Welcome to The Heritage Travels; a travel blog dedicated to embracing heritage tourism. My vision is for travellers to understand the cultural and natural heritage of destinations, leading to an awareness of sustainability and preservation. I strongly value sustainable and responsible tourism and try to promote this wherever I visit, as well as online.
My blog started in a completely different niche but has evolved because of my love of the combination of travel and archaeology. And no, archaeology is not the study of dinosaurs, it is the study of humans in the past. The picture of the dinosaur head is misleading yes, but I added it in because it looks cool and is still part of our natural heritage.
My blog encompasses all aspects of heritage, both natural and cultural, including palaeontology (the study of dinosaurs and other fossilised plants and animals). I embrace heritage tourism and try to bring you the best of my adventures and knowledge; the experiences of local culture which authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.
...so who are you, I hear you ask? Well I'm Ashlee, an archaeologist and travel consultant from Townsville. In January of 2014 I started a personal blog about Hashimotos (an illness that I struggle with) and news from the archaeology world, called Hypothyroid Archaeologist (see A Year of Blogging for more). I then realised that my passion truly lay in travel and providing awareness to the public regarding the protection of the natural and cultural heritage in the world. I decided to share my passion and my personal experiences with the internet. In August of 2014 The Heritage Travels began. Rather than worrying about how many people view my blog, I prefer to concern myself with how many people learn something from me. Even if one person learns how precious it is to protect and admire our heritage then I will be happy.
I took a long leave of absence from blogging as of November 2017 until now (June 2018). This is because I have been going through some very hard and challenging personal and life changes. I recently decided that it was time to get back on the horse, so to speak, and here I am.
As I have already mentioned, I am a heritage tourism advocate, with a love for sustainable and responsible tourism. I live in the beautiful Tropical North Queensland of Australia, in Townsville. I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Archaeology from James Cook University, and a Dual Diploma in Travel and Tourism, and Events. For the last 3 years I have been working as a travel consultant, which I have absolutely loved. I'm passionate about conservation and preservation, especially of significant archaeological sites and of animals. I love adventure, all things culture and heritage, travel (of course), and nature. I find comfort in good music, good books and good entertainment!
These are some of the sites I have contributed to:
10 TRAVEL BLOGGERS SHARE THE BEST SUNSETS AROUND THE WORLD, as seen on Steps to Follow (no longer active).
Awards & Nominations
The Heritage Travels will be going through a bit of an overhaul so I apologise in advance for any disruptions or missing links. It's time to get writing again and spend my time on something that I love. Please feel free to scroll through the following post categories, and find something you're interested in whilst I get back on track.