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

Paris with my mom and sister 2007
A blurry shot of walking through the rain in Paris with my mom and sister in 2007. Photo by my dad.

I grew up in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada and graduated from UBC Okanagan with my BA in Anthropology and Spanish. I took Anthropology and Spanish due to my love of travel, but how did it all start?

I think my parents are the ones who really made me fall in love with travel. Growing up my dad was always talking about the times he lived and backpacked through Nepal. Meanwhile, my mom, would tell us stories about when she lived in England for Bible college.

My parents took us camping every single summer in various places around BC, the most popular one being Pioneer Pacific Camp on Thetis Island. We also grew up going to Whistler every Christmas to stay at my grandparents’ cabin. Other than that, my parents also took us to Mexico, Scotland, England, Wales, Greece and France.

Hearing their stories and starting to see some of these places for myself made me fall head over heels in love with traveling and I haven’t stopped since.

Why I’m Passionate about Sustainability

Algae and Airplanes
This photo is of a smog filled sunset I witnessed in Mexico City, 2018.

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. 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, and when I do fly I offset my carbon. 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/travel more 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!

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