World Footprints’s mission: World Footprints is a socially minded travel media company that bridges differences, fosters cultural intelligence, captures the essence of a destination, and inspires meaningful travel. We invite our readers to examine the cultural roots of a destination, to view a locale with a new mindset, and/or to explore travel through a specific interest or social cause. We seek to share stories that spark curiosity and shift points of view.
Audience: World Footprints speaks to avid travelers of all ages who bring a sophisticated understanding of the world to their trips. Our readers recognize that we all share a common humanity but are interested in exploring and understanding differences through authentic accounts of a country, city or region, and the people who live there.
Story Topics: Offering more than just travel advice, World Footprints provides written, audio and video accounts of behind-the-scenes experiences and human-interest stories. We want our listeners and readers to have an authentic, vicarious travel experience through our website. Stories need to reflect World Footprints mission of socially minded travel either explicitly or implicitly in its focus.
We welcome story pitches as well as articles written on speculation. Sorry, but we are only able to respond to queries that interest us. Before pitching a story or story idea, evaluate it against our guidelines and check our website to make sure we haven’t already covered the same topic. New content must fit within one of our four core areas:
- Compass (destination articles that offer unique perspectives)
- Travel by Design (special interest/niche travel)
- Cultural Heritage (the people and things that have influenced the personality of a destination)
- Global Citizenship (stories that focus on important global issues)
What we don’t want:
- No sweeping generalizations or stereotypes.
- No clichés.
- No guidebook summaries.
- No duplicate article published elsewhere.
Word count: Articles should average between 800–1,200 words. No submission should exceed 1,500 words.
Editorial Process: Please make sure articles are checked for spelling and grammar before submitting. World Footprints has the right to refuse to publish a piece if the quality of the writing is not satisfactory. Articles may be extensively edited. We reserve the right to ask questions for clarification or further information, ask for sources included in an article, or request revisions or review of articles.
Photos: Please advise if you can provide original images to accompany your story. We are also open to photo-essays that tell a story. We reserve a right of use only for photos.
Linking policy: Authors are allowed to include a link to personal websites in the short biography the follows the article.
Rights & reposting policy: We buy all rights to articles and will not purchase an identical piece that has been published elsewhere. Writers may repost content on their blogs, websites, and social media sites if they have a link back to the original article.
Press Trips & Payment: While we will accept content that resulted from a hosted press trip we require disclosure of the hosted trip and objectivity. World Footprints will not provide assignments or pay for any travel or expenses.
Payment will be issued via PayPal fourteen (14) business days following the posting of writer’s article. Include PayPal address at the time of submission. Payment is $40 + $0.30 (for PayPal fee).