World Footprints LLC

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World Footprints is a heart-centered Social Impact travel media company where travelers of conscience and culture can come for information, education and inspiration in the travel space.

From its inception in 2007, World Footprints has revealed untold narratives and has explored places that push beyond our comfort zones by opening a window to the world through powerful written and audio storytelling. It is through these stories that World Footprints helps people overcome their fears about traveling the world.

World Footprints was founded by Tonya & Ian Fitzpatrick, two media-savvy lawyers who have merged their passion for meaningful travel and their support for social justice. The multi award-winning World Footprints podcast is the cornerstone of the socially conscious company.

World Footprints continues to evolve but it is unique in its consistent illumination of our common humanity. The steadfast belief in our shared humanity is expressed in the foundational principle of Ubuntu, a Zulu word that translates “I am because we are” and also the Hindu phrase Tat tvam asi – “I see the other in myself and myself in others”. The philosophy of unity guides the impactful stories that are found throughout the World Footprints multimedia platform including the website, podcast and YouTube channel. 

World Footprints offers a space for all voices to be heard and for fuller narratives to be shared even if they are uncomfortable because of the value those stories offer for growth and cross-cultural understanding.

In addition to the philosophical mission there are two prevailing messages that are amplified through World Footprints: the importance of ground-truthing–(finding your own truth about people and places in order to debunk misinformed opinions) and the transformative power of travel. 

Throughout its history, World Footprints has partnered with a number of non-profit and advocacy groups like the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.  It has also welcomed world figures, thought leaders and celebrities, such as Maya Angelou, Jack Hanna, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Ken Burns, chef Cat Cora and others to share unique insights on places and people.

Travel, culture, history and social impact are foundational to World Footprints.


Caption: Slave Memorial on Martinique, Credit: Tonya Fitzpatrick
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World Footprints shines a light on black history with unique stories from America and beyond.

Caption: Anietra and Ian attempting to leave India without being noticed, Credit: Anietra Hamper
3 Pieces

What was meant to be a four-week writing assignment to Nepal and India for veteran journalist Anietra Hamper, turned out to be an absolute nightmare for her and her traveling companion, Ian Henderson.

Caption: NATJA logo, Credit: NATJA
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In this first episode we profile Helen Hernandez, CEO of the North American Travel Journalist Association. We explore her humble beginnings to her rise in the travel industry with a detour through Hollywood.

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26 Pieces

World travel news from the topical to the quirky is provided in a polished format in 3 minutes.


Caption: Bruce Poon Tip in the Amazon, Credit: G Adventures
Join our discussion about the transformative power of travel and the fifth gear that drives success with Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures.

  • Added: Nov 14, 2021
  • Length: 38:20
Caption: Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard is where the Wampanoag Tribe has settled.
Hear the stories few are sharing about Martha’s Vineyard—from the Deaf Heritage Trail, African American Heritage Trail and beyond.

  • Added: Sep 28, 2021
  • Length: 27:57
Caption: Martha's Vineyard Shearer Cottage Guests is part of the African American Heritage Trail, Credit: Courtesy Lee van Allen/Shearer Family
How should we think about history when there's nothing to support a narrative?

  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 30:00
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Travel vicariously through author Karen Gershowitz’s compelling stories as she gives us an up-close, often humorous look at the defining moments th...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2021
  • Length: 28:41
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There are many accidents, illnesses and medical mishaps that happen when we’re traveling and now we are adding COVID to the list. But the Travel Do...

  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 27:32
Caption: Kimberly Stone
See the world differently as we explore travel and beauty through the eyes of a gifted BIPOC plus-sized model.

  • Added: May 18, 2021
  • Length: 15:14
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Spirit circles, graffiti, brothels, assassinations and Sony Bono are just a few of the backstories behind JoAnn Hill’s new book, Secret Washington ...

  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 33:36
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One of America’s first Black female Marines talks about boot camp below the Mason-Dixon line, military service, her inspirational life journey and ...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 40:42
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This show illuminates the intersection of the California winegrowing industry and environmental activism.

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 22:50
Caption: Phyllis Wilson's Military headshot
Phyllis Wilson, a retired Army veteran of 37 years and President of the Military Women’s Memorial Foundation, joins us to talk about the Memorial a...

  • Added: Mar 23, 2021
  • Length: 42:48