Dreaming of visiting your ancestral homeland? Make your wishes a reality with these 10 tips.
No matter how convenient it may be these days to research ancestors without leaving home, you probably still dream of visiting your family’s homeland. You’re yearning to see where your ancestors lived, stand in the church where Great-grandpa was baptized, enjoy traditional cuisine and understand what life was like for your ancestors before they made the journey to America.
For more than 15 years, I imagined what it would be like to actually set foot in Milpoš, the Eastern Slovakian birthplace of my maternal grandmother. I’d seen pictures of this tiny village while doing genealogy research, and watched tourists’ videos on YouTube. I thought I knew what to expect when I finally traveled there, but it turned out that my experience in Milpoš was uniquely my own. If your own bucket list includes a visit to your ancestral homeland, use my 10 been-there-done-that tips and plan the heritage trip of your dreams.