Global Citizenship- Basket weaver in a Colombian village. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps full the dinner pail is valuable.”

― George Washington Carver

What does it mean to be a responsible traveler?   It means much more than just traveling light, recycling plastic bottles or even reusing your hotel bath towels.  Those things are great first steps but being a responsible traveler is a “heart action”.

Social responsibility has given a new dimension to tourism and people are indeed acting responsibly & changing the way they travel . A social responsible traveler has a heart for people.  He/she ensures that negative social, economic and environmental impacts are minimized and that positive footprints that enhance economic benefits for local people and host communities are the only thing left behind.

Bottom line, a social responsible traveler is a global citizen and ambassador for humanity. Whenever you visit any new place be aware of the impact of your actions and reactions, choose social responsibility and contribute in a positive way.

We entered the St Benedict Orphanage with a greeting of music by the children. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Visiting the St. Benedict orphanage on the island of St. Vincent

Even in the middle of paradise you can find poverty. That was somethings we witnessed while traveling through St. Vincent and the Grenadines. On one day we visited St. Benedict’s Day Nursery and Orphanage. Our visit was purposeful as we had brought a few supplies to share. It was also … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel History Social Responsibility

First Lady Michelle Obama during 2011 White House Christmas

First Lady Michelle Obama invited Gold and Blue Star Military families (and select media) to preview the 2011 White House Christmas Decorations. This year's theme is "Shine, Give, Share" – celebrating the countless ways we can lift others up through the joy of giving.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals Social Responsibility

Mobbed by cute squirrel monkeys in the Amazon

If you visit Isla de los Micos (Monkeys Island) in the Amazon and you have a banana in hand, prepare to be mobbed by a band of squirrel monkeys who are seeking a midday snack.  Note:  they also like shiny things and one guy tried to make off with my … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility

Celebrating Veterans Day, Chatting with Don Diamont and Christian Siriano, plus Maya 2012

In honor of our Nations’ heroes this Veterans Day, we are pleased to introduce you to animal trainer Clarissa Black, founder of Pets for Vets—an organization that serves both Veterans and shelter animals.  The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, … Read more   Read more

United States Fashion & Style Social Responsibility
Diving with a Whale shark

Diving and dining with whales at The Georgia Aquarium

During a travel writer’s conference in Atlanta, Georgia, Tonya and Ian enjoyed a dining experience among Beluga whales and Tonya hopped in the water to scuba dive with whale sharks and other species.  Enjoy some of the whale highlights.  Visit to learn more.   Read more

United States Adventure Family Travel Social Responsibility

First Lady Michelle Obama previews the 2010 White House Christmas Tour

We commence the start of the holiday season at the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama welcomes the military families who organize the Quantico and Anacostia branches of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive. She also describes this year's holiday theme and what visitors can expect … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals The Arts Social Responsibility
Frog on a lily pad

10 Tips to Responsible Travel

By Kathy Gerhardt

When simple actions – such as recycling, conserving water, and turning off the lights when you leave a room – help in making a difference for our environment, there is no reason one’s eco-friendly ways need to “take a vacation” when an individual or family goes on vacation.   Read more

United States Social Responsibility

Rajmohan Gandhi at the Embassy of Switzerland

A true global citizen and great friend of World Footprints, Rajmohan Gandhi is the grandson of the late Mahatma Gandhi and continues to carry on his grandfather's legacy. Rajmohan serves as President of the non-profit organization, Initiatives of Change, and on this night, the Embassy of Switzerland invited Initiatives of … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility

How Grassroot Soccer is transforming lives

The healing power of Grassroot Soccer in South Africa.   Read more

United States Sports Social Responsibility

Soccer and a “Survivor” Against Domestic Violence

Fans of the CBS prime-time reality show, Survivor will remember contestant Becky Lee from the 2006 Cook Islands season. She took her prize money and created Becky’s Fund, to raise awareness about domestic violence. Becky will talk about her social mission with the fund, and share some tips for making … Read more   Read more

United States Sports Humanity Social Responsibility

Rajmohan Gandhi at the Embassy of Switzerland, Part II

Rajmohan Gandhi's presentation at the Embassy of Switzerland continues. During Part 2, Rajmohan addresses some present challenges but maintains his belief that because we all share a common humanity, relationships will improve and the world will be a kinder place.   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility

LEGACY SHOW: Dance, Soccer & an Iron Chef for Humanity

Jana La Sorte, Executive Director of Urban Bush Women, talks about her dance company’s selection as one of three companies selected to inaugurate the U.S. State Department’s cultural exchange program called “Dance Motion USA.” Then, you will meet Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef and founder of the … Read more   Read more

United States The Arts Humanity Social Responsibility
bronze earth

LEGACY SHOW: Corporate Social Responsibility from the US-Africa Summit

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS.Tonya and Ian enjoy a conversation with Samantha Taylor from Reputation Dynamics.  Sam stops by to discuss corporate social responsibility during our live broadcast from the US-Africa Business Summit.     Read more

United States Social Responsibility

LEGACY SHOW: Volunteer Vacations 101

Rick Webster , VP of Public Policy at the US Travel Association, joins Travel’n On Radio to talk about the Travel Promotion Act and his Associations efforts to promote tourism in the United States.   Read more

United States Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility

LEGACY SHOW: Deep in the Heart of Amarillo, Texas

This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before rebranding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS.Famed for its Big Texan steak house—home to a 72 oz steak—you get eat for free if you can do so within an hour and its rodeo culture, Amarillo … Read more   Read more

United States Experiences Social Responsibility