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Travel guides covering numerous destinations across the globe with a focus on: must-visit cities, places of historical and culture significance including Unesco World Heritage Sites, and opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitats.

Read up-to-date tips and advice for expats based on my own experiences of expat life including our recent move to Australia.

 

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world

UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world

Why visit UNESCO World Heritage sites?


Why visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites?

Following the destruction, or damage to, of so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in recent years – the Buddhas of Bamiyan and Palmyra come immediately to mind – through wars, natural events such as earthquakes or in the name of progress (demolished for railway lines for example) I started thinking about how many sites I had seen or even knew were UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

I was pretty gobsmacked when I looked at the list for the UK – so many places I hadn’t even realised were listed sites: I used to live 30 miles from Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford!

So I started putting together a definitive list of all the places I have visited and links to the subsequent articles I have written about many of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is my aim to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites as much as possible when I travel (and probably drive my husband potty at the same time!!)

If you have a particular interest in reading about one site I have listed them by continent and country below.


What are UNESCO World Heritage Sites?


The UNESCO World Heritage Sites website states:

”What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.”

”The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , adopted by UNESCO in 1972.”

My aim in 2016 was to visit as many of the 29 UNESCO World Sites in the UK and overseas territories. There are a few I doubted I would be able to get to (the Inaccessible Islands kind of speak for themselves!) and no-one sponsored me to visit Bermuda so I didn’t get there either but I did manage 14 sites!

I think this quote from the UNESCO says it perfectly:

”Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.”


 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES VISITED = 61/1092


unesco world heritage sites


EUROPE (413)


 

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15 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe to visit
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15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK to visit

NORWAY (2/8)


1. Bergen

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A guide to visiting Voss and Bergen in Norway

2. West Norwegian fjords

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A Norwegian adventure Gudvangen to Flåm

 


ITALY (6/53)


1. Historic centre of Rome

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A guide to visiting Rome Italy Part 1

 

2. Historic centre of Florence

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A visual journey of 2 days in Florence

 

3. Vatican City

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A guide to visiting the beautiful Eternal City of Rome in Italy

 

4. Venice and it’s lagoon

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A guide to the best things to do in Venice Italy
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Top Tips for Venice - where to go, what to see where to eat

 

5. Archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Anunziata

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A guide to things to do on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

 

6. The Last Supper

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What to do in one day in Milan in Italy

 


AUSTRIA (2/10)


1. Historic centre of Vienna

2. Historic centre of Salzburg

READ MORE
20 amazing destinations in Europe to visit Part 1

 


HUNGARY (1/8)


1. Budapest

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My top 20 beautiful destinations in Europe to visit Part 2

 


SWITZERLAND (2/12)


1. Old city of Bern

2.The Bernina Landscape

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Catching the Bernina Express - Switzerland

 


FRANCE (3/43)


1. Palace and park of Versailles

2. Pont du Gard (Roman Aquaduct)

3. Paris, banks of the Seine

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Top tips when visiting Paris France for the first time

 


MALTA (2/3)


1. The Megalithic Temples

2. City of Valletta

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All you need to know about visiting beautiful Malta, Gozo and Comino

 


SPAIN (2/45)


1.Barcelona

2. Teide National Park


CZECH REPUBLIC (1/12)


1. Historic centre of Prague

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Why you need to visit Prague in winter!

 


GERMANY (2/41)


1. Cologne Cathedral

 2.Museum Island – Berlin

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Why you need to visit Berlin now - what you need to know!

 


CROATIA (4/8)


1. Dubrovnik

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Croatia Itinerary Dubrovnik to Zagreb
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A guide of things to do in Dubrovnik in Croatia

2. Split

3. Sibenek

4. Trogir

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A guide to Visiting Trogir and Šibenik

 


 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (1/3)


1. Mostar

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How to enjoy a Bosnia day trip from Dubrovnik Croatia

 


MONTENEGRO (1/4)


1. Kotor

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A Montenegro day trip from Dubrovnik

 


THE NETHERLANDS (1/10)


1. Amsterdam


UNITED KINGDOM (18/31)


There are a total of 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK and British Overseas Territories. Of the 31 UK World Heritage Sites I have been to 18. Find related posts about many of the sites below.

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4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Northern England to visit
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What to see and do when visiting Cromford Mills in Derbyshire
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A weekend visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in London
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All you need to know about visiting Ironbridge Gorge
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Visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew London
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A guide of things to do in Saltaire
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Visiting Blenheim Palace a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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How to experience a great day visiting Stonehenge
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Visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in England
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A day in the Lake District
  • Bath

  • Liverpool

  • Jurassic Coast

 


NORTH AMERICA(1)/SOUTH AMERICA


  • The Statue of Liberty

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My all time top ten New York sights

 


AFRICA(4)


  • Great Zimbabwe National Monument

  • Matobo Hills

  • Makoti-Drakensburg Park

  • Cape Floral Protected Areas

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An insider's guide to Cape Town South Africa
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80 things to do in South Africa Part 1
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Cape Town to Cairo - A journey through Africa


ASIA(3)


  • Singapore Botanical Gardens

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A guide to visiting the Singapore National Orchid Garden
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Visiting Singapore and Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens
  • Historic City of Ayutthaya (2017)

  • George Town Penang (2017)

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Your need to know guide to the street art in Penang
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Travel bloggers choose their top 6 places to visit in Malaysia

 


AUSTRALIA(5/19)


  • Sydney

  • Great Barrier Reef

READ MORE
Visiting Whitehaven Beach at the Whitsundays in Queensland
  • Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

  • Wet Tropics of Queensland

READ MORE
Top 10 things to do in Port Douglas
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Caravans, cassowaries and crocs - an update of expat life in Australia
  • Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park

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Visiting Uluru the red heart of Australia

Do you visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites? If so which are your favourites so far? Leave a comment below – I am always interested to find out about sites I have yet to visit as well as opinions on those I have already seen.

 

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
-- Michael Palin