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When you travel with O.A.T., we promise that you’re getting the best combination of value and experience, at the best price—even with international airfare included
When you refer new travelers to O.A.T. through our Vacation Ambassador Referral Program, you’ll earn $100 per person in your choice of CASH or credit—and the more travelers you refer, the greater the rewards: up to a FREE TRIP. Watch our video to learn how.
Learn about how you can guarantee your trip price—with OAT’s exclusive Good Buy Plan. The earlier you reserve and pay in full by check or electronic funds transfer, the more you'll save.
Many OAT travelers don’t stop at one annual adventure. For those who reserve two or more trips within one calendar year—either with OAT, Grand Circle Cruise Line, Grand Circle Travel, or a combination of the three—we’ve introduced a new Sir Edmund Hillary Club benefit to reward your exceptional passion for discovery.
Every time you travel with O.A.T., you'll receive a Frequent Traveler Credit worth 5% of the advertised cost of your trip, applicable toward the next O.A.T. adventure you take within one year.
At O.A.T., we strongly believe that word of mouth is our best advertisement. And it works. Just ask the more than 500 Group Leaders who have chosen an O.A.T. adventure for their travelers this year—and traveled FREE! Watch our video to learn how.
Watch our video to learn about the benefits of our Travel Protection Plan. You can cancel your O.A.T. adventure at any time—up to the day of your departure, and for any reason—and retain the FULL value of your trip, including your deposit.
See what differentiates us from other travel companies and how these differences have made O.A.T. the undisputed leader in small group travel along the road less traveled.
See why O.A.T. travelers are different from typical tourists—and especially how they love stepping out of their comfort zones and going off the beaten path to discover local culture. Plus, meet a few of the O.A.T. travelers who know the benefits of small group travel.
With itineraries designed exclusively for experienced American travelers, we’ve been providing indelible travel memories for more than 40 years. Find out what makes OAT the undisputed leader in small group travel along the road less traveled.
Many OAT travelers return to discover the world with us time and time again, and to show our appreciation, we've created the Sir Edmund Hillary Club, a membership rewards program for travelers who've joined us on three or more adventures.
Over the past 10 years, our travelers and industry experts have given us high marks in independent surveys from Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and more. When you embark on an O.A.T. adventure, you can expect an award-winning experience.
Alan and Harriet Lewis created the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation with the mission of changing people’s lives through travel—which includes both the travelers who journey with O.A.T., and the local people who welcome us so warmly into their homelands.
O.A.T. Vice Chairman Harriet Lewis created the Harriet’s Corner online community as a place where travelers can learn and connect. Enjoy stories, trivia, and short films featured in our Inside Scoop e-newsletter … ask and answer questions in our Travel Forum … view issues of our Dispatches quarterly magazine … and much more.
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Hear why visual storytelling helps to build a conversation about the world from filmmaker David Conover.
We invite you to share your photos of memorable moments made with Overseas Adventure Travel—and a description of why those memories are so special to you—with all our travelers.
Have you ever wondered what makes a great photo or video? Many of us have struggled to capture that perfect moment and come up short. But by employing these practical tips, we hope to enhance the overall quality of your photos and videos—and increase the fun you have when taking them!
When taking a photo or video, your instinct might be to place your subject in the center of your picture. Resist this temptation!
One of the first compositional techniques that professionals learn is the “Rule of Thirds.” In your mind’s eye (or your camera’s, if it has the capability), draw two horizontal lines and two vertical lines to divide your frame into nine equally-sized rectangles. Think of the layout of a tic-tac-toe grid.
As a rule of thumb, the key compositional elements of your subject (faces, horizons, animals, etc.) should be placed along these imaginary lines, or at their intersections. Studies have shown that people’s attention is naturally drawn to these points of a photograph. Framing your subjects in this manner allows you to take advantage of this phenomenon, subtly creating a more appealing presentation.
Images of smiling people posed stiffly in front of an iconic landmark are ubiquitous—so why not try to capture a moment that makes the viewer laugh?
Photos or videos that have a sense of humor, such as a funny or unique expression, are more interesting for the viewer. And when you capture a moment of surprise or energy, the photo or video comes to life, separating it from more traditional posed images.
Often times, a simple change of perspective can make an otherwise typical photograph or video memorable, so try placing your camera at unusual angles—angle it up from the ground, or get a higher vantage point by climbing nearby stairs or ladders.
Lighting is one of the most important compositional elements of photography and videography. In fact, you can change the mood of almost any image—dramatic, playful, reflective, suspenseful—by changing the lighting.
The best time of day for photography and videography is in the early morning just after the sun rises, or in the evening just before it sets. The elegant, mystical dance of color and shadow can lead to some amazing visual opportunities, and, according to an O.A.T. Photo Editor, “Your subjects will be bathed in a soft, golden glow.”
Avoid shooting in the early afternoon, when the bright, harsh light of the sun overhead can ruin an otherwise perfect image. If you must take a picture in less than ideal lighting conditions, follow the advice of Photo Editor Meredith Mulcahy for photos: “Put your subject in the shade, and use a flash to control the amount of exposure.”
Some of the most remarkable travel photos and videos capture people in candid moments, which offer a glimpse into the daily life of the person or the larger culture. But take the advice of Photo Manager Meredith Gausch: “Nobody likes to feel like a subject.” So smile, laugh, joke, converse, or gesticulate while snapping your image. Even if you don’t speak the language, try to make your subject comfortable.
When shooting local people, the rule of thumb is to ask permission first, as many societies have cultural or religious taboos about capturing someone’s image. Award-winning photographer and O.A.T. traveler Dr. Joseph Heyman has a different take on this: “If I see a wonderful moment, I like to seize it. If you approach someone first to get permission, what happens? They stop what they are doing and you lose the moment.”
Dr. Heyman suggests you take your picture or video first, then approach and ask permission. “I always walk right up to them and ask, ‘May I take your photo?’ as I show it to them in my viewfinder. Usually they are thrilled with the result and give their OK. If they do not, I delete the shot right there so they know I am respecting their wishes.”
In other words, shoot first, ask questions later—but always be respectful.