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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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Inside the Calgary Stampede and Siksika Nation

 World Footprints will take you inside “The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth”—the Calgary Stampede.  Cowboy up and hitch your horse to a chuck wagon as the Stampede’s Keith Rutherford shares the heritage of one of the signature events, the chuck wagon race.  Then meet the young Canadians who charm their way … Read more   Read more

Canada Adventure Insights Sports Events & Festivals
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Make A Wish, Adventure Travel Law, Globetrotting Lessons

Travel is one of the most transformative life experiences anyone can have.  It can renew one’s energy, bring immeasurable joy, even inspire a life’s direction and encourage hope.  The Make A Wish foundation understands the power of travel.  Since 1980 the organization has granted over a quarter of million wishes … Read more   Read more

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Around Mackinac Island and Destination Speed Dating at #SATW

Approaching Mackinac Island by ferry.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick Mackinac Island, named by Native Americans for its shape as a turtle, is a northern Michigan island made famous by the Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour movie, “Somewhere in Time”.  Just as the Victorian-period movie reflected, Mackinac Island has maintained its old … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Off the Beaten Path
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Chatting with actress/singer Gloria Loring and Cruising the Amazon

Actress/singer Gloria Loring.Fans of the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives" (DOOL) will enjoy another one of our conversations with actress, singer and author Gloria Loring who played Liz Chandler for seven years on the soap opera.  Gloria spends some time today talking about her spiritual autobiography "Coincidence is God's … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Cruising Insights Literature & Music Sustainability
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Exploring Israel on foot, Dr. Seuss’s humanity and preserving Eritrean culture through Art

This show reflects an appreciation for culture through the arts–writing, fine art and Dr. Seuss's illustrative art.NBC News correspondent and former Middle East Bureau Chief, Martin Fletcher, joins World Footprints to share his new book, Walking Israel.  Fletcher’s book chronicles his adventures and insights as he walked along the coast … Read more   Read more

The World Insights History Humanity
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A conversation with Maya Angelou and revisiting Detroit

In what would become one of her final interviews, World Footprints enjoyed a intimate chat with “Global Renaissance Woman” Dr. Maya Angelou.  Dr. Angelou shared some wisdom, insights and stories from her incredible life’s journey, including the transitional relationship with her mother Vivian Baxter.  Her mother shared messages of courage, hope, forgiveness … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Literature & Music
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Traveling with National Geographic TV’s “Diggers”

ake you on a journey as we explore the artifacts from America’s greatest family battles, discover a catalyst for promoting Latin American arts and culture, and take a sip of sustainable California wines (yum!).   Read more

United States Insights History Sustainability
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Grammy-nominee Rene Marie sings Eartha Kit and Cheetah Conservation

Rene MarieWorld Footprints will walk in the footprints of two socially-conscious guests–a Grammy-nominated singer whose musical talents led her to change her life and live her passion, and we'll welcome back a good friend whose efforts are savings one of the most graceful and beautiful big cats on our planet.Rene Marie … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Literature & Music
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Black Patriots and Global Learning

World footprints showcases positive footprints around the world with today’s guests.  Dr. P. Bai Akridge talks about the importance of study aboard programs and how students can discover their potential through global learning.  Frank Martin, producer of the PBS documentary, For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, and Bill … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Study or Teach Abroad Social Responsibility
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Eco-couture, Green Dubai & Stone Walls by Ansel Adams protege

Today on World Footprints we’ll contemplate the personal boundaries of Stone Walls with Ansel Adams protégé, photographer Mariana Cook.  We’ll also look at the fusion between eco-friendly couture and glamour.  We’ll talk to one traveler about her initiatives to fight human trafficking and we’ll learn about Dubai’s progressive sustainable initiatives. … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Sustainability
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Actress Kate Linder, Peace through Tourism, Girlfriend Getaways and Mancations

Actress Kate Linder, best known for her role as Ester Valentine on The Young and the Restless (CBS Daytime), also travels for a living as a United Airlines flight attendant. Really! Kate didn’t leave her daytime job even after landing the popular role on Y&R. She takes a break from … Read more   Read more

United States Adventure Experiences Insights

Venus Williams offers recipes for success

World Footprints has enjoyed interviewing many celebrities and newsmakers who epitomize global citizenship at its best. From David Rockefeller, Jr. to director Ken Burns, actress Stefanie Powers and more.We had the pleasure of meeting tennis great Venus Williams and her sister Isha at the National Press Club. Venus talked about … Read more   Read more

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BOOK CLUB: Tales from the Tarmac

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at our world’s airports, you’ll enjoy today’s book club reading “Tales from the Tarmac”.  Author Claudia Oxee is a former runway model turned airline industry aficionado and her new book offers great insight into the crazy world of airport terminals … Read more   Read more

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Local culinary finds by Tonya on WUSA 9 television

Tonya appeared on W*USA 9 TV to share two culinary destinations in Washington DC: “A Taste of Iceland” at DC Coast Restaurant and “DeLightful” (lowcal French menu) at the Sofitel’s ICI Bistro. Join her as she continues to share the culinary treasures found around the world.   Read more

United States Insights Food & Drink

Peter Greenberg offers common sense international travel tips

While covering the Travel and Adventure Show in Washington, D.C., we met Peter Greenberg who stopped by for an interview and also shared some important travel tips for the audience.  This clip showcases things we should know when traveling internationally. Make sure to listen to our interviews with Peter on … Read more   Read more

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