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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Travel is one of the best teachers and the lessons we learn from journeys undertaken provide the richest travel experiences.

When we interact with our friends and our near and dear ones who are just back from one or other trip, there is so much excitement in the room as they share their travel stories. There is a long list of activities they might have taken like diving, sight seeing, tasting delicious food, some adventure trip up the hills, finding some off the beaten path spot, some warm interactions with local people, and so on. Each travel journey has some good and bad parts , yet they all are memorable ones.

The stories in this section reflect the range of emotional, spiritual and physical experiences one can have from a travel opportunity.  Some travel experiences are deep, some are lighthearted and some are “adventurous” (referencing the night in jail story). All of the experiences shared here are impactful.

Create your experience vicariously through these stories.


Toronto, Canada skyline

Experiencing Toronto Like A Local

By Shahraz Ali

Whether you stay in Toronto for a week or a year, not a day will go by without you finding something new and exciting to do.   Read more

Canada Experiences
japan-onsen

Onsen Culture in Japan

By Hannah Cook

Bathing and onsen culture in Japan is a unique aspect to Japan’s heritage that can be easily enjoyed by both visitors and residents.   Read more

Asia Experiences
Stargazing

6 Amazing Destinations for Stargazing

By Ali Jennings

If you are interested in stargazing, there are still lots of places in the world where you can see the universe at its finest through both the naked eye and observational equipment.   Read more

The World Experiences
Friluftsliv Hikes in New York

Friluftsliv: The Scandinavian Concept We Should All Embrace

By Terri Marshall

When I initially heard about free air life, my mind immediately conjured up images of people hiking frozen glaciers, swimming across the fjords and scaling mountains of terrifying heights.   Read more

Europe Experiences Lifestyle
Malta fishing port

Women’s History Month: My Grandmother’s Malta

By Ann-Marie Cahill

This may seem a little strange but Women’s History Month always has me thinking about travelling to Malta. It is the birthplace of my grandmother; my mother’s mother   Read more

Europe Experiences History
Traveling with a disability Photo of disabiled archeologist Mason

Traveling with a Disability: An Archeologist’s Experience

By Breana Johnson

Sand and summits may present challenges to people with physical disabilities, but exploring the globe is still an important (and enjoyable) part of life.   Read more

The World Accessible Experiences
Mount Vernon

How Historical Interpretation on the Subject of Slavery Has Changed Over the Years at Mount Vernon

By Sangeeta Ranade

Mount Vernon is the northern Virginia home of the first United States president, George Washington, and it’s a prominent tourist site.   Read more

United States Experiences History
Namibia - Evie and Kellie - Deadvlei

Empty roads and a full soul: Road tripping Namibia during the pandemic

By Kellie Paxian

Like most people who have touched down on the continent, Africa has captured my soul in a way that you just can’t understand until you’ve been.   Read more

Africa Experiences Rail & Road Travel
The Hershey Story Photo Courtesy of Hershey, PA

For the Love of Chocolate

By Terri Marshall

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love, romance and chocolate step into the spotlight. This love and chocolate thing dates back more than 1,500 years to the Maya and Aztec cultures.   Read more

United States Experiences Events & Festivals Food & Drink
Baja California. Photo: Claudia Larios

New friends, adventures, and perspectives in Baja California Sur

By Claudia Larios

One of our friends had seen a photo of this place on the Baja peninsula, but other than that, we knew very little about our destination.   Read more

Mexico Experiences
guatemala

Go With the Flow: Life Lessons From Backpacking to the Pandemic

By Natasha Tucker

Some of you may ask why I chose Guatemala — especially if you’re like my parents whose idea of adventure is an all-inclusive trip to Cuba.   Read more

Central and South America Backpacking & Camping Experiences
Zodiac clock

Traveling according to your Zodiac sign

What can your zodiac sign tell you about where you should travel and what destinations you are compatible with?   Read more

The World Experiences
RV camper

Road trip tips: Spend less and make the most out of your journey on wheels

By Kellie Paxian

As airborne travel is still largely discouraged due to the pandemic, many of us have taken to exploring our backyards by wheels…   Read more

United States Rail & Road Travel
Belgadia Palace photo courtesy of Belgadia Palance

Mayurbhanj: Odisha’s Hidden Secret

By Sugato Mukherjee

The stately manor that dates back to 1804 is the residence of the Bhanj Deo royal family that had ruled the princely state of Mayurbhanj in eastern India   Read more

India Experiences Luxury Travel History
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