Transformative Travel

Transformative Travel

Butterflies transformative journey from caterpillar is like a colorful ballet.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

— Maya Angelou

Transformative travel is a great way to self-reflect and self-discover . The outer journey helps the inner you and bring some amazing changes to one’s life.

Travel offers one of the most transformative opportunities one can ever experience. There is not one person alive who has not been changed in the slightest of ways from a trip. Transformative travel can be any simple journey that you take to gain an insightful experience and helps you in growing as an individual. You may have never thought so deeply, but traveling to new lands can bring some powerful changes to you and your life.

This page shares some of the most poignant transformative experiences that have resulted from a trip.

Explore, be inspired and enjoy!

  • I, of course, was not the first to immortalize travel experiences in poetic form. According to The Cambridge History of Travel Writing, poetry is “inseparable from the experience and discursive fabric of travel.” Some of our most ancient texts, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer’s Odyssey are, in effect, “travel poems”—though they may be of imagined journeys and quests. 

  • Our plans of chasing our bucket list across the world in 2020 have been replaced by cancellations, quarantines, and an uncertain future. Many countries still have a ban on non-essential travel, and others have opened borders under strict restrictions. It's safe to say that we travel lovers have had to do some pivoting.

  • Transformational travel has been one of the biggest travel trends in recent years. Put simply, transformational travel is taking trips with the specific intent to experience something life changing in order to learn and grow as a person.

  • Leaving Canada for a three-week cultural adventure in China, I become infected with the travel bug that now fuels my future.

  • The greatest gift that travel affords us is the power to transform our lives. Travel is like an elixir for the soul. A single trip can change your life by giving you the space to embark on an inner journey towards personal growth and self-reflection.

  • The past year (and then some) has left most people responsibly stuck at home, abiding by travel restrictions and doing their part not to spread the virus. This has come with many challenges in the mental health realm that have made us realize just how important travel is for our wellbeing.

  • I first became interested in Pakistan when I was 9 years old. At the time, I was completely fascinated by all things South Asia.

  • Author James Whittaker joins World Footprints with inspiring lessons from transformational thinker Napoleon Hill that is based on his 1908 conversation with billionaire industrialist Andrew Carnegie. These conversations are annotated and edited by James Hill in his new book Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite: How to Unlock The Awesome Power of You. James is a Napoleon Hill scholar and more than a century after the Hill-Carnegie conversation, he worked with the Napoleon Hill Foundation on the release of Mental Dynamite to remind people that there are simple solutions to the problems troubling us most, everything from relationships and education to homelessness and even democracy. Every thought becomes a part of our character. Therefore, in due time, we remove all self-imposed limitations, and then we find ourselves on the highway to achievement, with nothing in our way. Andrew Carnegie James uses complementary annotations throughout the epic Hill-Carnegie conversation that formed Hill’s best-selling [...]

  • Our plans of chasing our bucket list across the world in 2020 have been replaced by cancellations, quarantines, and an uncertain future. Many countries still have a ban on non-essential travel, and others have opened borders under strict restrictions. It's safe to say that we travel lovers have had to do some pivoting.

  • The island of St. Maarten (Sint Maarten) is the common denominator in the stories of two different families whose lives were changed when they landed on the Caribbean island.  Join us to hear why St. Maarten was the backdrop to their positive life transformations. First, we’ll speak to Erik and Emily Orton about their decision to spend a year at sea with their five children.  The family of seven spent a year sailing from St. Maarten to New York.  The lessons they learned and the adventures they experienced are described in their book, Seven at Sea: Why a New York City Family Cast Off Convention For A Life-Changing Year On A Sailboat.  In their book, Erik and Emily remind us that we have the ability to customize our lives, regardless of our perceived constraints. Then, we’ll introduce travel writer Breana Johnson who lived as an American expat on the island [...]

  • World Footprints will journey inside the life of musician/actor Frank Stallone, we’ll also preview a film festival just for travelers and we’ll talk to the founder of the G.I. Film Festival. Frank Stallone knew he wanted to be a singer at an early age. Although he has joined his brother Sylvester on the big screen, music has been the driving force in Frank’s life and has earned him several Grammy and Academy Award nominations. Frank’s unique music style has paved the way for artists like Harry Connick, Jr., Rod Stewart and Michael Buble. New York played host to a new film festival that’s been created just for travelers. The Nomading Film Festival entertained, educated and brought to life authentic travel experiences. Co-founder Josh Wolff will take us a cinematic journey that is shared from the travelers’ perspective. The G.I. Film Festival is the nation’s most significant venue for screening military [...]

  • Our book club reading today, The Long Ride, is the story of a team of people who in 1989 traveled coast to coast on horseback to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s rainforests—an issue that was not on the radar of most people at that time.  It started in Los Angeles and ended 2963 miles away in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. A challenge of endurance, a statement of commitment to raising awareness about the plight of the Rainforest, The Long Ride tells of the extraordinary passion and perseverance of Lucian Spataro and his team, as he rode on horseback from coast to coast. In his second book about this historic cross-country journey, Spataro offers an honest, inspiring, comical and beautiful fusion between travel-log, advocacy and photo journal. Told with wit and eloquence, the story moves from the beaches and crowded streets of Los Angeles, across Death Valley and the [...]