Level up your travel with UNESCO

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World Peace Pagoda, Lumbini, Nepal
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Here’s the secret weapon: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Think of them as humanity’s greatest hits – cultural and natural wonders so incredible they deserve VIP status.

Planning another trip? Been there, done that, and captured the Instagram post, right? We’ve all fallen prey to the well-trodden locations and experiences, but what if you could transform your vacation from ‘been there, done that’ to a brag-worthy, experience-drenched odyssey that aligns perfectly with your travel desires?

The Pyramids of Giza? Legendary. The Great Barrier Reef? Dazzling. But that’s just scratching the (earth’s) surface, with over 1100 WHS scattered across the globe.

Imagine this: You’re soaking up the sun in laid-back El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. But instead of just another beach day, you discover the rice terraces of Banaue, sculpted into the mountainsides 2,000 years ago. Or, picture yourself exploring the bustling markets of Marrakech, Morocco and then crank it up by venturing to the captivating ruins of the Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a stunning example of earthen clay architecture.

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Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya

Not just dusty museums

Here’s the beauty: UNESCO’s list caters to a diverse range of travel desires. Craving an off-the-beaten-path adventure? Explore the otherworldly rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia, or trek the ancient Silk Road routes through the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Yearning for a cultural immersion? Witness the intricate mosaics of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna, Italy.

The real game-changer? UNESCO’s website is your ultimate travel hack. Pick your dream destination – that European backpacking adventure, the African safari you’ve been yearning for, the South American salsa trip. Then, with a few clicks, filter the WHS by region. BOOM! Suddenly, your trip goes from basic to beast mode. You discover hidden (well, not that hidden) sites waiting to be explored, all within striking distance of your original plans.

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neolithic temple, Xagħra, Malta

But UNESCO WHS aren’t just conveniently located detours that elevate your itinerary; they also align perfectly with the needs of responsible tourists. Here’s why:

Sustainable travel

Many WHS are actively managed to promote responsible tourism practices. Visiting them ensures your travel dollars contribute to the preservation of these treasures and empowers local communities that depend on tourism.

Authentic experiences

Forget the manufactured tourist traps. WHS offer a genuine glimpse into local cultures and traditions. Imagine witnessing a vibrant Capoeira dance performance in Salvador, Brazil.

Unforgettable Memories

Let’s face it, the most impactful travel moments are rarely found at crowded beaches or generic souvenir shops. Witnessing the awe-inspiring majesty of the Sigiriya rock fortress in Sri Lanka or the haunting beauty of the Easter Island statues in Chile will create memories that stay with you forever.

The Global Guardians of Wonder

This incredible network of WHS exists thanks to a powerful international organisation and a worldwide team dedicated to identifying, protecting, and preserving cultural and natural heritage considered to be of exceptional value to all of humanity. This is the mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Established in 1972 through an international treaty, UNESCO works tirelessly to safeguard these shared treasures.

What makes this concept truly unique is its global spirit. World Heritage sites belong to everyone, irrespective of the country they’re located in. By visiting a WHS, you’re not just ticking off a bucket list item; you’re becoming a responsible traveller and contributing to the preservation of a legacy that belongs to us all.

UNESCO WHS aren’t just places to visit, they’re detours that elevate your entire adventure. Ditch the predictable, embrace the extraordinary, and let UNESCO transform your next trip into an odyssey that perfectly aligns with your travel goals.

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