Global Citizenship-Palladius Street in Israel's Beit She'an National Park. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

–Aldo Leopold

Traveling to see the buildings and artifacts of human history that would otherwise be lost to father time has inspired a travel niche built around preservation and conservation.

Whether enjoying a stay at a Medieval castle or a historic hotel in a city or town—or exploring a historic district or cemetery—communities and countries around the world are finding that preservation of the past can sustain tourism.

Preserving our cultural treasures and our natural resources helps maintain these gems for future generations, but it provides a way for culture and history to flourish.


Yellowstone National Park.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Yellowstone becomes a National Park (March 1, 1872)

Ulysses S. Grant established the world's first national park with he signed an act establishing Yellowstone National Park on this day in 1872.  The park is primarily located in the state of Wyoming, but its vast land mass also stretches into Montana and Idaho.   Yellowstone sits atop a volcanic stratum … Read more   Read more

North America History Preservation
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Montana – In search of dinosaur fossils and gold from Missouri River to Zortman

 Tonya setting plaster cast on new dinosaur fossil.  Photo:  Ian FitzpatrickWorld Footprints takes you on a unique journey as we explore the life and work of a paleontologist.   We'll travel through Montana’s Missouri River Country to search for dinosaur bones and we'll spend time to pan for gold.  First, we’ll … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Off the Beaten Path History Preservation
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A day out amongst the white lions of Johannesburg

By David Matanga

  Photo:  Richard Gillin I have lived in Johannesburg for the last 5 years. I have stayed in the northern part of the city and I always passed the intersection where a large wooden lion sculpture stands commandingly above the traffic. But this is Africa. Lions and elephants are nothing … Read more   Read more

Africa Adventure Preservation
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Exploring Palm Island and Tobago Cays Marine Park

Golden Mic award On today’s World Footprints we’re traveling through the southern Grenadines and will share the beauty and magic of this special part of the world. Our show originates from the beautiful Palm Island at the Palm Island Resort.  Palm Island is a private tropical paradise comprising only 135 … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Luxury Travel Preservation
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Walk where Jesus walked

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photo: S. Argun For Christians, few travel opportunities are as meaningful as the chance to visit Israel and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Even those who do not consider themselves Christians can enjoy the ancient history and stories behind these moving sites. Jerusalem Within the … Read more   Read more

Middle East History Preservation
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Discovering small treasures on St. Vincent

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Fisherman pulling in their catch on St. Vincent.  Photo (c) Tonya Fitzpatrick. On the grand scheme of world travel, the small island of Saint Vincent can be easily overlooked  because of more developed islands or more convenient travel options.  One could argue that this area of the world is a … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic History Preservation
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The Azores – A little-known European destination

By Jackie Jones

The Azores is somehow forgotten European tourism destination. Lost in Atlantic the archipelago is a unique place. Hundreds of volcanoes, wonderful landscape and interesting architecture make it an interesting place to visit.   Read more

Europe Adventure Off the Beaten Path Preservation
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Live the History in Romania’s Sighisoara Fortress

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

One of the last inhabited medieval fortresses of Europe lies in a small Romanian town, deep into the wonderful land of Transylvania, a land of legends and myths. Unknown to many tourists, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most interesting attractions of Romania, with a history that … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path Architecture History Preservation
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Nazca Lines in Danger – Protecting the Ancient Geoglyphs

By Jackie Jones

The famous Nazca Lines in Peru remain a mystery. The geometric designs date back to 200BC and today draw the attention of tourists and archaeological enthusiasts. However, drastic weather changes as well as increasing visitor presence are threatening the lines.   Read more

Central and South America Landscape Preservation
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Exploring North Rhine – Westphalia

By Jackie Jones

The region around the confluence of rivers Rhine and Moselle is wonderful. There are castles, pubs, vineyards, simply things tourists are fond of. North Rhine-Westphalia is definitely worth visiting.   Read more

Europe Architecture History Preservation
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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
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Endangered Languages, Culinary Dreams and Sylvia’s Children non-profit

Every 14 days a language dies.  National Geographic author and renown linguist, David Harrison, joins World Footprints to discuss his latest book: The Last Speakers:  The Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Languages. Then celebrated personal chef to the stars, Chef Jermome Brown–a.k.a. Chef Rome, is fresh on the heels … Read more   Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Food & Drink Preservation

The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia

Meet "Brother" King from the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary on the island of Bequia and discover how he became an accidental champion of the sea turtle.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Volunteer Travel Preservation