As defined by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, heritage tourism is essentially traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent people of the past. Through storytelling, authentic experiences and cultural tours, travelers can examine the life and times of their family’s history or modern lifestyles of the region they are originally from.
With the growing interest in delving into our backgrounds and genetic makeup with services like Ancestry.com and 23andme, more families are discovering their heritage. This growing trend sparked curiosity in travelers, inspiring more individuals and families to visit the home country of their ancestors.
For those fortunate enough to have close family able to tell the tale of where their ancestors are from, discuss with them first and get the inside scoop on your family’s history. Take the test as back-up for any stories you may hear or if you’re unable to search that far back in family tree. The DNA test will lay out, in detail, where your genetic makeup comes from and from what regions of the world.
Once you’ve discovered where the majority of your genetic makeup hails from, begin planning your heritage journey. This can be fun to do with siblings, the kids and a spouse, or even as a solo trip.
If you need some direction getting started, Heritage Tours, an expert tour company based in New York City, offers custom-built trips with private tours and itineraries just for you, your friends and family.
Enjoy bespoke travel experiences by the first tour operator of its kind. With limited offerings, choose from some of the most sought-after destinations in the world including Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and sub-Saharan Africa. African regions include Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
Explore the incredible trip offerings showcasing your family’s unique background with truly extraordinary itineraries and experiences. Customize your trip based on your family’s needs, must-try interests and varied levels of mobility.
If your family’s original homeland isn’t listed, there are plenty of other tour options, like Tauck and TCS World Travel, to choose from operating all over the globe. Narrow down your destination and search for your own unique journey.
Many powerful and exceptional women have left a mark on the history of Slovenia, from Barbara of Celje, one of the most influential women of the 14th century, and Alma Karlim, an adventurous pioneer of her time who traveled the world with a typewriter, to Ita Rina, a celebrated actress from the 1920s and 30s. What better destination to celebrate International Women’s Month than a destination with a lot of her-story? Slovenia invites female travelers to explore its unique gastronomy experiences with friends.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
South Seas, located on Captiva Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, welcomes family travelers this spring break with two offers that include complimentary nights. The destination offers warmer temperatures, bright blue skies and the water, as well as the chance to take in some of baseball’s spring training games as Fort Myers is home to the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins facilities.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Germany is a fascinating destination with so much to see and do; each member of the family is sure to have an incredible time no matter what time of year you go. This may just be why Germany has been ranked No. 1 cultural travel destination in Europe for the past 10 years. This year, the country has even more reasons to make it a top family travel destination. Read on for three reasons why you shouldn’t miss this European destination.