About This Show
Show Info: 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.