Affordable Travel Guide to Historic Locations

Finding Your Way to Where it All Happened Ages Ago

Historic Locations

It’s one thing to plan a vacation to the Mexican Riviera and then take a side trip to the Mayan ruins, quite another to choose a historic location as your destination and then explore from there. The latter distinction attracts serious history buffs who make the historic site the center of their travel plans. It’s all about site-specific situations where events took place and the memories still linger.

The lands near the town of Inverness in Scotland were once a sea of blood, the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie met heavy defeat. The site remains ghostly and sad, and yet, it inspires the spirit of Scotland, despite the unhappy end to the fight. This is an ideal spot for members of the Stewarts to celebrate their clan and pay respect to their history. It’s the sort of historic location that inspires.

Perhaps you’d like to pay a solstice visit to Stonehenge? That ranks as one of the world’s top historic destinations, and yet it is still a mystery. Modern pagans make their pilgrimages to Stonehenge, but it’s also a place that makes observers awestruck; how on earth did the ancients move these huge, hewn rocks?

Right here in Nova Scotia, where Affordable Travel is based, we have the Grand Pré National Historic Site of Canada, a superb visitor center that commemorates the Acadians that built dykes and farmed the land they reclaimed from the seas. While the site itself is a regal tribute, and there have been excavations that have discovered house foundations and graves, the really historic location is a few farm fields away. On the banks of the tidal Gaspereau River, where the boats arrived to take the Acadians to other parts of North America, you can feel the sorrow of loss that was so real during the expulsions of 1755. It’s a spiritual place to visit.

The same emotion is drawn from visitors to Pompeii in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. Frozen in time by the onslaught of lava, the people and their pets are a reminder of life’s fragility. It’s a humbling place to tour.

That is what this section of Affordable Travel is devoted to; the pertinence of place. Here is where you’ll find ideas for historic locations so that you can create a vacation with a certain agenda: your place in history.

More in Historical Interest

Appreciating the Acadians of Nova Scotia

Appreciating the Acadians of Nova Scotia

A Synergy of Spirit — Centuries of Sharing between Mi’kmaq and Acadians
Digby, Nova Scotia

Digby, Nova Scotia

Thanks to the Admirable Admiral and his Ilk
Digging Out the History of Shame

Digging Out the History of Shame

The Public Archaeology Program Honours the Acadians of Beaubassin.