If you’ve been following Travelnuity on Instagram or Facebook, you may have noticed that my husband, Joel, and I have been visiting a lot of UNESCO World Heritage sites on our current European trip. And wondered, why?
Joel and I have decided to try and visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world! The idea originally comes from Joel. He’s always been a history buff and loves to explore historical sites on his travels. Although I’ve also visited a lot of World Heritage Sites in my travels.
While we’ve heard of other people trying to visit every country in the world and are intrigued by the idea, there’s many countries we’re not really interested in visiting, just for the sake of ticking them off a list. Plus we don’t like the idea of just making quick visits to countries, we prefer to explore countries in more details. So, the idea of visiting and ticking off World Heritage Sites fits better with our travelling ethos.
Additionally, while many World Heritage Sites are popular tourist destinations (Venice is naturally on the list), there’s also plenty of lesser known ones that we otherwise wouldn’t have visited. These are sometimes the most interesting sites to visit, and explore why they’ve been listed.
At the moment, there’s 1052 World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO, although more (around 20) are added each year). Ironically, given that my husband came up with the idea, I’ve actually visited more sites (in particular ones in Australia). I’ve currently visited 99 sites, while Joel has visited a still impressive 84. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting my 100th site: the Historic City of Toledo, just south of Madrid, Spain.
If you want to follow along, head over to our website, WorldHeritageJourney.com, or follow our Youtube channel, World Heritage Journey. Joel has been making a video at every site we’re visiting (with me as the trusty camera operator). At the moment a new video is going up every 2nd day! So, keep watching, and follow us along!
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