Postcard Press Picks:
World Heritage Sites
Postcard Press is big on UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These cultural and natural landmarks are found all over the world and give visitors a glimpse into the history and traditions of a country and its people. They are important in understanding a location and enriching the travel experience. I recently discovered National Geographic’s World Heritage Site, and it’s a perfect resource for any traveler, whether you’re currently planning a trip or indulging in your wanderlust from the comfort of your couch. It’s this week’s Postcard Press pick.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, an international agency devoted to “strengthening the ties between nations and societies” through education, cultural diversity, scientific advances, and full freedom of expression. With more than 1,000 sites around the world—832 cultural sites, 206 natural sites, and 35 mixed—UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites are chosen because of their “outstanding universal value.” To be chosen, the site must also meet at least one of 10 selection criteria that ensures an important cultural, historical, or natural significance. By designating sites as World Heritage Sites, the organization hopes to elevate their importance, help in their preservation, and fight against their destruction.
National Geographic has put together a centralized site that delves into UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world and is sure to inspire, educate, and help you plan your next trip. From photo galleries and videos to highlighting underrated destinations to travel guides and more, National Geographic’s site helps you discover new places.
If you’ve read some of our articles before, then you are already familiar with a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites out there: Shirakawa-go in Japan, Chiloé Island in Chile, and the Bernina Express through Switzerland and Italy. You may not choose where to travel based on World Heritage Sites but in the course of researching upcoming travel plans, you may stumble upon some interesting sites to add to your itinerary—that’s how I ended up on the Bernina Express. National Geographic’s World Heritage Sites can be a great resource for this purpose; it’s definitely worth a bookmark!
Have you had the chance to experience any UNESCO World Heritage Sites? If so, what are some of your favorites and why? Let us know below!