12 Unexpected Destinations for Overseas Adventure Travel

Vacation isn’t always best spent relaxing. For some, overseas adventure travel is the name of the game. Chasing an adrenaline rush with any number of extreme sports and experiences can make for an unforgettable adventure and an excellent travel story.

Here are 12 unexpected spots for an overseas adventure travel for the traveler looking for an unexpectedly adventurous getaway. From ice climbing in Africa to animal encounters in the Caribbean, you are guaranteed a memorable trip to these unique destinations.

Baños, Ecuador

Canyoning

In a country known for its adventure sports, there is no better spot to visit than Baños, Ecuador. Sitting below the active Tungurahua volcano, Baños sits on the border of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest. Its rivers cascade down from the mountains, creating dozens of stunning waterfalls surrounding the city.

That is where canyoning comes in. While it may not be the most well-known adventure sport, it sure is worth a try. What could be more thrilling than repelling down a rushing waterfall? Adrenaline junkies across Latin America and beyond head to this canyoning capital for an unforgettable adventure.

The best part? Even beginners can go canyoning in Baños. It might take some time to get used to the harness and find your rhythm, the highly-skilled guides ensure a great experience, even for beginners. Get ready to see a waterfall from a whole new perspective!

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Sacred Valley, Peru

Hiking

The four-day hike from the Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu might be one of the most famous treks on the planet. Still, far too many hikers miss out on the other incredible treks of the Sacred Valley.

Seize every challenge as an adventure traveler in one of Peru’s most scenic destinations. The

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Each day a new journey for outdoor travel pioneer Leo Le Bon

Leo Le Bon sliced through Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park, his silvery gray hair streaming out the back of his bike helmet as he pedaled past a cyclist.

A short time later the other rider, who was 52, caught up with Le Bon and realized with some astonishment that the man who had overtaken him was a lot older than he was.

“There’s no shame in beating an 80-year-old,” Le Bon said with a smile as he rode on.

Every day is a new adventure for the man who pioneered adventure in outdoor travel when he and his partners opened Mountain Travel in Oakland’s Montclair district in 1969. The company became the first in the nation to offer commercial mountain treks from the United States to destinations abroad.


More than four decades later, the adventure travel industry is exploding, growing at 65 percent a year and worth more than $260 billion, according to a 2013 report by George Washington University and the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

“Leo was a visionary who saw opportunity,” said Kevin Callaghan, CEO of Mountain Travel Sobek in Emeryville. “All the companies that came after his exist because of Leo.”

Passion for mountains

Le Bon has traveled to every continent, with treks to the Himalayas and to peaks in South America. He wrote three books, “Where Mountains Live,” “Majestic Mountains” and “The Adventurous Traveler’s Guide,” which are illustrated with his photos.

Among his favorite mountain places are base camp on Mount Everest, at 19,000 feet, and the expansive Tibetan plateau, at 14,000 feet.

Le Bon was born in Belgium, where there are few mountains. He was raised to get around on a bike.

“I was biking when Eddy Merckx was in diapers,” he said, referring to the five-time winner of the Tour de France, who is 69

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Luxury Travel Takes Off Again | Family Living

(NewsUSA) – As the world reopens, savvy travelers want to make the most of every opportunity for unique and indulgent experiences.     

Today, seekers of luxury adventure travel may include singles, couples, retirees and families.     

Some people want to plan the ultimate destination wedding, others are looking for the ultimate golf outing.     

Whether they are celebrating a milestone event or just want to enjoy an unforgettable adventure, travelers have high expectations.     

Companies such as Adventure Travel 365 fill this niche by curating and selecting the top destinations, cultural experiences and adventures for their clients.     When seeking a top-notch travel service, look for features that will make your travel:     

• Easy. Booking with a company that specializes in luxury travel means that all you have to do is pack and go, knowing that your destinations have been selected, verified and approved by experts in the field.     

• Unique. The right luxury travel company has the resources to offer exclusive opportunities that fit your interests, whether it is extreme mountain sports, indulgent spas or whatever else you had in mind.     

• Incredible. Top-notch luxury travel companies have done their research and identified amazing experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.     

Adventure Travel 365 is a company created to meet the needs of modern adventure travelers. It provides clients with all the information needed to plan the ultimate luxury vacation. Its luxury adventure magazine, “Explore Luxury,” is published digitally each month, with a yearly print edition. The digital and print versions showcase stories and photos of the world’s most prestigious resorts, and hotels, along with a range of activities, spas and restaurants to suit any taste and appeal to any interest.     

The company’s 365 Excellence Award is given to only the top-tier travel destinations and signifies that its staff writers,

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Overseas Adventure Travel Named to Travel + Leisure 2022 World’s Best Awards

O.A.T. is #2 Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Line

BOSTON, July 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in personalized small group and solo travel, today announced that it has been named #2 in the Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Lines category in the Travel + Leisure 2022 World’s Best Awards.

Overseas Adventure Travel logo (PRNewsfoto/Grand Circle Corporation)

“Travelers are saying that their immersive experiences on O.A.T. Small Ships are special,” said CEO Brian FitzGerald.

“We are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure this year,” said Brian FitzGerald, Chief Executive Officer of O.A.T. “Our travelers are telling us that their personalized, immersive experiences on O.A.T. Small Ships are something special. We work hard to achieve excellence.”

According to Travel + Leisure, the Best Intimate-ship Ocean Cruise Lines category is a new classification designed to honor the smallest oceangoing vessels, recognizing ships with fewer than 150 cabins. “More nimble than their larger counterparts, these petite ships often take travelers to farther-flung and less-frequented ports, from tropical destinations to both poles,” states T+L.

Each year for its World’s Best Awards, Travel + Leisure surveys readers on their travel experiences around the globe. Readers share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Individual cruise ships are rated by readers on their cabins and facilities, food, service, itineraries and destinations, excursions and activities, and value.

O.A.T. provides travelers over 50 with impactful, intercultural experiences that help change people’s lives. O.A.T. fosters an intimate and accessible experience, with groups limited to 16 travelers (average of 13) by land and 25 (average of 22) by sea.

To learn more about O.A.T., visit www.oattravel.com or call 1-800-955-1925.

ABOUT OVERSEAS ADVENTURE TRAVEL

Established in 1978, Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.) is part of Boston-based Grand Circle Corporation’s family of travel companies,

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