Black History Month - Bust of George Washington Carver. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”

Moslih Eddin Saadi

No matter where you go, every place has a story and historical travel unpacks those stories.

From great struggles against oppressive forces to human ingenuity, the people and the places who have defined significant eras in human history move many to travel see where history was made. Travel through the historical places, see and observe what was then and how things are now. Every place has evolved over ages and become what it is today , hence you must visit history to understand the struggles and changes that came through with time.

Being able to walk where history was made, seeing the places that shaped legendary figures or experiencing life as our ancestors did, historical travel allows history to come to life in ways that transcend a history book.

Fort Monroe First African Marker. Photo: Patti Ferguson (permission granted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Preserving African American History

Many of the places where significant African American history occurred have been neglected and have gone unrecognized for the important role they hold in the fabric of American society.   Read more

United States History Preservation
Welcome sign to Greenpoint. Photo: Alexandra Fletcher

Greenpoint, Brooklyn: A Polish Neighborhood

By Alexandra Fletcher

One December night, I walked up the subway steps in Brooklyn after a rough commute and an exhausting restaurant shift. When I stepped onto Manhattan Avenue and looked up, all my gripes dissipated under a simple string of holiday lights that read, “Welcome To Greenpoint.”   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Ernest Green - "Little Rock Central High School" by Steve Snodgrass is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Revisiting the Little Rock Nine experience with Ernest Green

This event was the first experiment in school integration and came three years after the U.S, Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education landmark ruling…   Read more

United States History Humanity
Sunrise over the volcano complex of the Tengger caldera. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Chasing a Volcanic Summit and its Legend

By Sugato Mukherjee

The small village of Cemoro Lawang is perched on the fringes of an undulating stretch of fine volcanic sand. This is Laut Pasir which, in Javanese, means Sea of Sand. My hotel, Bromo Permai, has a charming lobby that overlooks this unsettlingly unearthly territory.   Read more

Asia Landscape History

Confronting Cannibalism Stereotypes in Papua New Guinea

By Cara Siera

I hate to admit it, but when we booked our trip, I didn’t even know where to find Papua New Guinea on the map. Our travel companions had selected the destination. But in the months leading up to our departure, I began to fall in love with a place that … Read more   Read more

Oceania Experiences History Indigenous
MLK Mem.jpg photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dreaming the DREAM

Enjoy the historic opening ceremonies surrounding the opening of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
Taken from a riverfront park on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Quincy, Illinois. U.S. Highway 24 is routed along the bridge in the background.

Quincy, Illinois: The Midwest’s Hidden Gem

By Hanna Muth

Located in western Illinois, on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, you’ll find my charming and welcoming hometown of Quincy. With a rich history, Midwestern hospitality, and a thriving arts scene, Quincy is Illinois’s best-kept secret.    Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History The Arts
Treasure Loop Trail heading to Superstition Mountain

Superstition Mountain Museum: Where Fact and Fiction Meet

By Breana Johnson

…if you find your way east of Phoenix and approach the small town of Apache Junction, the city lights melt away and the mountains rise to meet you. As cacti replace streetlights and horses replace sports cars, you might wonder if you’ve stepped back into the Wild West.    Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
National Geographic Society - View of the elephant's tusk

TODAY IN HISTORY: National Geographic Society is founded (Jan. 27, 1888)

On January 13, 1888, a small group of explorer and scientists, 33 in all, gathered at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. (A place where DC members of the famed Explorers Club, including World Footprints, meet today.) They proposed to organize a society “to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while … Read more   Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
LaGuardia Airport

TODAY IN HISTORY: La Guardia Airport Opens (Dec. 2, 1938)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opened on this day in 1938.  Located in Queens County on New York’s Long Island, the airfield was originally named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport but it was re-named after Fiorello H. La Guardia, a former mayor of New York City who presided over the airport’s … Read more   Read more

United States History
Women voting

TODAY IN HISTORY: The 19th Amendment (Aug. 26, 1920)

A mere 88 years ago, women had no Constitutionally guaranteed right to vote in elections. In January of 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced that he was supporting a new amendment to the US Constitution that would give women the right to vote. The House of Representatives passed the 19th amendment, … Read more   Read more

United States History
Muslim prayer-in Islamic country

Top 10 Things Westerners Should Do Before Travelling to an Islamic Country

By Mohammad Aamir Arafat

Islam is the second-most followed religion after Christianity. Out of the 195 countries on Earth, 56 have a Muslim majority and are governed by Muslims.   Read more

The World Insights Religious Travel History Humanity
Ging Tea House dates back to 1864. Photo: Bandita Mukherjee

Ging: Tea Trails in the Himalayan Foothills

By Bandita Mukherjee

Leaving behind the tourist-filled streets of Darjeeling and the lingering whistle of the steam engine of the Heritage Himalayan Railway, our car enters the Lebong Valley. It is a different world altogether.   Read more

India Food & Drink History
Niagara Falls View from Terrapin Point. Photo: Terri Marshall

Niagara Falls: An Intersection of History and Nature

By Terri Marshall

Formed during the Ice Age when large torrents of water released from melting ice drained into what is now the Niagara River, Native Americans would have been the first to witness the magnitude of Niagara Falls.    Read more

United States Landscape History
Exhibit inside the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Montgomery’s Civil Rights Story

By Kathleen Walls

Montgomery was the spark that lit the fuse on the long-simmering fight by African Americans for their civil rights. It began a movement that is still ongoing today.   Read more

United States History