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  • World Footprints stows away with travel writer and PBS TV host Rick Steves as he shares his new book, "For The Love Of Europe" and how travel is an antidote to the purposeful dumbing down of American society. This interview shows a different side of Rick Steves and our conversation explores the responsibility and place in the world that Rick believes he occupies. Rick discusses why travel is important to educational development and global citizenship. Our conversation is thoughtful and provocative in parts and it shows a side of Rick that is not frequently seen. The more you learn about this world...the broader your viewpoint gets...the more you celebrate diversity...Rick Steves Until we are free and safe to travel again we can explore Europe and beyond through Rick's stories. (We promise you'll be entertained.) We can also discover how we think about the importance of travel as well as how [...]

  • Author Janet Cheatham Bell has lived through both the Civil Rights Movement and today's Black Lives Matter movement. She joins World Footprints to share her thoughts on the progression of racial equality in the United States. Janet is also the mother of W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN's United Shades of America. She offers some insights from her son's show and her cameo appearance on the season premiere. "Traveling to other countries was liberating because I learned that people are the same everywhere…being human is the same everywhere and it has nothing to do with color or culture."Janet Cheatham Bell Janet also talks about the important role travel has played in her life and she shares what country touched her soul and opened her eyes to humanity. Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jhq0URAvailable on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36qdiQpAvailable on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3icFl7T

  • In her new book, You Call THIS Democracy? author Elizabeth Rusch illuminates undemocratic elements plaguing American democracy.  She also offers international comparisons and provides insights into how American democracy is viewed from abroad. “You Call THIS Democracy? gives us a clear look at the problems we face in our politics today…and it is an important read for anyone interested in our politics.”Hillary Rodham Clinton "You Call THIS Democracy? is vital to understanding how our democracy really works. This book will enable readers to fully appreciate the challenges we face in preserving the integrity of future elections."Donna Brazile, FOX News contributor and political strategist As a prolific writer Elizabeth finds her greatest inspirations when she’s traveling.  She uses the Home Exchange program, a house-swapping network, when she travels because of the cultural immersive opportunities it offers. Most of her 20+ books have been inspired by her Home Exchange travel experiences. Explore the [...]

  • Why is it important for people of color to control their own narrative? How does preserving your story support historical truths? Ardre Orie is a publisher, social activist, and ghostwriter who helps Black men and people of color discover the power of their voice. Enjoy a powerful and insightful interview with Ardre and learn about her publishing house, 13th & Joan, and 100 Seeds of Promise, a literary initiative she created that empowers men of color to document and publish their own narratives. Some of Ardre's clients have included A-list Hollywood actors, Grammy Award-winning artists, professional athletes and entrepreneurs. Her work has been featured on WH1, MTV, WE TV, Bravo, BET, Centric and more. Ardre joins World Footprints to discuss the power of storytelling, narratives on race and, of course, travel.

  • Many of us have been sitting idly by as we wait for restrictions and the stay-at-home orders that were imposed during this COVID-19 pandemic to lift. Meanwhile we've been snacking more and becoming stiff from being sedentary. So World Footprints spoke to AFAA Personal Trainer and Venice Nutrition Coach, Neila Bond, who is running online fitness courses and nutritional coaching. Neila shared some easy-to-do exercises to help everyone (of all fitness levels) stay fit. To sign up for Virtual Fitness Training or Nutritional Coaching visit Neila's BOND GIRL FITNESS 007 group Neila Bond, has 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, 15 years in the wellness industry, and seven in the nutrition industry. She received a B. A. in Theater and Human Performance from the University of Toledo and holds National Certification as a Wellness, Nutrition Coach and Personal Trainer. Neila's expertise is in weight loss, weight management, and [...]

  • How does a travel writer and photographer keep the spirit of travel alive when COVID-19 has us stuck at home? She uses household items to build outdoor scenes--mountains, lakes, canyons and oceans--to create a photo series called "The Great Indoors". Erin Sullivan of Erin Outdoors took us on a tour around her miniature adventures. She also revealed what her "soul country" is. That is a term we created to describe a country that really speaks to your soul. Sit back, enjoy and please SUBSCRIBE if you like our work. #TheGreatIndoors ****************** Erin Sullivan is a photographer and writer passionate about the outdoors, meaningful travel, and living deliberately. She uses her platform, Erin Outdoors, to show the beauty and complexity of the world we live in, and to encourage genuine connection to the outdoors, culture, people and wildlife.

  • Travel journalist and Toronto-based Greek food tour operator Jim Bamboulis of Travel Mammal joins World Footprints to share the vibrant culinary scene and rich diversity of Toronto, Canada. Jim tells us that we can experience Greece in Toronto and essentially eat our way around the world in the city. Jim takes us on a special virtual tour of Toronto's Greek town and he tells us about a special opportunity he offers to help us taste a bit of Greece from anywhere. Jim also tells us how Toronto is dealing with the coronavirus and how this pandemic is affecting small business and the travel and tourism industry. *For more info about the food tours/gift bags, please visit TravelMammalTours.com. *For all how-to videos, podcasts and travel videos, YouTube.com/TravelMammal. *For everything marketing/social media related, TravelMammalMarketing.com. ****************** Jim Bamboulis has over 20 years of media production experience in the broadcast, digital and social media [...]

  • 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 her home town of Toronto special. Join us for a very engaging and insightful conversation with one of 'Canada's Nicest People' and hear who Helen would love to travel with. Ya' mon...you might be pleasantly surprised. ***************** Helen Hatzis is recognised as a 'rock n' roll'​ strategist by her peers who leads a purpose-driven life. A Governor General Award recipient for her extensive community work in the charitable and not-for-profit sector over the past 20 years, Helen was also recognized as one of Canada’s Nicest Person's by Roots Canada celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. She also received the Vaughan [...]

  • World Footprints speaks to Ayesha Tanzeem, VOA Bureau Chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ayesha provides some background into the region's COVID response and ongoing challenges. She shares information that hasn't widely been reported on outside of the Middle East. What you'll hear will be enlightening. *********** Ayesha Tanzeem heads VOA’s Pakistan and Afghanistan and Pakistan bureau based in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is one of a few foreign correspondents who have traveled to areas under the control and influence of the Islamic State militant group while it was at the peak of its power in eastern Afghanistan in 2015. Her reporting that brought to light tales of harrowing cruelty and suffering earned her the David Burke award for Courage in Journalism.        

  • We all have gifts that we are called to share with the world. Meet Ben Von Wong, a Canadian artist, activist, and photographer best known for his environmental art installations and hyper-realist art style. Ben is focused on amplifying impact with a mission to make 'impact' unforgettable. See for yourself as many of Ben's images will appear during his interview with World Footprints. ************* Benjamin Von Wong's work lies at the intersection of fantasy and photography and combines everyday objects with shocking statistics. It has attracted the attention of corporations, like Starbucks, Dell, and Nike and has generated over 100 million views for causes like ocean plastics, electronic waste, and fashion pollution. Most recently, he was named one of Adweek's 11 content branded masterminds.

  • Following our earlier interview with Johannes Syms from the Western Cape (Cape Town), South Africa, we interviewed a Johannesburg-based reporter, Anita Powell, to learn what is happening in that densely populated city. Some of what we learned about the healthcare concerns in South Africa surprised us. What didn't surprise us was how innovative South African scientists are being. Anita told us about the creative ways South Africa is lightening the burden on the country's health care system. She also shared some very exciting news about the coronavirus vaccine testing South Africa is conducting. Another thing that didn't surprise us was how South Africans were living by the philosophy of Ubuntu. ******************** Anita Powell is Voice of America’s southern Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg, South Africa, covering 15 African countries. Before officially joining VOA, Powell worked as a freelance journalist for the news agency, as well as other news outlets such [...]

  • What will travel look like post-coronavirus; especially for travel writers who make their living by traveling? We went to a travel journalist friend and colleague for answers. Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, editor and published author. He publishes multiple blogs and online magazines including Perceptive Travel – an online magazine for independent travelers. Tim splits his time between the continental U.S. and Mexico and it is from Guanajuato, Mexico where he joins us. ************** Tim Leffel is an award-winning travel writer, editor, and blogger. He publishes five online magazines and blogs including Perceptive Travel, the Cheapest Destinations Blog, and Hotel Scoop. He is the author of several books including Travel Writing 2.0, A Better Life for Half the Price, and The World's Cheapest Destinations, now in its fifth edition. He is a member of NATJA and SATW and is North American Conference Director of the Travel Bloggers Exhange [...]