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“Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination.”

–Gary Hamel
The stories below are a mix of opinions, thoughts, reflections and revelations from travel experiences. Some stories suggest an idea others highlight a discovery, experience, perception or observation.
Travel storytelling or travel insights is an interesting way to experience the beauty and ups and downs of the journeys done by different travelers. Never mind if you can’t take the journey, but you can always read and enjoy the travel experiences and explore places through someone else’s vision.
Matshona Dhliwayo says that insight–not intelligence or understanding– is meant to foster perception and contemplation. It is our hope that you’ll gain greater travel insights through these stories.


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Travel and Beauty According to a Gifted BIPOC Plus-Size Model

See the world differently as we explore travel and beauty through the eyes of a gifted BIPOC plus-sized model.   Read more

United States Insights
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Why I advocate for slow travel—and why you should, too

By Jessica Barrett

Travel used to be slow. Granted, it was slow because there was no other way…Somewhere along the way, we got (very) lost.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
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Teaching Children to Appreciate Diversity

By Breana Johnson

The best way to travel with the intent of exploring diversity is to ditch the touristy places. Sometimes, tourist attractions bring people from all over the world — the Grand Canyon or Disneyland, for example.   Read more

The World Family Travel Insights The Arts Social Responsibility
Hasidic Community

Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood and Ecuador’s Huaorani people

Join World Footprints as we learn about the cultural heritages of Brooklyn’s Hasidic Community and Ecuador’s Huaorani people.   Read more

The World Insights History Humanity
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Destinations currently accepting international visitors

By Madi Kh

In an attempt to return to normalcy, several countries have reopened their borders for international visitors.   Read more

The World Insights
Pakistan mosque

The Pakistan I Know

By Madi Kh

What do you think of when you hear the name Pakistan?   Read more

Asia Insights History
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Finding the Common Thread at the Pinkas Synagogue, Prague

By Nicole Banks

Standing in front of a memorial to the 77,297 Czech Jews who were massacred during the Holocaust, however, it’s not quite so easy for me to dismiss.   Read more

Europe Insights History
Deaf Traveler

Traveling Insights from a deaf Traveler

Have you ever thought what it would feel like to travel the world in silence?   Read more

The World Accessible Insights
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
Twenty Twenty | Nigel Watts's Twenty Twenty

Global Pandemic, Climate Change, Virtual Tourism: Twenty Twenty novel predictions from 1995

As 2020 comes to a close we remember the late author Nigel Watts and the eerie predictions he made about this year in his 1995 novel “Twenty Twenty”. Nigel’s predictions are shared through the voice of his widow, Sahera Cohen.   Read more

The World Insights Climate
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Five Travelers share their Travel Wish List for 2021

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

We were curious about the places other travelers are dreaming about so we asked some of our fellow travelers to share their travel wish list for 2021.   Read more

The World Insights
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13 expressions of travel love and nostalgia

By Kellie Paxian

We were deeply moved and inspired by the stories shared in our previous collection on What I Miss Most About Traveling, but every travel lover knows there is no end to the love letter that our world deserves.   Read more

The World Insights
Hot air ballooning over Appalachian mountains

Uncovering Appalachia

Author and scholar Nancy Brown Diggs joins World Footprints to peel back the layers of Appalachian culture that she uncovers in her new book, In Search of Appalachia.   Read more

United States Insights History
Peru. Photo by Terri Marshall

A Love Letter to the World from an American

By Terri Marshall

A couple of years ago I jumped on the Ancestry DNA bandwagon to discover more about my history. The results weren’t terribly surprising.   Read more

The World Insights
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What I Miss Most About Traveling

By Kellie Paxian

2020 has left much to be desired in our wanderlusting hearts, but the good news is that travel leaves an eternal impact on our souls…   Read more

The World Insights