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Overseas Adventure Travel a Good Fit for the 50Plus Adventure-Loving Crowd

OAT Offers More Than 75 Trips Popular With Solo Travelers


Visiting Myanmar With Overseas Adventure Travel

Visiting Myanmar With Overseas Adventure Travel

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Overseas Adventure Travel, Grand Circle Travel, and the Grand Circle Foundation are all part of Grand Circle Corporation, a company that focuses on international travel, adventure, and discovery for Americans aged 50 and older. I have friends who have taken several trips with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). They say the groups are usually relatively small, the guides are good and the trips run smoothly. A few of these friends are older, and appreciate it that they can still travel with small groups and not have to worry about logistics. They say that the trips work particularly well for older women traveling solo.

Established in 1958, the company runs more than 75 escorted vacations, river cruises, and small group adventures by land and sea worldwide. More than 70 percent of the company's travelers are women; 96 percent of those traveling solo are women. Overseas Adventure Travel has often been recognized by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, and other travel and philanthropic associations for its excellent service and cultural impact. In 2010, Travel + Leisure awarded OAT its Global Vision Award for Philanthropic Travel, as well as naming it among the World's Best Tour Operator/Safari Outfitter.

The Boss' Pitch: Why Travel With Overseas Adventure Travel

Alan E. Lewis, Chairman and CEO, says, "OAT is the best choice for Americans aged 50 and older who want to connect face-to-face on their vacations with real local people and experience their authentic way of life. Travelers love the fact that our groups are never more than 16 people, and that our local resident Trip Leaders bring them to visit local schools, homes and communities in each of the countries they explore. Our travelers also love that we offer the best prices in the industry, encourage solo travelers, and that we give back to communities where we travel, including for example, supporting about 100 schools in 30 countries through our Grand Circle Foundation."

Popular Adventure Travel Outings with Overseas Adventure Travel

  • Africa is a popular destination for OAT travelers. Some of the African Safari trips include The Best of Kenya and Tanzania, Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari, and Out of Africa: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Tanzania
  • On the Soul of India: The Colorful South, travelers go from rock-hewn temples that overlook the Bay of Bengal to the palm-fringed shores of the Arabian Sea; visit Chennai, where Tamil music fills the air; Tanjore, where millennium-old Chola temples rise over ancient streets; and Kerala, where wildlife roams free on the Cardamom Hills.
  • Visitors on Turkey's Sacred Lands & Ancient Civilizations explore this magical land from Istanbul to Ephesus and Cappadocia and cruise along the country's Turquoise coast.
  • OAT offers several chances to explore Burma. These trips to Myanmar, as Burma is now called may include a visit to a 2,500-old gold-clad temple, the chance to witness "one-leg" rowers casting fishing nets, and the opportunity to watch a procession of saffron-robed monks walking across the world's longest teak footbridge near Mandalay, and more.

Visiting Cuba Legally

Overseas Adventure Travel is part of the Grand Circle Family, which also includes the Grand Circle Foundation, Grand Circle Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Line, and Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises. My husband and I went on a people-to-people cultural exchange tour to Cuba with the Grand Circle Foundation. It was a fascinating experience because we spent so much time visiting with many Cuban people.

To Learn More About Overseas Adventure Travel

For more information visit Overseas Adventure Travel.

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