Map of Poland and surrounding European Union countries.

Five Lesser-Known Polish Cities Worth A Visit

By Ali Jennings

When travelers think of Poland, Krakćw and Warsaw, the country’s two largest and most popular tourist centers are typically what come to mind. But Poland is a huge country with a myriad of interesting cities for visitors. Here are five alternative cities you should check out when in Poland.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path
Coconut on a Sint Maarten (Saint Martin0 beach.

Sint Maarten: A Youth Program Reaches Out After Hurricane Irma

By Breana Johnson

September 2, 2017, was a calm and sunny Saturday on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. In a small cluster of brightly painted shipping containers, a group of children gathered to play games, read books, and toss around a baseball. It was just another normal weekend at the Player … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Elephant in Zimbabwe

Why You Might Want to Visit Zimbabwe Sooner Rather than Later

By Derek Cullen

When I first visited Zimbabwe ten years ago, hyperinflation had sent the entire country into a controlled state of panic.   Read more

Africa Insights History
Heart hands on a sunset for Valentine's

18 Valentine’s Day Customs From Around the World

By Lola Méndez

Looking for unique ways to shower the ones you love with gifts and praise for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered with inspiration from different cultures around the world who honor love in unique ways. Here are 18 of the sweetest ways that people declare their love on Valentine’s Day … Read more   Read more

The World Events & Festivals
Candi Plaosan, also known as the 'Plaosan Complex', is one of the Buddhist temples located in Bugisan village, Java, Indonesia.

An Indonesian Village that Changed its Fate with the Internet

By Rose Munday

When it comes to Indonesia, you might wonder how islands like Java can compete with the likes of Bali.   Read more

Asia Technology Social Responsibility
The 2019 Sydney Festival (SydFest) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Photo: Ann-Marie Cahill

Sydney Festival 2019: Out of This World

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Sydney comes to life in summer. It is a glorious city, no matter what time of year but in the summer, we have long days, warm nights, hot beaches, and the biggest party in all of Australia: The Sydney Festival.   Read more

Oceania Family Travel Events & Festivals
Namibian desert on the African continent.

Why Namibia Should Be Your Next Travel Destination in Africa

By Derek Cullen

Let’s be honest, most people head for the same places when they visit Africa for the first time like the Masai Mara, Kruger, and Serengeti National Parks. However, some of the most fascinating experiences on the continent are far off the beaten track and this is certainly true of Namibia … Read more   Read more

Africa Insights
Iced coffee in Laos. Photo: Tara Tadlock

Coffee in Laos: an Unlikely Pathway out of Poverty

By Tara Tadlock

When people think of Southeast Asia, Thailand and Vietnam often come to mind first. But squeezed between them is Laos, a country covered in dense jungles and lush mountains perfectly suited for growing coffee, a relatively new crop that has grown recently in importance to the nation’s economy.   Read more

Asia Food & Drink Humanity
Aerial view of Niagara Falls with a Maiden of the Mist boat.

Exploring Niagara Falls

By Kathleen Walls

Niagara Falls, one of America’s most scenic wonders, wasn’t always a pristine park open to the public.   Read more

North America Family Travel Nature & Outdoors
Stairway to Heaven. Photo: Len Cristobal

World Footprints Top Stories of 2018

By Eliza Amon

Last year, World Footprints published stories about people and places all over the world. Our writers told stories that helped our readers make deeper connections to a community, understand more about a foreign place while traveling more mindfully.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility Sustainability
Descent to Tagana. Photo: Diana Condrea

Tenerife Off the Beaten Track: Five Ideas to Escape the Crowds

By Diana Condrea

The volcanic island of Tenerife, the largest and most diverse of the Canary Island Archipelago, is a fabulous year-round destination with record-breaking numbers of visitors each year.   Read more

Spain Off the Beaten Path Architecture
Tree frog in Costa Rica.

Sustainable Hotels in Costa Rica: 5 Eco-Conscious Choices

By Lola Méndez

Costa Rica is a top eco-conscious destination with many properties implementing sustainable initiatives to keep their environmental impact to a minimum to preserve the biodiversity of the country. This movement is a natural extension of the country motto, Pura Vida!   Read more

Central and South America Eco-tourism Sustainability
Capt. Tucker and Hercules. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Cajun Culture in Lafayette Parish

By Kathleen Walls

In Southern Louisiana, French Canadian migrants settled and intermingled with the existing community to create a unique ethnic group, the Cajuns, whose culture continues to thrive today. Visitors can learn more about the Cajuns through a visit to Lafayette Parish, where they can explore their history, customs, music and food.   Read more

United States Experiences
Choral Temple in Bucharest. Photo: Diana Condrea

Jewish History Behind the Communist Blocks of Bucharest

By Diana Condrea

Hidden behind Bucharest’s Soviet-style apartment blocks are the traces of the city’s once thriving Jewish community, 70,000 people strong, who lived in the capital before World War II and Soviet demolition nearly obliterated their culture.   Read more

Europe History
Cockpit Country in Jamaica.

A Message of Harmony at the End of a Jamaican Dirt Road

By George Miller

I’m walking along a dirt lane in the Jamaican bush when I meet Franklin. We’re beyond the end of the paved road, miles from the closest phone or electricity.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path