Palladius Street in Byzantine Beit Shean National Park. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

–Aldo Leopold

Traveling to see the buildings and artifacts of human history that would otherwise be lost to father time has inspired a travel niche built 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 preservation of the past can sustain tourism.

Preserving our cultural treasures helps maintain these gems for future generations, and it provides a way for culture and history to flourish.

  • Aran Mor is arguably the most significant example that comes to mind and an island on which you can learn about the past, while enjoying everything it has to offer in the present.

  • 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.

  • 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 the UK. Its closest relative, the Steppe bison which inhabited the UK West Blean woods near Canterbury, England for thousands of years is currently extinct. The bison last roamed the same woodlands 6,000 years before and now Kent Wildlife and Wildwood Trusts are on the verge of bringing the bison back to the woods. Human activities on earth are responsible for the depletion of natural resources and nature. Efforts should, therefore, be made to restore nature and resources that are important for the survival of wildlife and mankind. Tree planting is one way of conserving the environment and habitats. However, [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 the sky into an ashy color and discoloring glaciers. By Jan. 8, the smoke had made its way to South America, where skies became hazy with technicolor sunsets and sunrises.  NASA believes the clouds that developed will make its way all the way back to Australia.  For now, the fires don’t appear to be slowing down. To date, over 17 million acres of land have been scorched, nearly 30 people killed, endangered 500 million animals and destroyed hundreds to thousands of buildings (homes and businesses).  If you plan to visit Australia, there is no reason to cancel the trip. In fact, [...]

  • 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 are also infecting the endangered species. There are close to 650 Instagram images of people getting about 20 feet away from the gorillas, with some of them touching these primates. This proximity means the gorillas as becoming infected, which can be deadly to them.  There has been a rise in the number of infectious cases in the gorilla population with the most recent example of human metapneumovirus infecting 11 apes in Rwanda. Two apes died due to the infection. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda and Rwanda have labeled the mountain gorillas as being endangered and estimated there are just [...]

  • 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 site to the public at night – as the tourism ministry has announced – help reduce this issue? Part of a nationwide project to open ten of India’s most popular tourist attractions to the public for much longer periods, there are plans to allow visitors to tour the Taj Mahal throughout the night. Currently the opening hours of the mausoleum are from 10am to 6pm, although tourists can visit the site in the evening on five specific nights per month – for the full moon and for two nights either side. Ticketing is massively restricted for these events, especially when [...]

  • Uluru is not just the geographical heart of Australia; it is considered by Indigenous Australians to be the spiritual heart as well.

  • 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 people of Earth no matter where they are located. Canada’s Writing on Stone The Writing on Stone in Canada is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred places and has recently been added to the UNESCO 's World Heritage List . Thousands of visits around the world come to check it out, marking it the 20th site in the country and the 6th for Alberta (where it’s located). The Writing on Stone includes pillars and hoodoos that have been sculpted into various shapes thanks to erosion. The Blackfoot people, which viewed the area as sacred, provided future generation [...]

  • 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, seeing the actual Aldabra is difficult due to the excessive number of restrictions put on visitors. Still, the Four Seasons Desroches is your best way to see the largest tortoises in the world. The hotel is found on the private Seychelle island of Desroches, which has a huge population of the reptiles – from newborns to more than 120 years old. The Island Conservation Society works together with the Four Seasons to care for them. To boost their numbers, these land tortoises were introduced back to Desroches, with the Aldabra being the only remaining wild population in the Indian Ocean. [...]

  • 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 preview of her book about her trip to North Korea.  She'll also share the outcome of a battle between a rat and her toothbrush. The island nation of Malta has been a melting point of cultures for centuries and it is home to some of the world's most treasured antiquities and world heritage sites.  But as Malta tourism representative Michelle Buttigeig tells us, Malta also has a strong Christian legacy and there is a lot of history still being discovered. Mexican pyramid Port Marasaxlokk, Malta Window of Saint John’s church in Barbados A few margaritas and a desire for something [...]

  • 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 young environmental activist, Denis Hayes, as the coordinator for the event. More than 20 millions American participated in the demonstrations. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency. By 1990, more than 140 countries around the globe starting celebrating this day. Every year on this day more than a billion people take pledge to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day. This special [...]