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 due to 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. Dinosaurs and other prehistoric fossils are still considered part of our natural heritage though.
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, a student of Cultural Heritage and travel adviser living in Southeast Queensland. 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 consider this a success. If you are interested in knowing more about me, please check out my personal blog; Chronicles of Ashlee.
I took a long leave of absence from blogging as of November 2017 until now (June 2019). 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. Please be patient with me as the site gets a bit of a makeover.
As I have already mentioned, I am a heritage tourism advocate, with a love for sustainable and responsible tourism. I lived in the beautiful Tropical North Queensland of Australia, in Townsville for 10 years, and now I am back in the small town of Wondai, in Southeast Queensland. I have a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Archaeology from James Cook University, and a Dual Diploma in Travel and Tourism, and Events, and now I am doing my Masters of Cultural Heritage online through Deakin University. For the last 4 years I have been working as a travel adviser, which I have absolutely love. I'm passionate about sustainable tourism, specifically regarding heritage and 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.