Not everyone knows what a genealogy vacation is, but once you’ve been on one, Chetan Kapur is certain you’ll never forget it. Chetan Kapur has been in the travel industry for twenty years, but it is his work in the last eight years that has garnered the most interest. He plans detailed vacations around clients’ family trees, enabling them to go to their ancestral homelands.
Chetan Kapur’s Family Tree Prompts A Vacation
Chetan Kapur, who was born and raised in California, didn’t know much about genealogy before his son began researching the family history for a school project. Kapur helped his son go through old family documents, putting together a family tree that went back four generations. After the school project was finished, Chetan Kapur realized he was hooked, and used the Internet to trace his family’s roots. A family trip to his ancestral home brought new revelations when he met distant relatives in Jaipur.
Tracing Your Roots On Vacation
Chetan Kapur began putting together “genealogy vacations” for friends after he and his family returned from India. When these travelers came home with moving tales of finding their great-great grandparent’s homes or locating the site where their ancestors were buried, Chetan Kapur realized the potential of his genealogy vacations. His travel agency began advertising individualized genealogy vacations in 2003. Since then, Chetan Kapur has planned hundreds of vacations to dozens of countries for history buffs and families who have traced their family trees as far back as the 1600′s.
Chetan Kapur, his wife Ladli, and their son will soon travel back to India with members of their extended family for their first international family reunion.