As a result of the wildly popular DNA test kits, more and more of our clients are looking for the best way to discover their roots. It's commonly known as "genealogy travel," "ancestry travel," or "family tree travel." Once ancestral heritage has been determined, it's exciting to visit the sites where previous generations lived, the culture they lived in, and the air they breathed. It's eye-opening to experience meals that may seem familiar because of the way they are prepared and served and realize the connection to family heritage. And, the heritage travel trend is simplified on a river cruise.
Why? Because on a river cruise travellers can begin to explore right away since the rivers flow through the core of the ports-of-call. So, once the boat docks at a river bank, passengers have arrived! Within minutes the exploring can begin. When it's time to head for the next port, the "hotel" will float with them avoiding packing and unpacking. It's gapless, no waiting for trains, buses, or in long lines to visit must-see sights.
Planning the trip may take you to places you may never have considered before. As you visit the cities, villages, and hamlets, take a walk or bike ride along the streets and chat with the locals. You'll sense the locale and lifestyle in an authentic way. Discover the places where ancestors shopped for food and goods, where they worshiped, and where they were buried. It's a wonderful opportunity for multi-generational family groups to connect with each other as well as their history.
Have you discovered more than one homeland? Great! On a river cruise you may be able to combine two or more of your ancestral ethnicity or nationality on the same trip. Why not plan back-to-back river cruises to make the most of the experience?
Genealogy is a special interest that can be bundled up and brought along on your river cruise. I think you'll feel that your life is more reflective, richer, and more meaningful by exploring family connections. Ancestry travel will bring your genealogy research full orbit. Your fabulous memories will be the souvenirs that you take home to be remembered for a lifetime.
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Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.