Author Kellie Paxian on Hornby Island, British Columbia

How to find the magic in a place that wasn’t on your bucket list

By Kellie Paxian

Our plans of chasing our bucket list across the world in 2020 have been replaced by cancellations, quarantines, and an uncertain future. Many countries still have a ban on non-essential travel, and others have opened borders under strict restrictions. It’s safe to say that we travel lovers have had to … Read more   Read more

The World Transformative
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Air Travel Becomes A New Experience

The coronavirus pandemic has treated the world to new norms that have never before occurred. The total shutdown of essential services and normal life during the total lockdown directives and a massive meltdown of economies leading to job losses and restructuring of revenue streams are scenarios that have not been … Read more   Read more

United States Health & Wellness Safety
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Hope For A Partial Summer Holiday

Vacation planners who planned their 2020 summer vacation to sunny beach destinations like the Mediterranean and the Greek Isles months in advance can now start enjoying a partial summer vacation in some Caribbean Islands location. The optimism comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and some regions are still locked down especially … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Family Travel
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Back to my Roots: A Road Trip Brings Restoration and Hope

By Terri Marshall

As 2020 dawned, my travel calendar filled with big plans. The St. Olav Festival in Norway, gorilla trekking in Uganda, and truffle hunting in Croatia were among the adventures scheduled for the coming months. Sadly, those plans came to an abrupt halt thanks to COVID-19.   Read more

United States Family Travel
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Community, collectivity, and COVID-19

By Jennifer Richardson

I was living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, when the coronavirus became known around the world back in January.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility
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Discovering ‘The Great Indoors’ with travel photographer and writer of Erin Outdoors

How does a travel writer and photographer keep the spirit of travel alive when COVID-19 has us stuck at home? She uses household items to build outdoor scenes–mountains, lakes, canyons and oceans–to create a photo series called “The Great Indoors”. Erin Sullivan of Erin Outdoors took us on a tour around her … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure The Arts
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Travel’s New Normal

When travel writing is your profession, adjusting to a new normal of not traveling can be tough and even downright weird. The Covid Pandemic has caused massive changes in our daily lives and it has surely affected the way we used to travel then and now. The lifestyle changes have … Read more   Read more

United States Insights

Food and Travel – Experiencing Greece in Toronto with journalist Jim Bamboulis

Travel journalist and Toronto-based Greek food tour operator Jim Bamboulis of Travel Mammal joins World Footprints to share the vibrant culinary scene and rich diversity of Toronto, Canada. Jim tells us that we can experience Greece in Toronto and essentially eat our way around the world in the city. Jim … Read more   Read more

United States Food & Drink
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Traveling Post COVID-19: Focusing on Sustainable Tourism

By Terri Marshall

With the COVID-19 virus attacking our world, looking on the bright side seems like a daunting task. But as with every cloud, a silver lining emerges, and while it may not be visible to all humans, it is crystal clear for our planet.   Read more

The World Sustainability
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Re-entering the world with new footprints: Navigating the current landscape

By Kellie Paxian

The future is uncertain, but a few things are for sure. We still love to experience the adventures, landscapes, and cultures that our planet has to offer. None of us wish to go through another pandemic. And travel, as we know it, may never be the same.   Read more

United States
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COVID-19 Report from Pakistan and Afghanistan

World Footprints speaks to Ayesha Tanzeem, VOA Bureau Chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ayesha provides some background into the region’s COVID response and ongoing challenges. She shares information that hasn’t widely been reported on outside of the Middle East. What you’ll hear will be enlightening. *********** Ayesha Tanzeem heads VOA’s … Read more   Read more

Middle East Health & Wellness Insights
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Adopt a Backpacker: Seeking Refuge During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Ann-Marie Cahill

For many long-term backpackers, it has been a new adventure in survival and endurance as their usual fallback job opportunities have also been affected by the shut-down.   Read more

Oceania Backpacking & Camping
Statue of Nelson Mandela at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa.

COVID-19 report from Johannesburg, South Africa

Following our earlier interview with Johannes Syms from the Western Cape (Cape Town), South Africa, we interviewed a Johannesburg-based reporter, Anita Powell, to learn what is happening in that densely populated city. Some of what we learned about the healthcare concerns in South Africa surprised us. What didn’t surprise us … Read more   Read more

Africa Health & Wellness Insights

A Travel Editor’s perspective on post-corona travel

What will travel look like post-coronavirus; especially for travel writers who make their living by traveling? We went to a travel journalist friend and colleague for answers. Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, editor and published author. He publishes multiple blogs and online magazines including Perceptive Travel – an … Read more   Read more

The World Insights
New Normal - Guanajuato, Mexico monument

COVID-19 Report from Mexico

For weeks it seemed like Mexico wasn’t as impacted by COVID-19 as other countries around the world and, certainly, not as affected as it’s U.S. neighbor.  But what was happening in Mexico and how is the country handling the coronavirus pandemic today? Was Mexico just slow to respond to the … Read more   Read more

Mexico Health & Wellness Insights