Opinion – Unmissable adventures around the world – Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet proposes hiking,  climbing, cycling, surfing, canoeing, as a few of the countless ways to explore a country, if you’ve got a taste for adventure. Then it answers the question, ‘But which of these pulse-quickening experiences fall into the ‘don’t-leave-without’ category?’

Source: Unmissable adventures around the world

To my surprise, we’ve done four of the nineteen proposed adventures – not bad for a couple of seniors.

What about you?

Of course, there are different types of travel, for example:

  • Independent travellers
  • Adventurous independent travellers
  • Group travellers
  • Cruise lovers

Much depends upon your passion, fitness, interests, available time, budget, independence and risk profile.

Marilyn and I are passionate independent travellers with a controlled taste for adventure. For example, one of our most previleged travel experiences was working with Giant Pandas in Sechuan, China (our blog was translated in Mandarin and Japanese to share with others lovers of Giant Pandas)

For more of our adventures, see our travel blogs:

Discover the Orient & the Pacific

Taking the Slow Road to Cyprus

But many people of our age prefer group travel or cruises – good luck to them but it’s not for us.


Coast to coast: across Australia by rail aboard the Indian Pacific – Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet answers the question, ‘why travel such a distance when you could fly’? It suggests that compared to the cramped confines of a flight which merely delivers you to the starting point of your holiday, a sleeper train is a memorable travel adventure in itself. According to LP, this is particularly true for the Indian Pacific, which is one of the world’s few transcontinental trains.

Source: Coast to coast: across Australia by rail aboard the Indian Pacific

I’ve only had one multi-day train trip and that was the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada’s British Columbia, which was a once in a lifetime experience. I guess that the Indian Pacific must be compared to the likes of the ‘Trans Siberian’ but I think that I’d get restless and a bit bored with the repetition of the scenery. Also the more comfortable classes are rather pricey, so it’s down to personal choice.