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.


‘The sword stands ready’: On aircraft carrier deck, Pence reiterates U.S. pledge to defend Japan | The Japan Times

The Japan Times in a prominent story reports that visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has warned Pyongyang on Wednesday not to test the resolve and military capability of the United States.

Source: ‘The sword stands ready’: On aircraft carrier deck, Pence reiterates U.S. pledge to defend Japan | The Japan Times

Critics of the Trump administration’s foreign policy options related to North Korea’s threatening military capability should remember that the US has a deep defensive pact with Japan that goes back to the WWII settlement. We have already seen from an earlier Japan Times editorial that Japan is alarmed at the increasing risk from North Korea.