Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Christopher Elliott Globe correspondent July 31, 2018 Q. I recently booked a tour of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam through Overseas Adventure Travel. I paid a deposit of $350. Before I paid for the trip, I received a health advisory from OAT asking: “Is this adventure right for you?”It wasn’t. To participate, I had to be able to make a 328-step walk up with no handrails and a four-hour walk on uneven surfaces. Travelers also had to be able to participate in five to seven hours of physical activity each day. Advertisement I received this information months after paying my $350 deposit. Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here I am a senior citizen under medical care for cardiovascular disease, … [Read more...] about Why didn’t Overseas Adventure Travel tell me this tour wasn’t right for me?
The Hanoitimes - Bored of beach holidays and bike rides? Launch yourself into one of the top 5 adventure travel activities in Vietnam. Discover the five outdoor adventure travel activites in Vietnam from take a leap of faith on a bungee jump in Nha Trang to enjoy the Zipline in Quang Binh province, and more. Bungee Jump Bungee Jump. Bungee jump is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure is usually a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or crane; but it is also possible to jump from a movable object, such as a hot-air-balloon or helicopter, that has the ability to hover above the ground. The thrill comes from the free-falling and the rebound. When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord recoils, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the kinetic energy is dissipated. You can take a leap of faith on a bungee jump in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s top 5 adventure travel experiences
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam has been listed among the world’s best adventure travel countries, according to Us News and World Report, a US media company. According to Usnews and World Report, travel trends are changing, with tourists increasingly looking to bring a bit of action to their holidays. That’s why Usnews and World Report has put together a list top 50 best adventure travel countries in the world. Vietnam named among world’s best adventure travel countries. Photo: Getty Images. Usnews and World Report surveyed 21,000 people about which five countries they found to be friendly, fun, pleasant climate, scenic and sexy, the five attributes which are the most likely to cultivate an adventurous holiday, and then ranked the countries which scored highest on all categories. Vietnam has been ranked 43rd on the list of the best adventure travel countries in the world. “Vietnam is densely populated and growing quickly, with about one third of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam named among world’s best adventure travel destinations
While it may seem that capturing your travel memories with a phone and a strong movement towards downsizing your photography gear is all the rage, you’d be surprised at how many hard core adventure travelers still carry a full set of photography gear while they travel. We are among those travelers and while it can be cumbersome at times to have excess equipment, I never regret it when I sit down and go through my photos after a day of shooting. Everyone has their own opinion on what you should carry and what works for them in the field, but I think it goes without saying that this list will provide you with 5 key things that most, if not all, adventure travelers are carrying in their photography kit. Adventure travel takes you to places that don’t play well with photography gear, like the primal rainforests of Sabah, Borneo. We spent 3 days on a small boat in the jungle and our photography gear survived because we had a great gear bag! Good Gear Bag As a lover of all things … [Read more...] about Photography Gear Every Adventure Traveler Should Carry
Adventure travel is no longer just for the young. According to a new survey of tourists nearing retirement conducted by One Travel and reported by Lonely Planet, older travelers have started shifting vacation plans from traditional beachfront destinations to more exotic locations such as Thailand, Vietnam and Peru. While Cancun may continue to be the No. 1 international choice of this demographic, the No. 2 and 3 slots are now filled by Tel Aviv, Israel, and Bangkok, Thailand, according to the survey. Europe remains a popular international choice, dominating seven of the top 20 choices. According to AARP, 47 percent of baby boomers are looking for a getaway from everyday life this year, up from 39 percent last year. A variety of tour operators offer adventure travel designed for older travelers. ROW Adventures offers what it calls Active Senior Adventure Travel. Elder Treks leads small group exotic adventures for those 50 and over. — TravelPulse (TNS) … [Read more...] about Adventure travel is not just for the young