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Dec
28

Grab a Cheap Flight to Unesco Heritage Sites

Let UNESCO Be Your Travel Guide!

UNESCO

UNESCO

I don’t know about you but I seriously love UNESCO. Whenever I’m writing or reading about a place, when I hear it’s a UNESCO Heritage site, I don’t know why but it just turns me on.

And it sounds so good whenever people come back from a trip and you ask them where they’ve gone and they don’t say something old and passe like “oh, we went to Switzerland.” They say, “we just did three UNESCO World Heritage sites.” Not only do they sound cool, but they sound so selfless, so hip, so very cool.

They do.

Take Cappadocia, for instance. It’s a UNESCO.

cappadocia

cappadocia

So what does it mean to be on UNESCO’s World Heritage List?  It means it’s of  outstanding universal value.

And hopefully means that wherever it is there will be greater awareness, greater tourism and greater emphasis on protecting that site for future generations to enjoy.

So here it is, drumroll please….

1. Archaeological sites of the Island of Meroe, Sudan

sudan

sudan

This desert landscape between the Nile and Atbara rivers was the heartland of the Kingdom of Kush, a major power from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D.
It was the seat of the rulers who occupied Egypt for close to a century and has pyramids, temples and domestic buildings as well as major installations connected to water management. Take a flight to Kartoum.

2. Coffee cultural landscape of Colombia

columbia

columbia

I’ve written about Columbia before of course, and we have lots of cheap flights to Bogota but take a look at this beautiful ecosystem.  These coffee growing areas encompass six farming landscapes in Colombia and 18 towns on the foothills of the western and central ranges of the Cordillera de los Andes in the west of the country. Colonized by Spain, the buildings in urban areas were built of cob, pleated cane for the walls and clay tiles for the roofs.

3. Fagus Factory in Alfeld, Germany

Fagus Factory in Alfeld, Germany

Fagus Factory in Alfeld, Germany

Though  no one is really going to make this a vacation destination, for those in the field, it is an important landmark. Fagus Factory in Alfeld is a 10-building complex and notable architectural wonder.  Started around 1910 to the design of Walter Gropius, and is a landmark in the development of modern architecture and industrial design. Totally operational,  it serves all stages of shoe manufacture, storage and dispatch. Situated in Alfeld on the Leine in Lower Saxony, Germany.

4. Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, Barbados

bridgetown

bridgetown

Now this, this I’ll visit. In a heartbeat. Bridgetown in Barbados has outstanding examples of British colonial architecture in a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. There’s a nearby military garrison which has historic buildings. With its serpentine urban layout it shows a different approach to colonial town-planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan.

4. Longobards in Italy

Brescia, the monastic complex of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia

Brescia, the monastic complex of San Salvatore and Santa Giulia

Now this I’d never heard of. The Longobards comprise seven groups of important buildings (including fortresses, churches, and monasteries) throughout the Italian Peninsula. They testify to the high achievement of the Lombards, who migrated from northern Europe and developed their own specific culture in Italy where they ruled over vast territories in the 6th to 8th centuries. Start with a cheap flight to Milan and go down from there.

5. Saloum Delta, Senegal

delta du sine saloum

delta du sine saloum

Unless you’re a journalist or a nature photographer, you probably never thought of heading to Senegal, but this is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fishing and shellfish gathering have sustained human life in the 5,000 kilometer squared property, which is formed by the arms of three rivers. The site comprises channels encompassing over 200 islands and islets, mangrove forest, an Atlantic marine environment and dry forest.

6. Ogasawara Islands, Japan

ogasawara islands

ogasawara islands

An archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, the Ogasawara Islands are located some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo.  In English its name Bonin means “no people” though the islands now have a population of 2,440. They are home to a wealth of fauna, including 195 endangered bird species and incredible marine life. They often cal this the “Galapagos of the orient.” Fly to Tokyo and see this natural wonder.

7. Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan

wadi

wadi

Flights to Amman have been booked with the spiritual. No kidding, these areas are meant to have some kind of spiritual power and so they’re booking cheap flights to Amman to travel to them before the end of the year. The 74,000-hectare property, inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site, is  in southern Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia and has a varied desert landscape of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns.

8. Hiraizumi –Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land

Hiraizumi  Temples

Hiraizumi Temples

Looking for a little enlightenment? Here’s another reason to book flights to Tokyo this year.  The temples of Hiraizumi and the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. Hiraizumi was the administrative center of the northern realm of Japan in the 11th and 12th centuries and  ancient government offices from that time are still there. The temples represents the pure land of Buddha that people aspire to after death and peace of mind in this life.

9. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

Cheap flights to Nairobi are so plentiful there’s no reason not to see this natural wonder. The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, comprises three inter-linked lakes (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita) in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya and covers a total area of 32,034 hectares. The property is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world.

Tell me where do you want to go in 21012? Will it be Japan? Or Jordan? Kenya or Columbia? Wherever you go, visit a UNESCO, bring your children and continue the tradition of awareness and preservation.

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