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“停止在中国军队是相当令人毛骨悚然,”Bill Marr Johnson笑着说。“我们遇到了军事演习——坦克上下隆隆作响,大炮在地上挖掘。他们留了我们三个小时。我们很紧张,因为我们不知道他们会怎么对待我们。”
 
这是一个三周的旅行经过西藏,住在一个混合的酒店和卡车司机站在水泥地板的宿舍金属床。“他们都是很好的,”他说,“唯一的问题是长滴厕所,它从不清洗。”他最近的其他探险活动包括访问越南、阿塞拜疆、阿布哈兹(俄罗斯和格鲁吉亚之间的准自治州),中国的塔克拉玛干大沙漠,和许多“斯坦。
他们是那种目的地和旅行者的故事任何返回的空档年的学生会很高兴有他们带,但Marr Johnson不在他去大学。他今年72岁。
他的下一次旅行,从Clapham退休的特许测量师,西南伦敦,将访问巴布亚新几内亚,坐船到部落的腹地。在那之后,耶路撒冷、阿曼和北高加索的一个分支都在他的名单中。“寓意是:尽可能地去做,”他高兴地说。
虽然他的癖显然是惊人的,Marr Johnson先生是一个异常比一部分是旅游业已经作为一个重要的趋势。
一旦退休旅行意味着游轮、高尔夫、文化周末旅行和冬季阳光海滩的休息,近年来,人们对异国情调和冒险旅行的需求激增。
“我们真的注意到在过去五到七年,”Jonny Bealby说,旅游经营者野生前沿的创始人,而Marr Johnson先生经常前往。
“如果你去看旅行节目,你会看到同样的人口统计学。婴儿潮一代看到他们的孩子从空档年和冒险中回来,他们在想,等一下,我们从来没有机会这样做。除非你是嬉皮士,是一个很小的少数民族在上世纪70年代的生活是相当严重的,你要得到的事业。现在他们赚了钱,还清了抵押贷款,孩子们离开了家,获得了体面的养老金,他们想把钱花在经验上。”
来自国家统计局的数据显示,英国的英国65岁以上人口海外旅行跃升到13.7%从2014到2016。英国旅行社协会的一项调查表明,大幅增加到2017年8月的12个月后,岁以上的老人现在更可能去国外度假比任何其他年龄组。
但正是在旅游业更冒险的结局中,这种影响才最为强烈。
 
去年,Bealby先生领导的小组在吉尔吉斯斯坦的一个4100m走过去,其中一个小组的成员为74人,“他远远不是最慢的,而不是由一个长粉笔”。

 

“Being stopped by the Chinese army was fairly hair-raising,” says Bill Marr-Johnson with a chuckle. “We had come across a military manoeuvre — tanks rumbling up and down, field guns dug in. They kept us for three hours. We were on edge because we had no idea how they were going to treat us.”

That was on a three-week trip through Tibet, staying at a mix of hotels and truckers’ stops with metal beds in concrete-floored dormitories. “They were fine,” he says, “the only problem was the long-drop toilets, which are never cleaned.” His other recent expeditions have included visits to Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Abkhazia (the would-be autonomous state between Russia and Georgia), China’s Taklamakan Desert, and many of the ‘Stans.
They are the sort of destinations and travellers’ tales any returning gap year student would be delighted to have under their belt, but Mr Marr-Johnson is not on his way up to university. He is 72.
For his next trip, the retired chartered surveyor from Clapham, south west London, will visit Papua New Guinea, travelling by boat into the tribal hinterlands. After that, Jerusalem, Oman and a traverse of the north Caucasus are on his list. “The moral is: do it while you can,” he says with evident glee.
And though his wanderlust is clearly prodigious, Mr Marr-Johnson is less of an outlier than part of what the travel industry is recognising as a key trend.
Where once travel in retirement meant cruises, golf, cultural weekend trips and winter sun beach breaks, recent years have seen a surge in demand for exotic and adventurous travel.
“We have really noticed it in the last five to seven years,” says Jonny Bealby, the founder of tour operator Wild Frontiers, with whom Mr Marr-Johnson has often travelled.
“If you go to the travel shows you see the same demographic. The baby boomers have seen their kids come back from gap years and adventures and they are thinking, hang on, we never had a chance to do that. Unless you were on the hippy trail — and that was a tiny minority — life in the 1970s was quite serious, you had to get on and get a career going. Now they have made their money, paid off the mortgage, the kids have left home, they have got decent pensions, and they want to spend it on experiences.”
Figures from the UK Office for National Statistics show the number of British over-65s travelling overseas leapt by 13.7 per cent from 2014 to 2016. A separate survey from the Association of British Travel Agents suggests that, after a significant increase in the 12 months to August 2017, over-65s are now more likely to take foreign holidays than any other age group.

But it is at the more adventurous end of the travel industry that the effect is being most keenly felt.

Last year, Mr Bealby led a walking group across a 4,100m pass in Kyrgyzstan, including one group member who was 74, “and he was far from the slowest, not by a long chalk”.

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