With Halloween fast approaching, things are getting spooky at Intrepid. Several staff called in sick during the full moon and we’re pretty sure there’s a malevolent presence haunting the downstairs coffee machine.
The path from Burma to Thailand is a dark one. In World War II the Japanese invaded British-occupied Burma and started looking for a more secure overland supply route to connect the neighbouring countries.
When most travellers think of Brazil they only see the big cities, the crowded beaches and the crazy nightlife. It’s Rio this and Rio that.
Ladakh translates as ‘Land of the high passes’, which, on arrival, feels rather appropriate.
Whizzing through the skies and trekking through rainforests right now are travellers of every shape, size and background, passionate about everything from ancient Peruvian pottery to Germany’s underground rave scene. Somewhere out there is a person who shares your obsession with boutique Belgian beers, or that quirky urge to follow Bogie and Bergman’s footsteps in Casablanca.
We exist in a voyeuristic age. Our ‘friends’ number in the thousands, we like and poke, favourite and regram them, we collect morsels of their lives through crafted snapshots and communicate in rapid-fire messages of emoticons, abbreviations, acronyms, quick quips and comic banter. LOL YOLO FOMO WTF FML OMG #sorrynotsorry – what does it all even mean?
When choosing their next travel destination, most people begin with the scenery, or the culture or those unpronounceable ruins everyone says you have to see. But we believe that ‘friendliness’ should be high on the priority list. When you’re a million miles from home, and every street corner looks the same, and you’re hungry and lost and have limited phone reception, friendliness can be next to godliness.
You can plan an itinerary, but you can’t plan for people. And while we build the trips, it’s you guys that really write the stories.
Travel is life’s greatest friendship machine. New friends are forged within it, and existing friends go through it together, coming out that other side that much stronger (provided nobody leaves the passports in the hotel bar).