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History & Nature

By May 19, 2022No Comments

Nature reserves, architectural sites, historic cities… UNESCO World Heritage Sites represent humanity’s shared legacy, our most valued gifts from history and nature.

The world is more accessible than ever before with travel itineraries specific to your dreams.

Our favorite history/nature itinerary allows you to explore no less than five UNESCO listed sites on a luxurious small ship: Halong Bay, My Son Sanctuary, the Imperial city of Hue, the old city of Hoi An and the Phong Nhake Bang National Park.

 In Galle you can walk around the old city and its fortifications. These signs of the Portuguese and Dutch heritage are perfectly preserved.

 In Seychelles, stop over in Praslin where you can visit this nature reserve. There, you’ll see the famous cocos de mer, huge nuts, commonly known as “double coconuts”.

The Most Beautiful UNESCO Sites in Asia & the Indian Ocean are best explored by small ship sailings with award winning shore excursions.


Once perilously overfished, the only coral reef in the Sea of Cortés has been reinvigorated as a flourishing ecotourism spot by resident fishers-turned-divers.  When you dive at Cabo Pulmo, because it’s a protected UNESCO World Heritage site, you can only go with boats that are allowed in the area through a local company. The family who owns the company started this business long ago and became the guardians of the space. They’ve been there for generations; they are tasked with protecting the area.

Sustainable Travel


Virtuoso’s research found that the pandemic made 82 percent of travelers want to travel more responsibly in the future – which makes sense, since we all want to live in a world inhabited by plenty of penguins and elephants. Top things you can do to sustainably travel:


  • Book eco-conscious, LEED-certified, or other sustainably minded properties
  • Contribute to causes that benefit the destination and community you are visiting
  • Donate to carbon offsetting when flying
  • Intentionally travel to destinations that depend on tourism revenue
  • Reduce food and plastic waste by bringing your own ex. water bottle, reusable bags, etc.
  • Support travel companies with a strong sustainability policy ex. Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
  • Support wildlife conservation
  • Travel during the off-season or to lesser-known destinations

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Stop by….

Montecito and State Street Offices

Both Santa Barbara Travel Bureau Montecito and State Street offices are open and fully staffed with experienced travel professionals. We love to see our clients! Stop by anytime on weekdays from 8-5 to discuss all things travel.  Or make an appointment with a travel advisor for in-depth vacation planning.

Curious about the latest travel trends and what our clients are saying about their recent trips? Swing by the Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, your locally owned and operated travel agency for over 75 years. We’ve earned your trust and look forward to ensuring your dream vacation becomes a reality.