kaaba-Mecca Religious Travel

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

– Henry Miller

From mission trips to pilgrimages to holy places, religious travel or faith tourism brings millions of people to places, attractions, retreats and conventions for the faith-based traveler.  While many attractions in the Middle East and Asia appeal to millions of people the world over, nearly every country and community has a religious history to share—from historical figures to places of worship that have broad appeal to travelers.

People have their own reasons to travel. Some travel to explore the world or nature while some travel to follow their faith or religion. Religious Travel is done may be because its a part of their age old customs and traditions or just to find some peace in God’s Home.

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IZOD Indycar”s Simona de Silvestro, History of Catholicism & Panther Conservation

Simona de Silvestro driving in the Baltimore Grand Prix.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick On today’s show World Footprints explores the plight of the endangered Panther, we chat with one of the rising IZOD Indycar stars Simona de Silvestro, and we also view Catholicism through the lens with Father Robert Barron.  As … Read more   Read more

United States Religious Travel Sports Conservation
New Orleans - Charmaine Neville at FQF.JPG Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival 2014: History and Voodoo (Hour 2)

World Footprints returned to New Orleans for our 7th annual French Quarter Festival (FQF) 2-hour broadcast.  This year we set up at Tableau Restaurant, Dickie Brennan’s newest culinary gem in Jackson Square.  This second hour of our FQF broadcast explores the unique history of New Orleans with two prominent professors from the University of … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel Events & Festivals History
Armenia monastery

Armenia: an ideal destination for history lovers and adventurers

By Jackie Jones

The Caucasus has been attracting an increasing number of travelers recently, and Armenia is one of the major region draws. Local tourist traffic is expected to boom as the region’s heritage and cultural and natural riches are so overwhelming.   Read more

Europe Religious Travel Architecture

The art of Thaipusam- a measure of Devotion

By Jackie Jones

Looking for a travel experience that’s religious-based? Each year in January or February, over 1.6 million devotees and visitors make their way to Malaysia’s most popular Hindu shrine at the Batu Caves, to join in celebration for their religious holiday Thaipusam. The shrine is dedicated to Murugan, the God of … Read more   Read more

Asia Religious Travel

Alhambra: A Islamic treasure in Southern Spain

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Among the great architectural miracles of Spain, one place breathes exuberance and style, representing one of the most beautiful structures made by man. The palace of Alhambra is one of the most popular tourists destinations in Spain, with millions of visitors each year. The historical palace and fortress of Alhambra … Read more   Read more

Spain Religious Travel History Preservation

LEGACY SHOW: Touring Israel and Gandhi town hall

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel’n On and before rebranding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS. Travel’n On listeners will discover the beautiful country of Israel with Arie Sommer, Israel Tourism Commissioner with the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Then Tonya & Ian will share … Read more   Read more

Middle East Religious Travel History Social Responsibility

Camp Joy – A young traveler experiences the joy of voluntourism

By Melissa Johnson

Every year, my church participates in a summer volunteer program in West Virginia called Camp Joy. This camp is a very special camp that allows citizens surrounding the area of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia to have the opportunity to receive free help fixing up their homes. It is a one … Read more   Read more

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