“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”               -Henry David Thoreau

From exploring galleries to museums, to attending festivals and visual arts exhibitions, art travel can fulfill and stimulate travelers on many levels.  Major cities around the world have museums housing the works of the great masters.  Cities such as Basel, Miami and Hong Kong host art fairs that draw thousands of collectors, curators and casual observers.   Even when part of a broader travel itinerary, art can energize and engage travelers in surprising and unexpected ways.


Cathedral in Coventry

Why You Should Visit Coventry at Least Once in Your Life

By Ali Jennings

Coventry doesn’t feature much on most people’s travel bucket lists. It’s a city that is known predominantly for being razed to the ground during the Second World War and then rebuilt in questionable design. It regularly makes the list of the least liked places in the UK. But things have … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Architecture History The Arts

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
An American solider being greeted by local children.

Washington DC’s GI Film Festival

As we celebrate this Memorial Day holiday we thought we would share some highlights from previous years coverage of the  G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C.  The GI Film Festival is the first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals The Arts
Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

By Eliza Amon

Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art. Museums and galleries dot the central area, particularly north of the Zocalo, the central plaza, but Oaxaca also has a thriving street art … Read more   Read more

Mexico Off the Beaten Path The Arts
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Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists. Often overlooked by tourists for its neighboring countries or a destination only for its capital Bratislava, the entire country is worth exploring. Here’s a guide … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
The narrow alley in the Souk des Ferronniers, in the Marrakech medina is lined with lamps and other crafts.

A Visit to the Marrakech Medina

By Ana Astri-O’Reilly

The reddish-pink ramparts around the Marrakech medina enclose a thousand years of history. The Almoravids, a confederation of Berber tribes, conquered North Africa and Muslim Spain in the 11th and 12th centuries and established Marrakech as their capital. The new city became a thriving political and economic center, as well … Read more   Read more

Africa Architecture The Arts
Philip of Macedon fountain in Skopje's main square.

Macedonia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

The Balkan countries in southeastern Europe are popular places to travel right now. Croatia has long had a reputation for being a top beach destination but now more travelers are waking up to the fact that the whole area has much to offer, from majestic mountains and pristine rivers to … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
The Dotty Wotty House as part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Artist’s Political Protest

By Kathleen Walls

Award-winning artist and sculptor Tyree Guyton started The Heidelberg Project in 1986 as a political protest after he returned to his old Detroit neighborhood, the Heidelberg area in the McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood, and found dereliction and debris. Drugs and crime made the neighborhood unsafe to walk even in the daytime. He … Read more   Read more

United States The Arts Preservation
British Museum in London, England

TODAY IN HISTORY: British Museum Opens (Jan. 15, 1759)

Sir Hans Sloane was a naturalist who had managed to amass an enormous collection of books, manuscripts, dried plants and antiquities from his travels. As he neared his death, he did not wish to see his collection broken up or, worse yet, forgotten. Sloane bequeathed his collection to King George … Read more   Read more

Europe History The Arts
The ‘I Amsterdam’ slogan in front of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Symbol of Mindless Mass Tourism Removed from Amsterdam

From colorful buildings to canal-lined streets, Amsterdam is a city that tourists travel from far and wide to photograph. However, one of its most photographed spots has most recently been brought down. Over the past fifteen years, tourists have been jostling in crowds at the red and white ‘I Amsterdam’ … Read more   Read more

Europe The Arts
Image of the Grinch

Exploring Jordan, Art of Dr. Seuss, Ken Burns

World Footprints will cross the border into the country of Jordan, uncover Dr. Suess’s social and artistic legacies and share one of our “Best Of” features with filmmaker Ken Burns. Although the country of Jordan is surrounded by “noisey neighbors” it is the safest country in the Middle East because … Read more   Read more

The World Experiences History The Arts Social Responsibility
"Love Out Loud" at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland. Photo: Daniel Baldwin

Washington DC: An Exploration of a Thriving Poetry Scene

By Daniel Baldwin

Poetry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Washington DC. Despite its storied literary history, diverse music communities, and world-renowned museum system, visitors and residents alike have trouble seeing beyond the shadow of Capitol Hill. But away from the divisive politics of downtown, … Read more   Read more

United States The Arts
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Following Dracula’s Trail, Paranormal Photography and Defeating Human Traffickers

Do you believe in ghosts or vampires? On today’s show you’ll meet two people that do—a paranormal photographer and a writer who traveled along dracula’s trail.   Read more

The World Experiences Off the Beaten Path The Arts Human Trafficking Social Responsibility

Spiral Jetty: Making the Trek to the Famed Utah Earthwork

By Eliza Amon

Seventeen miles down a gravel road that cuts through an empty expanse of desert to reach the northeastern edge of Utah’s Great Salt Lake is an enigmatic art destination that’s worth the pilgrimage. And pilgrimage it is. Robert Smithson’s environmental artwork, Spiral Jetty, is not someplace you happen upon. The … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Pea Island life-saving station. A historic site and museum. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Inside North Carolina’s Outer Banks

North Carolina’s Outer Banks offers everything from open-sea beaches, theatre, wildlife preserves and popular shipwreck diving sites to down home cooking and history. On today’s show we explore these barrier islands and put a spotlight on Thailand and Indonesia. The Outer Bank’s Roanoke Island was the site of the first … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History The Arts Sustainability