Heritage Travel from Kensington Tours

As the year winds down and we all look forward to spending time with our relatives (or not), most peoples’ thoughts inevitably turn to the past—their personal history, and that of their family. According to the luxury travel tour experts at Kensington Tours, that’s been reflected in a rise in bookings for 2012: many guests are citing an interest in lineage and ancestry as a driving force behind their choice of destination.

“Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, Italy and Russia are all extremely popular due to emigration around World War II,” says Kensington’s Europe expert Eimear Duggan. However, in other destinations that are traditionally a site for history seekers, such as Israel, the impetus seems to be on shaking things up—as return visitors come to the Holy Land with their families, or with friends, they’re seeking out new adventures in the region, including “hiking, biking, horseback riding, archaeological digs and jeep safaris,” says regional expert Chris Bazos. Customization has long been the name of the game in separating high-end trips from the pack, and this kind of personalization resonates deeply, indicating it’s likely to become a growing category of interest to travelers.

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