I love my family more than anything else. Taking trips together is just one of the ways to bond together. We learn a lot from each other. We learn from our parents and grandparents and pick up traits and characteristics, physical and characteristic.
Growing up, such a deep understanding of where we came from was mostly limited to a family tree and records that had to be researched. Nowadays there’s so much more to learn. Records have been digitized and we can research our DNA from our own living room.
In fact, you can take a genealogy and heritage DNA test to learn more about your family heritage, family history, and about yourself. Interestingly, there’s a new trend of using your DNA test results for ideas on where to travel as a family.
5 Tips for Family Travel Based on DNA
One of the best ways to bond as a family is through heritage vacation. It all starts with a home DNA test and some family research.
This leads to one of the most fun parts of the experience, picking the destination! Based on the results of your DNA test, travel as a family to where your genetic roots come from.
The following are some of the things you can discuss as a family when planning a trip based on your family’s results:
1. Picking a Destination
One of the first things that you want to do with your family is to identify possible destinations. Using the DNA test results, make a list of destinations.
After you have a list, narrow down the results with a family vote. Try to pair some interests with possible destinations to help narrow down the options.
2. Research Online
Heritage travel has become one of the hottest travel trends today. You can find lots of information on the Internet about your ancestors and about traveling through your family history.
Many heritage tests come with a records search option as well, with access to large databases you never knew about. Many people find long lost relatives through these research methods.
These results may also give you material to research at libraries or government records offices wherever you decide your destination will be.
3. Time of the Year
The goal of travelling your family history is to make it a learning experience. If you plan on researching your family history at a government records office, remember to check if it might be closed for a holiday vacation.
Many research options might be limited during popular vacation time for government employees.
4. Old Vs New Locations
Visiting new and exotic locations is fun. If you have special memories of locations you’ve visited earlier, then you may want to revisit. Many people prefer traveling to destinations that they have visited before.
On the other hand, there is no telling what kind of adventure can be had exploring a new place. This is something to discuss as a family when planning the trip.
Keep in mind it’s nice to keep family history alive by visiting “where it all started”. This is a unique opportunity to bring the family closer together.
5. Find a Local Guide
Whenever in a new place it’s always a good idea to find a local guide. The perspective of a local is almost always different from that of a tourist.
Locals can give you a layout of the land and direct you in a way that you can make the most of your trip. Surprising family connections can be made in all parts of the world with a local who really knows the area well.
Traveling is always fun, there is no question about it. Travelling your roots can be even more rewarding. It’s an alternative way to teach and interest your kids or even yourself about history with the world as a textbook.
If you want to make the most of this type of trip, then spend some time planning and researching. You can learn a lot about your heritage and roots even before you travel making the experience even more rewarding.
Visit the places where your ancestors lived and spend some quality time with your family as you rediscover together where you all came from. Not only learning but also travelling where you came from is a special experience that will last a lifetime!