About This Show
World Footprints is a socially minded travel media company devoted to bridging differences, capturing the culture of a destination and inspiring travel. World Footprints shares travel stories and offers perspectives that go beyond the destination and touch the heart.
Whether it’s a little known aspect of a country’s culture or a social cause close to their hearts, travel journalists Tonya and Ian Fitzpatrick seek to share stories that spark curiosity and shift points of view. The Fitzpatricks’ many travel experiences typically leave a single impression -- no matter where one lives, the language spoken or the customs practiced – people are people. World Footprints was created to promote a respect and understanding of people and their differences, and to inspire travel outside their own environment.
Through their content-rich website (worldfootprints.com), the Fitzpatricks present behind-the-scenes information and human-interest stories in text, audio and video, offering more than just travel advice. World Footprints invites its visitors to examine the cultural roots of a destination, to view a destination with a different mindset and to explore travel by specific interest or social cause. It taps world figures and celebrities, such as Maya Angelou, singer/songwriter Theresa Andersson, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., chef Cat Cora and others to share unique insights on places and people. World Footprints’ content also includes interviews with experts from the advocacy, foreign policy and travel communities.
The Fitzpatricks began their love affair with travel and each other more than
15 years ago. In 2005 they set out to help people discover the joy of travel and opened a travel agency. The husband-and-wife team then parlayed their travel know-how and commentary into travel segments for local network television stations and a national cable show. By 2007 they caught the attention of a top Washington D.C. radio station to host their own travel program. Both published authors and attorneys, the Fitzpatricks have been recognized by professional travel writing and tourism societies for excellence in travel broadcasting. They have earned several awards from the North American Travel Journalists, the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s Lowell Thomas Award, and the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Golden Mic Award. They’ve also received an African Community Service Award and Tonya has been recognized as a Top Woman in Travel Media and an I.
Most Recent Episode
The Art & Architectural Renaissance of Lynchburg, Virginia
Join us as we explore Lynchburg’s history on an art and architectural tour including spotlight stops at the Point of Honor historic home and the Riverview Artspace.
Located in the center of Virginia, Lynchburg is within a day’s drive of most major east coast cities and it's a perfect place to begin an exploration of Central Virginia. But historic Lynchburg, the city on the hill, is undergoing an incredible revival. From new outdoor spaces, visual and performing arts to culinary arts and architectural restoration, Lynchburg offers iconic attractions within its vibrant borders.
Lynchburg is divided into several historic districts. We began our tour of Lynchburg in The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast—a beautifully restored 1878 Italianate mansion that’s located in the historic Daniel Hill district. Owners, Mike and Kathy Bedsworth take us on a historic tour of the property and area.
Then, we’ve all heard the story of Old Mother Hubbard who lived in a shoe. Lynchburg’s Craddock Terry Hotel takes living in a shoe one step further. Once the world’s fifth largest show manufacturer, Craddock Terry celebrates shoes daily in its shoe motif rooms. General Manager, Todd Swindell, tells us how Craddock Terry opens its laces and buckles to thousands of guests every year.
Next, Lynchburg is a city that remembers its past but keeps an eye on its future. Another important move towards the city’s future is the rehabilitation of the historic Virginian Hotel that, once completed, will be part of the Hilton’s Curio Collection. Developer Danny George tells us why this project ties in with the rehabilitation of the Academy Center of Arts and how it will transform downtown.
Finally, the restoration of Lynchburg’s Academy Center of Arts, also known as the Jewel of Main Street, is leading the arts revolution in the downtown. The Academy complex, anchored by the Academy of Fine Arts Music Theatre, also includes a studio theatre and the historic theatre that showcases an array of performances ranging from musical and theatrical performances to variety shows. Originally built in 1905, the Academy Center of Arts promises to be a regional centerpiece for the arts once restoration is complete. Dorie Smiley, Director of Operations, shared the Academy’s treasured past and looked towards its promising future.
Links to the attractions and other resources are available on WorldFootprints.com.
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