In recent times, there has been an upsurge in what has come to be referred to as heritage tourism or heritage travel. The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines heritage travel as a form of tourism geared towards learning and experiencing peoples stories, past and present. It is a type of travel that takes one to understand places, artefacts, and activities of a people.
Types of Heritage Travel
There are three significant types of heritage travel; cultural, built and natural. Cultural heritage travel entails visiting places to learn the culture of people living or who have lived in a particular area. Built tourism involves travelling to historical buildings, monuments, and past architectural marvels. Natural heritage tourism entails visiting to see and experience landscapes and other natural sceneries.
Benefits of Heritage Travel
Heritage travel has several benefits both to the traveller and the host communities. Here are a few of them:
Creates memory: Heritage travel provides travellers with many concrete moments that are enduring. Unlike other travel forms that may disappoint you, it is doubtful that heritage travel will fail to meet your expectations.
Boosts local economies: It has been proven that heritage travellers spend more money on their travel than other travellers. The direct effect is that local economies have something to stand on economically in terms of jobs and money in the pocket.
Learning opportunity: Heritage travel is not only about fun, but participants get a chance to learn about other people’s culture. Understanding other people’s way of life enhances a better appreciation of them and promotes human oneness.
Diversifies travel experience: Travel has been static for the longest time, with travellers mostly treated to monotony sandy beaches and game drives. Heritage travel is, therefore, a welcome addition to the bored traveller.