Shovel bum or history buff, if exploring the past is a big part of travel's allure for you, there's ample grist for your mill, from hamming it up in the stocks at Colonial Williamsburg to exploring ancient temples and cities, to treading (and even digging occasionally up) the stones of archaeological sites.

 

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The notable historical legacy and sites of Gaza, Palestine

  Ramez Habboub This narrow strip of land along the Mediterranean coast between Israel and Egypt is tiny – just 141 square miles/365 sq. kilometers (about the size of Las Vegas or the British city of  Sheffield) – and with a population of nearly 2.1 million, making it one of the world´s most densely packed territories. And Gaza has of course massively been in the news since October 7 because of the tragic and horrific reasons with which by now we´re all too familiar. And when it comes to…

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Conquering Israel´s UNESCO World Heritage Masada

 Itamar Grinberg/Israeli Ministry of Tourism Israel is truly a land of exceptional sights – and sites – from top to bottom. But roughly two hours south of Jerusalem, one of its most evocative (and popular) high points, so to speak, looms in the Judea desert some 396 metres (1,300 feet) above the shores of the Dead Sea. Masada (Hebrew for fortress) is an imposing UNESCO World Heritage Site, and after Jerusalem the most visited spot in the country. At this rugged fortress complex, excavated in…

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Where to explore history in Malaysia

MyPenang.gov.my A dynamic country in Southeast Asia with a population of some 34 million people, Maylasia is an increasingly tourist-popular country - tourism is now its third largest source of income - offering a mix of fascinating cultural, historical, and ecological attractions (not to mention some fine beaches). A quarter larger than Great Britain and a bit larger than the U.S. state of New Mexico, it consists of two separate sections: larger peninsular Malaysia occupies the southern half…

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Historic sites in ´Awesome Antarctica: What to See, How to Book, and When to Go´

Trey Ratcliffe    Our planet's vast, remote, southernmost continent - larger than Europe - is a much-coveted "final frontier" for many travelers. And booking Antarctica vacation packages via cruise ship offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see frozen landscapes that can't be seen anywhere else along with a plethora of polar wildlife. With vacation packages typically ranging from one to three weeks, cruise ships departing from Argentina's Tierra del Fuego make the two-day crossing through…

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