Many people who travel abroad don’t just go to discover a place—they travel to discover themselves. And what better way to experience self-discovery than traveling to a place of your heritage?
Heritage tourism is the act of traveling and immersing yourself in the culture and heritage of a specific region. The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories of people of the past.”
Although you can participate in a heritage tour that has nothing to do with your own family’s heritage, one life-changing way to approach heritage travel is to visit a homeland or place tied directly to your own roots and history. (And if you have no idea what your heritage is, don’t worry—we can help.)
You may have just discovered your heritage through DNA—or maybe you already know your family tree and roots—and now you are ready to dive a little deeper into your family story. Heritage travel is one way to do that. We’ve provided some guides and suggestions uniquely tailored to your ancestors’ homeland that will help you explore your heritage while traveling.
You can learn more about your heritage through unique experiences, such as participating in a journey or pilgrimage your ancestors would have gone on, immersing yourself in living history attractions, or going on a study abroad.
If you can’t travel abroad right now, you can always learn more about your heritage right at home! Discover the story of your ancestors’ homeland, or learn more about your unique family story with a free FamilySearch account.
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