World Heritage Sites for Senior Travelers

May 28th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

What do the Taj Mahal, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route have in common? They’re all World Heritage sites—treasures of humanity prized by historians, ecologists, and art lovers, as well as by their own communities. Heritage is our legacy from the past—what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations. To preserve this legacy, UNESCO works to safeguard hundreds of natural and cultural World Heritage sites around the world.

Find and visit a World Heritage destination

Popular World Heritage sites:

Papal Palace, France | Paestum, Italy | La Fortaleza, U.S. | Changdeokgung Palace, Korea | 16th Century Monasteries, Mexico | Los Glaciares, Argentina

Traveling to World Heritage sites allows you to explore unique environments, experience different ways of life, and build lasting memories. I planned out trip to Spain focusing on World Heritage Sites. It made our trip very worthwhile and full of interesting visits Follow these travel tips to enhance your trip and support the World Heritage sites you visit.

1. Before you travel

2. During your trip

3. After returning home

Quick facts:

• There are currently 851 World Heritage sites in 141 countries.

• There are three categories of World Heritage sites—cultural, natural, or mixed.

• The World Heritage Convention was adopted by UNESCO in 1972. The United States was the first country to ratify the World Heritage Convention.

• In 1978, the first 12 World Heritage sites were inscribed. They included Yellowstone National Park and the Galapagos Islands.

• If a site is threatened, UNESCO helps create a plan—and often provides funding—to ensure the site’s preservation. There are currently 30 sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Together with the United Nations Foundation and UNESCO, Expedia has created Friends of World Heritage (http://www.friendsofworldheritage.org/) to educate travelers and raise awareness about sustainable tourism. By thoughtfully interacting with people and places—and reducing their impact on a site—travelers can contribute to conservation efforts and protect irreplaceable sites. Learn more here. World Heritage sites belong to all of us – to enjoy, experience, and protect. Through Friends of World Heritage you can help protect the natural and cultural wonders of the world; explore the majesty of these places, recognized for their “outstanding value to humanity” under UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention; and experience for yourself the marvels of our World Heritage by visiting the sites through Expedia.com’s special offerings. I can not write or say enough good things about these type of sites. They are simply “world class” and whenever I see World Class, my ears and eyes perk up and I want to know what is going on. jeb



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