BOSTON - Alan E. Lewis, Chairman of Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), a leader in small groups on the road less traveled, announced O.A.T's "Top 10 Destinations for 2018" based on year-to-date bookings by O.A.T.'s travelers, who are Americans aged 55 and older. More than 15,000 (15,064) travelers have booked an adventure to one (or more) of these destinations in 2018 to-date. O.A.T. anticipates 57,012 travelers overall in 2018 - up from 46,247 in 2016 and 40,266 in 2013.
"Whether 55 or 75, older American travelers are heading to far-flung locations in record numbers - and their varying choice of destinations mirrors the myriad interests of these generations," said Lewis. "What these travelers share in common, though, is the desire to be fully immersed in local life when traveling - by engaging with students and teachers in rural schools, sharing a meal with a family in their home, or spending the day with locals in their village - so that they can gain a first-hand understanding of a destination and, ultimately, a better sense of the world we share."
2018 TOP DESTINATIONS FOR AMERICANS 55+
Machu Picchu & the Galapagos
Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam)
In the past five years, 229,528 Americans 55+ have traveled with O.A.T. - all in small groups of 10-16 on land adventures or 14-25 by Small Ship.