World Footprints:  The Story

Our Mission

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World Footprints:  The Story

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” 

-- Chief Seattle

World Footprints is a heart-centered Social Impact travel media company where travelers of conscience and culture can come for information, education and inspiration in the travel space.

From its inception in 2007, World Footprints has revealed untold narratives and has explored places that push beyond our comfort zones by opening a window to the world through powerful written and audio storytelling. It is through these stories that World Footprints helps people overcome their fears about traveling the world.

World Footprints was founded by Tonya & Ian Fitzpatrick, two media-savvy lawyers who have merged their passion for meaningful travel and their support for social justice. The multi award-winning World Footprints podcast is the cornerstone of the socially conscious company.

World Footprints continues to evolve but it is unique in its consistent illumination of our common humanity. The steadfast belief in our shared humanity is expressed in the foundational principle of Ubuntu, a Zulu word that translates “I am because we are” and also the Hindu phrase Tat tvam asi - “I see the other in myself and myself in others”. The philosophy of unity guides the impactful stories that are found throughout the World Footprints multimedia platform including the website, podcast and YouTube channel. 

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World Footprints offers a space for all voices to be heard and for fuller narratives to be shared even if they are uncomfortable because of the value those stories offer for growth and cross-cultural understanding.

In addition to the philosophical mission there are two prevailing messages that are amplified through World Footprints: the importance of ground-truthing--(finding your own truth about people and places in order to debunk misinformed opinions) and the transformative power of travel. 

Throughout its history, World Footprints has partnered with a number of non-profit and advocacy groups like the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.  It has also welcomed world figures, thought leaders and celebrities, such as Maya Angelou, Jack Hanna, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Ken Burns, chef Cat Cora and others to share unique insights on places and people.

Travel, culture, history and social impact are foundational to World Footprints.

Meet Tonya and Ian

Our Mission - Travel journalists Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Founders of World Footprints and Hosts of the multi award-winning World Footprints podcast are not typical travel journalists.

Travel has always been central to their lives. Read more

Founders

Tonya Fitzpatrick

Tonya Fitzpatrick

Co-founder

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Ian Fitzpatrick

Co-founder

Team

  • Terri Marshall

    Featured Writer, Managing Editor

    Based in New York City, Terri Marshall is an award-winning writer covering cultural travel, multi-generational travel, food, drink, road trips, cars and characters. From hanging out with penguins in Antarctica to fishing for piranhas in Peru, Terri’s always up for an adventure. Publication credits include AARP, SheBuysTravel, Girl Camper, Island Soul, Chilled, A Girls Guide to Cars, Alaska Business Magazine, North Hills Monthly, Around Wellington and more. Connect with Terri and see more of her work and radio appearances at www.trippingwithterri.com.
  • Edward Cole

    Producer

    Edward Cole is a professional photographer, videographer, editor, and on-air personality, with over 20 years of broadcasting and production experience. Currently, Edward is wearing many hats, as he’s a photographer/videographer for the Arizona Cardinals, Instant Replay Lead for the Arizona Coyotes, and Lead Photographer/Videographer for the Experience Tanner Ministry Team at Historic Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Edward’s very passionate about taking photos, and videos, and editing them in a way which draws the viewers in and tells them a very unique story with each piece of content. When Edward’s not busy in front of his laptop, he enjoys playing video games, and tending to his six chickens: Lucy, Polo, Smoothie, Gina, Pinky and Bombshell. Follow and contact Edward on Instagram and on Twitter.

Advisors

  • Sangeeta Waldron

    Advisor

    Sangeeta Waldron has a rich cultural background – born and raised in London, then going on to complete her University life in India.  She is also widely travelled. Today, Sangeeta is a recognized, respected, award winning Public Relations and media professional with over two decades’ worth of publicity, branding, communications, crisis management, media and social media experience.  She is a frequent speaker and spoke alongside the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan in December 2017 about being both a London and a woman in business. Sangeeta started out her career writing speeches for previous UK Prime Ministers and Ministers and has also worked at the top level with big, powerful global brands such as the Economist Group; The Times; Cass Business School; including charities such as Breast Cancer Campaign. She now runs her own successful London based PR agency, Serendipity PR and Media, working internationally across business, arts, culture and books in growth markets. Her cross-sector approach transcends geographies and cultures. Until recently, Sangeeta was a contributing editor for Justmeans.com, part of 3BL Media, the largest global news platform on sustainable business news and corporate social responsibility, where she interviewed the Director General of the UN Geneva; Marcus Shingle, CEO, XPRIZE; Alastair Campbell, former adviser to previous British PM Tony Blair and many other high-profile influencers. Sangeeta sits on different boards including the Federation of Small Business’s (FSB) Diversity Taskforce and previously was Chairman of Alternatives, which hosts all London’s wellbeing events with leading names such as Deepak Chopra, Russell Brand, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and more. Follow Sangeeta on Twitter: @SangeetaWaldron; connect her on LinkedIn. http://www.serendipitypr.co.uk/
  • Eliza Amon

    Advisor

    Eliza Amon is a seasoned journalist and editor with a deep passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail. As the former editor of World Footprints, Eliza was instrumental in guiding the magazine’s editorial direction, curating impactful stories that resonated with a global audience. Her leadership helped World Footprints become a beacon for insightful, culturally rich travel journalism, celebrating diversity and the power of travel to connect and transform us. Eliza has published in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine and Bloomberg News among others.  She currently lives in Seattle where she is thrilled to have the opportunity to discover new adventures in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Michele Bisceglie

    Advisor

    Michele Bisceglie is Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives for SCG Legal, a worldwide network of 120+ independent law firms dynamically connected across 60+ countries, as well as Principal/Founder of Butterfly Communications, a boutique consultancy that devises and implements targeted acquisition, retention, and expansion strategies for nonprofit and for-profit organizations with local to global impact. She has three decades of experience executing multifaceted business development, marketing, communications, sales, and/or fundraising initiatives for entities such as Legal Sales & Service Organization, LawVision, CEO Connection, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now Dentons), Nixon Peabody LLP, Wiley LLP, Historic Charleston Foundation, Jekyll Island Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, ClubCorp (now Invited), Leadership Louisville Center, and SchenkelShultz Architecture. This exposure to a wide variety of business situations has nurtured Michele’s ability to adapt quickly to diverse environments, establish trust with stakeholders from grassroots to board level, and creatively unite people toward advantageous outcomes. She is a graduate of The Wharton School’s Business Acumen for Executives Certificate Program and Georgetown University’s Executive Nonprofit Management Certificate Program; has earned a Master Coach designation through Legal Sales & Service Organization’s Coaching Advantage© Certification Program and a Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® & Project Management through Legal Lean Sigma Institute; is a member of the Editorial Board for Legal Sales & Service Organization, an alumna (Class of XXVI) of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series® through Leadership Indianapolis, and a lifetime Auxiliary Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3137. Michele holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication (Journalism) from Purdue University.