Cruise with craft beer

Craft beers adventure cruisesOK, I get it – actually I get it very easily. Craft beers and cruising. Watching the natural world slip by while downing another excellent lager as somewhere in the background a person who knows much more than me about beer explains the impact of hops on fermented liquids. What better way to see the world than with a skinful of good beer, ‘uniting wilderness and wildlife lovers with craft beer enthusiasts’ as UnCruise puts it. Forget the niceties – these guys came up with a great concept. UnCruise have been…

Adventure travel insurance for the over 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s

travel insurance - PixabayTravel insurance for the over 50s gets more expensive as the years accumulate, especially if you are planning to climb over 8000 metres, jump off a bridge in New Zealand or raft a wild river. Let me know your experiences, good or bad, with insurance companies, their deals, their responses when you got ill, and their treatment of people your age.

I will focus on the UK at first but hope to spread the net to the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as the 50 Onward site builds. To start off I have included a list of UK companies covering the over 50s market on the Insurance Resources page.

Camping with Emperor Penguins

Emperor penguin adventure travel
Exclusive adventure travel to camp beside an Emperor Penguin colony – pic via Pixabay

Just cruising the web and came across this trip booked through ElderTreks. Now, we aren’t ‘Elder’, we’re just not under 50, but hell, what a great trip. Fly from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to Patriot Hills, the base camp for many a sled-hauling trip to the South Pole and climb of Vinson Massif (one of the Seven Summits), and then another Twin Otter flight to camp near an emperor penguin colony and hang out with the big boys of the penguin world.

I am unlikely to take this trip…

I like these people…

GeoEx adventure travel website

GeoEx – I like these people. Why? Because a few years back they wanted to use a photo of mine in a brochure, and they contacted me and paid a reasonable rate for using the image. Then when they wanted to use it the next year as well, they again contacted me for permission, and again paid me a fair rate. In a world where people constantly take the view that ‘we’ll pay if they discover we have used it’, I respect the professional and ethical approach they took with a small-time photographer they had never met. If that’s how they run their business they deserve success, and from a traveller’s point of view, I have confidence that they will act ethically in all their dealings with people along the way.

That, folks, is how you build a brand. Not with expensive advertising or social media stunts, but by behaving ethically and professionally so that people are happy to recommend you.

Not ‘over 50s’, just travellers

Responsible Travel Mar 17Found the Responsible Travel site today – worth a view. In fact the whole Responsible Travel site is excellent, giving a huge range of options, and the over 50s section is really just a ‘you might like to try these tours from our extensive range’ rather than providing slow and easy tours for fogeys. Snow leopard tracking in Ladakh? I think so.

Mountain base camp treks

K2 North Ridge from North K2 Glacier © Lyle Closs 2017
K2 North Ridge from North K2 Glacier © Lyle Closs 2017

This is the trail to the Advance Base Camp site for K2’s North face and ridge on the North (Chinese) side of the world’s second highest mountain.

It’s one of my favourite pics so I thought I’d start the blog with it. You can get to K2 base camp with Jagged Globe, CnAdventure, Uighur Tours and others and you could probably talk High Adventure into going there again. All include the trek to Advance Base Camp. Check out my Trekking Gallery for more pics of the amazing trek.