What is Heritage or Ancestral Travel?
Heritage travel is a very unique type of travel experience. It often starts as a curiosity or connection to our roots which triggers an emotional journey to discover more about ourselves and where we come from.
As we try to understand not only where, but how, our ancestors lived, we also want to know their reasons for emigrating. Through the experience of visiting an old family home, walking in the footsteps of our relatives or finding key documents, we gain a greater appreciation of their life.
Genealogy tourism, another term used to describe this segment of the market, is one of the fastest growing travel sectors according to the University of Illinois. The digitization of documents, pictures and the easy access to the web has made it easier to trace our family trees.
The Roman Guy chats with Trivago
Trivago, a multinational hotel search platform, has recently launched a series of travel podcasts on various travel related topics including Voluntourism, Solo Traveling and Off the Beaten Path trips.
For their 7th Episode: Where Do You Come From? Ancestral Travel Takes You Home, we were thrilled that our co-founder Sean P Finelli was asked to discuss his story as a heritage traveler himself.
Sean grew up in America but his Italian roots were always at the back of his mind. After college he started researching his family history and knew he had to visit Italy. The travel bug motivated him and his brother to set off on a backpacking trip around Europe. As soon as he set foot in Rome, he fell in love with the city. “At that moment I knew I had to have a connection with that city”. Sean P Finelli
The rest as they say is history.
Not quite… but we don’t want to spoil the podcast for you! So head over to Trivago and have a listen, or hit the play button below, and find out how the story continues. From moving to Rome, to discovering his great-grandparents town and ultimately founding The Roman Guy.
“It triggered something so deep in my long term memory that I don’t think I could ever forget what that town looked like when I showed up for the first time”. Sean P Finelli