Always wanted to go to Vietnam? Jeremy Bookman explains why he gives it the thumbs up…
“This journey was a long time coming, but even with all the anticipation my Intrepid adventure still exceeded my wildest dreams. I finally found myself on the Vietnam Express trip going south from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. After a day or two adjusting to life in South East Asia, we left the kinetic pace of Hanoi behind for the serenity of Halong Bay.
Being stranded at an airport is like being stuck on a city’s front doorstep. A doorstep that’s normally full of uninspiring fast food, uncomfortable chairs and awkward body searches. But before you curl up on the welcome mat and wait it out, Intrepid’s Adam Slater has come up with some handy tips for surviving the ultimate travel purgatory – the airport layover…
Tip 1 – Repack your bags
OK, this suggestion might seem rather hellish at first, but hear us out. We’re not saying you need to scatter your dirty underwear all over the boarding gate lounge, but a quick repack can make the next leg of your journey just a little bit more manageable. Heading for a change in climate? Time to take out that warm jacket for when you arrive. Where are your headphones? Could you find them in a dark aircraft cabin when the baby in front of you starts screaming? What about your passport? You’re going to need to be able to find that when, after said baby has kept you up all night, you suddenly find yourself in a foreign passport control. We might sound like your mother here, but an efficient packing strategy can stop you being ‘that guy’ who accidently threw his boarding pass in the bin with his packet of corn-chips.
Intrepid is thrilled to announce that Australian MasterChef 2011 finalist and MasterChef 2012 All-star Dani Venn will be joining our team of Intrepid Foodies and this week she’s off to enjoy a culinary journey through Bangkok and Chiang Mai on Bite-size Break – Thailand!
Dani’s love of food and cooking came from watching her Mum work the wok to create delicious meals for the family. Chinese food has influenced Dani’s style, as her ancestors were some of the first Chinese settlers to come to Australia. After finishing high school, Dani spent seven months voluntarily teaching English in Vietnam. Here she discovered street food, ate as much as she possibly could, and experienced an amazing and intriguing way of living.
The winners of the “Academy Awards of the food industry”*, The James Beard Awards have been announced and lo and behold, who should make the list but our favourite Intrepid Foodies and partners, The Perennial Plate!
The Real World Food Tour that Intrepid Travel produces in partnership with Daniel and Mirra, the dynamic duo behind The Perennial Plate, won the ‘Video Webcast: On Location’ category.
You’ve decided that Peru and its famous Inca Trail is at the top of your travel wish list, but how do you make it happen? Is it within reach for an inexperienced hiker and what should you know before you go?
Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine have arguably the best job in the world: travelling and eating. Known as The Perennial Plate, they produce highly entertaining videos that dig into the local cuisine and culture of their destinations. They are also Intrepid Foodies on a Real Food World Tour and the duo recently took time out from a speaking engagement in Copenhagen to chat with Matador Network’s Carlo Alcos about their work and travel and eating tips…
Carlo: I just spent the past half hour watching some of your videos. The latest was the coconut one you posted on your Facebook page. It’s so interesting how they use every part of, not just the coconut, but the entire tree too.
Mirra: Yeah, it’s really important to them. It’s really part of their lives.
How do you supercharge your travel writing and photography? David Miller of Matador Network gives us his top 10 professional tips…
“As travellers in the digital age, with every image we share, with every post we write, we’re adding to the larger narrative of how travel and place are described around the world. We become, by default, storytellers.
Let’s face it, after we’ve had a few more than we care to count, our birthdays do become a bit of a blur. So Jeanne Miner decided to make sure this her next birthday would really stand out…
“For my 50th birthday my husband and I went to Cost Rica for a week-long party. It was amazing! We zip lined high above the tree tops, went canyoning and rappelled down waterfalls! I have never done any of these things before and they made me feel like I could do anything.
There are many celebrations around the world where the actual origins of the festival become a bit fuzzy, but in China you can be certain that they’ve kept track of their traditions over time.
Sunny Liu, former Intrepid Group Leader, helps us learn about the history behind one of China’s most important national holidays…
We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
A graduate of the Department of Guiding at Helwan University, Hossam (known as ‘Sam’), worked in a number of Cairo’s five star hotels before becoming a tour leader in 2009 so that he could share his passion for Ancient Egypt with travellers from all over the world. He leads a number of itineraries for Intrepid including Pyramids to Petra, Jordan & Egypt Express, Egypt Experience, Discover Egypt, and Explore Egypt.