“Take only memories; leave only footprints.”                – Chief Seattle

Traveling to see the buildings and artifacts of human history that would otherwise be lost to father time has inspired a travel niche build 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 preserving the past can sustain tourism.  Preservation not only keeps building here for future generations, but provides a way for culture and history to flourish.


The Oxalis Morada is indigenous to the Galapagos Islands and many regions of South America. Photo: Brent Cahill

Indigenous Food Travel: A Culinary Postcard

By Ann-Marie Cahill

While many of my friends have turned to books or television documentaries, I have been exploring the world of culinary travel — but not just for cooking recipes. I found inspiration in the preservation of Indigenous food. And that has me planning my next adventure.   Read more

Oceania Food & Drink Indigenous Preservation Social Responsibility
wild bison

Bringing Back the Wild Bison to UK Woodlands

According to the Worldwide Wildlife Foundation, the United Kingdom (UK) is one of the regions in the world where nature is diminishing. This has led to the dwindling of wildlife in the UK with several species of wildlife nearing extinction. The Bison is a species that is nearing extinction in … Read more   Read more

Europe Preservation
Aran island, Ireland

Aran Mor: Reliving a Traditional Way of life in Ireland

By Derek Cullen

For many visitors, it comes as a surprise that two languages are spoken in certain parts of Ireland. That is to say, Ireland is predominantly an English-speaking country but specific pockets known as “Gaeltacht” regions use Gaelic (Irish) as their spoken tongue. Now, that’s not to say these locals will … Read more   Read more

Ireland History Preservation

Perspectives on American History and Culture

Imagine a bi-partisan dinner with U.S. Senators and Representatives at the Library of Congress with leading contemporary historians and a billionaire patriotic philanthropist.  Then image an evening of enlightened discussions about American history without the presence of media or political jockeying. This is the setting of the Congressional Dialogues that … Read more   Read more

United States Insights History Preservation
Koala bear in Australia

Australia Wildfires Have Implications Worldwide

As Australia’s wildfires continue to rage on, the massive blaze may have an impact on the entire world.    While the rainfall the area received was celebrated, NASA expects the fires’ smoke will make a complete circle around the world. It’s already being seen in the New Zealand region, turning … Read more   Read more

Oceania Preservation

Endangering Gorillas is a Consequence of the Gram

On gorilla treks tourists are always advised to take photos from a safe distance and not worry about the Gram because they are leaving more than footprints.   Curious adventure travelers are not heeding the rules many continue to get close to gorillas for the Gram but these irresponsible travelers … Read more   Read more

Africa Preservation Social Responsibility
Visitors to the Taj Mahal.

Indian Government Plans to Open Taj Mahal at Night

The iconic white marble mausoleum intricately decorated with motifs and calligraphy may be one of the world’s most recognisable sights, but being such a beautiful building comes with its own set of problems. Overcrowding has long been an issue for the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, but will opening the … Read more   Read more

Asia Architecture Preservation
Ayers Rock, Uluru, Australia

Uluru: Why Climbing is Bad for Australia’s Heart

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Over the last few months, there has been a mad rush of tourists to the heart of Australia: Uluru.  The majority of tourists are eager to see the giant rock and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of the heritage around them. Others, however, are determined to climb atop and stake … Read more   Read more

Oceania Preservation
Jaipur in Rajasthan

5 Recently Added Sites To The UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List

Since 1972, and under the designation of UNESCO World Heritage sites, the United Nations has been tirelessly working to protect many beautiful spots across the globe. Now, the list gets even bigger with new sites in Canada, India and Japan, in which the UNESCO dubs them as belonging to the … Read more   Read more

History Preservation
Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Desroches Island Is One of Several Homes For Giant “Dinosaur-Looking” Tortoises

If you ever saw an Aldabra Giant Tortoise, you’d think it was a dinosaur, as they look as if they came from another time period. And, it’s possible that’s true. After all, they can live to be more than 100 years old and weigh up to 300 pounds. Of course, … Read more   Read more

Africa Volunteer Travel Preservation
Coral Reef project in the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Beybe

The Coral Rehabilitation Project Reviving the Maldives Reefs

By Bianca Caruana

The Maldives islands are home to more than a thousand coral reefs, vibrant ecosystems that provide a home for marine life. The coral reefs of the Maldives’ 26 atolls offer striking underwater exhibitions of colorful fish and oddly-shaped fauna to holidaymakers who visit this stunning destination. However, in recent years, … Read more   Read more

Asia Volunteer Travel Preservation

Living in Mexico, Exploring North Korea, Malta and Barbados

Enjoy a transformative travel experience as we travel to North Korea, Malta, Mexico and Barbados. Wendy Simmons is an intrepid traveler whose solo adventures have taken her from Ethiopia to North Korea and beyond.  She joins World Footprints radio to share her wealth of travel advice and gives us a … Read more   Read more

The World Experiences Off the Beaten Path History The Arts Preservation
Bath, England on the river.

Amazing UK World Heritage Sites

By Ali Jennings

The United Kingdom is a country with a long and varied history, so it’s no surprise that it has a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most travelers heading to the UK usually visit only a few token destinations outside of London, so they miss out on these wonderful … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom History Preservation
Earth Day image

TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Earth Day (April 22, 1970)

On April 22th of each year, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day.  This day is regarded by many to mark the birth of the modern environmental movement. Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Wisconsin, was the principal founder of the first Earth Day. Senator Nelson hired a … Read more   Read more

Events & Festivals History Preservation Sustainability
Grand Canyon

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Grand Canyon becomes a National Park (Feb. 26, 1919)

Following the 1908 legislation President Theodore Roosevelt signed giving the Grand Canyon status as a National Monument, the United States Congress signed an act on February 26th, 1919, making Grand Canyon National Monument a National Park. The Grand Canyon National Park hosts over 4 million visitors each year who explore … Read more   Read more

North America History Preservation