If you’ve been following Travelnuity on Instagram or Facebook, or read my latest article on visiting the Cultural World Heritage Sites of Andalusia, you may have noticed that my husband, Joel, and I have been visiting a lot of UNESCO World Heritage sites on our current European trip. And wondered, why?
Joel and I have decided to try and visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world! The idea actually comes from Joel. He’s always been a history buff and loves to explore historical sites on his travels. We’ve heard of other people trying to visit every country in the world, but there’s many countries we’re not really interested in visiting for the sake of ticking them off a list. We prefer to explore countries in more detail, and the idea of ticking off UNESCO World Heritage Sites fits better with our travelling ethos. And while many sites are popular tourist destinations, there’s also plenty of lesser known ones that’re interesting to visit and explore why they’ve been listed.
So, how many UNESCO sites are there? Currently, there’s 1052 sites listed. Here’s the full list of current sites, ordered by country. The majority of sites are cultural sites, plus there’s natural sites and some mixed (both cultural and natural) sites. There’s also more sites added each year (about 20). Ironically, given that my husband came up with the idea, I’ve actually visited more sites (in particular ones in Australia). I’ve currently visited 99 sites, while Joel has visited a still impressive 84. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting my 100th site: the Historic City of Toledo, just south of Madrid, Spain.
I’ll be posting about our journey regularly, but the best way to follow along is with Joel’s Youtube channel: joelontheroad’s UNESCO World Heritage Journey (or bit.ly/joelontheroad). Joel has been making a video at every site we’re visiting (with me as the trusty camera operator). At the moment a new video is going up every 2nd day! So, keep watching, and follow us along!