“Learn to do common things uncommonly well; we must always keep in mind that anything that helps full the dinner pail is valuable.”               ― George Washington Carver

What does it mean to be a responsible traveler?   It means much more than just traveling light, recycling plastic bottles or even reusing your hotel bath towels.  Those things are great first steps but being a responsible traveler is a “heart action”.A socially responsible traveler has a heart for people.  He/she ensures that negative social, economic and environmental impacts are minimized and that positive footprints that enhance economic benefits for local people and host communities are the only thing left behind. Bottom line, a social responsible traveler is a global citizen and ambassador for humanity. 


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
Grinnell Lake from Grinnell Glacier Trail. Photo: Ali Wunderman

Glacier National Park: A beautiful place with an ugly history

By Ali Wunderman

It’s been a tough summer living right next to Glacier National Park. With international borders closed to U.S. travelers, Americans have set their sights on road tripping the national parks, especially in places of low population density, and by extension low COVID-19 cases.   Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
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Traveling and Reporting in a World with COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

By Sam White

The world has changed a lot in the last six months—which means we must change how we interact with it. Travel is different now. Journalism is different now.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
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Responsible and Cultural Travel in Montana

By Tara Tadlock

Whitewater rafting in crystal clear waters. Horseback riding through the tall prairie grass. Purple mountains as the backdrop for local craft breweries. Sounds like a dream, but it’s actually Montana.   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
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What to do about Racism and Bigotry as Travelers of Conscience and Culture

By Ian Fitzpatrick

With everything taking place in the world from the coronavirus pandemic, global recession, and America’s racial reckoning, even a brief escape from these problems can be an elixir for the body, mind, spirit, and soul.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping Insights Social Responsibility
Photo: Matilda Simas

A look through the lens of a humanitarian photographer

By Jessica Barrett

From long, uncomfortable trips to challenging accommodations, humanitarian travel isn’t typically glamorous. Massachusetts-based social documentary photographer and Capture Humanity founder Matilde Simas recently traveled to Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Uganda to explore the ways that children are exploited due to war.   Read more

Africa The Arts Social Responsibility
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How we all must travel differently once the world reopens

By Audrey Lim

It’s likely that all of us travellers can agree that we’re currently in a place in which we never thought we’d be. Staying at home when all we want to do is get out and explore the world is not our ideal scenario. COVID-19 has quickly brought the travel and … Read more   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
African Black Oystercatcher with Rainbow in Plettenberg Bay

A letter to my favourite country: We need to talk

By Kellie Paxian

As a traveller, South Africa is my favourite country in the world. I’ve been there three times over the past two years as a solo white female traveller, including January to March 2020, and I already can’t wait to go back. I consider Cape Town to be my spirit city, … Read more   Read more

Africa Social Responsibility
Interviewing Gip Gipson. He had some great stories to share.

Viewing Today’s World Through Journalistic Eyes: Can Travel Heal The Divide?

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

As travel journalists who happen to be people of color, we celebrate the cultures of the world. We share and acknowledge our common history—the good and the bad. We showcase the similarities we share and honor our differences. For years we have shared our love and appreciation for places that … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
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Global Solidarity for Black Lives Matter

By Sam White

The Black Lives Matter movement is an American-born movement that was founded after the senseless murder of Trayvon Martin resulted in his murderer, George Zimmerman, being acquitted and found not guilty of his heinous crimes in 2013. Gaining even more traction in 2014 during the historic events in Ferguson, Black Lives Matter became a … Read more   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
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World Footprints Stands with Black Lives Matter

By Ian and Tonya Fitzpatrick

Is it possible to heal amid soul-crushing events? From the violations of the Constitutional rights of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters, to the unlawful killings of black citizens–George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (and many more before them), to the global pandemic that is taking lives and undermining the … Read more   Read more

United States Insights Social Responsibility
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Let Your Children Soar: Teach Your Kids Responsible Travel

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Travel is the greatest educator. It provides the greatest opportunity to open our minds and give practical application beyond anything we could ever learn in a classroom. However, it is a complete package. With great travel comes great responsibility… or something like that. As travel-loving parents, that responsibility includes teaching … Read more   Read more

The World Family Travel Social Responsibility

Community, collectivity, and COVID-19

By Jennifer Richardson

The day before I left for Nepal on a one-way ticket, I was having dinner by the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok with a good friend. I took us to my favorite little restaurant in the city that serves Thai staple foods like tom yung soup and pad thai that … Read more   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility
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How to Spot Ethical Animal Tourism in Southeast Asia

By Lola Méndez

Help stop animal cruelty in Southeast Asia by avoiding inhumane experiences with captive animals—we’ve got the details on ethical animal tourism in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, including endangered species such as Asian elephants, sea turtles, and tigers. Travelers can witness … Read more   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility
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Travel Journalist Helen Hatzis, one of ‘Canada’s Nicest People’, on travel and life post-coronavirus

World Footprints sat down with fellow travel journalist Helen Hatzis, co-founder of Trip Jaunt, about the future face of travel for journalists and the traveling public post-coronavirus. Helen also talked about her community work including Aloha Toronto that earned her a Governor’s General Award and about the things that make … Read more   Read more

Canada Insights Social Responsibility