Hi there!

My name is April and I’m so happy you found ‘Just Leaving Footprints’. Here’s a little about why I started this blog in the first place. I believe that jobs fill your pocket but travel fills your soul. I’m on a mission to see as much of this Earth as possible while taking care of it the best I can. My goal wherever I go is to ‘take only pictures, leave only footprints.’

blonde woman sitting on ancient wall
Appreciating the beauty of the Ex Convento del Desierto de los Leones, Mexico City, 2017

How I Got Bit by the Travel Bug

I grew up in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada and graduated from UBC Okanagan with my BA in Anthropology and Spanish. The moment that initially inspired me to travel was when my grade two teacher told my class about a trip she took to Africa where she saw a man walking a crocodile on a leash. Growing up in Canada this was something my seven year old brain thought was way too cool. My school had a volunteer trip for grade 11 and 12 students to Zambia and South Africa and I decided at the age of seven that I had to go! Grade 12 came around and I made my dream a reality. By this time my reasons for going were much more than wanting to see crocodiles. I wanted to make a difference and this was my chance. I had traveled a lot with my family leading up to this but after my grade 12 trip I was hooked and I have been traveling ever since.

Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand
Hanging out an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, 2015

Why I’m Passionate about Sustainability

The more I travel the more I realize how destructive humans are to the earth. For all the sparkling waterfalls I have seen I have also witnessed countless streams overflowing with plastic trash. Of all the gorgeous architecture I have appreciated and the cities I have explored, I have also been shut up indoors due to city smog. For all the animal shelters I have visited I have still seen tourists running to their next unethical animal encounter. And for all the wonderful people I have met I have still seen so many others being treated unequally.

Travel is one of the biggest ways we pollute the earth with carbon emissions. To combat this I choose travel by land (cars, trains, etc.) over flying whenever possible. When I do fly I offset the carbon emission by using Atmosfair. Since I travel so much I also cut down my carbon footprint even further by eating a strictly vegetarian diet with very little dairy. I also try to live with as little waste as possible. To find out more about how I live sustainably check out some of the articles below.

Thanks for Reading!

Thanks you so much for reading my blog, Just Leaving Footprints. I hope you find some helpful travel and sustainability tips and enjoy stories from my life abroad! Please get in touch with me here if you would like to work together or check out my photography on Instagram below!

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