanes — what else have you got for us, 2020?!   Read more

Mexico Social Responsibility
Zen Peace

Imagine: Reflections on Peace and the travel community’s role

Editor and VIIF co-founder, GARY KNIGHT, shares the remarkable collection of first-person testimonials and searing photographs from some of the world’s most volatile war zones.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility
Leaning Tower of Pisa

PBS Television Host Rick Steves about his love for Europe and Celebration of Diversity

World Footprints stows away with travel writer and PBS TV host Rick Steves as he shares his new book, “For The Love Of Europe” and how travel is an antidote to the purposeful dumbing down of American society. This interview shows a different side of Rick Steves and our conversation … Read more   Read more

Europe Experiences Social Responsibility
Janet Cheatham Bell

Author Janet Cheatham Bell on Civil Rights, Empowerment and Travel

Author Janet Cheatham Bell has lived through both the Civil Rights Movement and today’s Black Lives Matter movement. She joins World Footprints to share her thoughts on the progression of racial equality in the United States. Janet is also the mother of W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s United Shades … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
David Rubenstein photo taken by Robert Severi

Philanthropist and Author David Rubenstein on Leadership and Travel

David M. Rubenstein, author of The American Story, visionary cofounder of The Carlyle Group, and host of Bloomberg TV’s The David Rubenstein Show returns to World Footprints to discuss his newest book: “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.”   Read more

United States Literature & Music Social Responsibility
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Exploring the Depths of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park

By Michael Fil

Lush rainforest and land transformed for millions of years by volcanic activity, all spread across 520 square miles of protected space. Welcome to Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park!   Read more

United States Adventure History Social Responsibility
Ardre Speaking w Authors

Controlling Your Narrative and Preserving Truth in Race Relations, Empowerment and Travel

Why is it important for people of color to control their own narrative? How does preserving your story support historical truths? Ardre Orie is a publisher, social activist, and ghostwriter who helps Black men and people of color discover the power of their voice. Enjoy a powerful and insightful interview … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
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