5 Wild Ways DNA Could Change the Way You Travel

AncestryDNA
20 April 2018
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Travel guides. Friend’s recommendations. Social media. You’ve got all the tools to plan the perfect vacation.

But did you know your DNA can be just as handy for making your trip amazing? Here are 5 wild ways your DNA can transform your next holiday. You could:

  • End Up Walking in Your Ancestor’s Footsteps
  • Visit German Relatives – Who Turn Out to be Italian
  • Meet Your Sisters for the First Time Ever on Your Next Flight
  • Visit a Small Town of Long-Lost Irish Relatives
  • Fly to California and Meet Your Mom for the First Time

1. You Could End Up Walking in Your Ancestor’s Footsteps

Dave took an AncestryDNA test to learn more about his past. Thanks to the family tree of a customer who appeared in Dave’s AncestryDNA results, Ancestry researchers were able to trace Dave’s family back to 18th-century Scottish clans, to the village of Gairloch. By amazing coincidence, Dave was traveling to Gairloch the following week!

2. You Could Visit German Relatives – Who Turn Out to be Italian

Julie and her German-Italian relatives

Julie was German-American. But her last name, Martini, was Italian. Her AncestryDNA test showed both German and Italian DNA. Research and a trip to Germany solved the mystery: Julie’s great-grandfather was born in Wintrich, Germany, but his family was Italian. Julie returned from her trip with fond memories and two bottles of her family’s wine.

3. You Could Meet Your Sisters for the First Time Ever on Your Next Flight


Ann took an AncestryDNA test to find out if she had any Native American heritage. Her discovery was shocking: Ann and her sister Lynn had  a sister in England that their father had left behind during World War II without realizing it. They met their British sister Mandy for the first time on her British Airways flight, giving her the surprise of a lifetime.

4. You Could Visit a Small Town of Long-Lost Irish Relatives


Tom did family history research and got as far back as a great-grandfather who came to Boston from Ireland. But he hit a dead end. Then a distant relative in Ireland took an AncestryDNA test and contacted Tom. They traced Tom’s family tree back to the townland of Druminnin, Donegal, Ireland. Tom plans to visit his long-lost Irish family later this year.

5. Your Could Fly to California and Meet Your Mom for the First Time

Lisa was raised by a loving adoptive family but always felt she wasn’t just like them. When she took an AncestryDNA test, she discovered her parents were not her biological parents. Through Ancestry, she was able to find her birth mother. About two months later, she hopped a plane to California to meet her mother for the first time.

Where will your DNA inspire you to travel next?  Take an AncestryDNA test to find out.