In its strategic east-meets-west location, Istanbul has attracted migrants and travellers for centuries. Within the Fener and Balat districts, where the population is mostly rural immigrants, is a fabulous organisation receiving support through The Intrepid Foundation, and turning around the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Had we attempted to retrace Shackleton’s polar survival journey as recently as 1962, a knock on the door of the managers’ house at Stromness whaling station would have met with a greeting in Japanese not Norwegian,” recounts polar explorer and environmental scientist, Tim Jarvis.
For over a thousand years, people have embarked on pilgrimages along El Camino de Santiago as an act of Christian spiritual devotion.
For Intrepid co-founder, Darrell Wade, the experience of walking on the Camino in Northern Spain was perhaps more on the self-gratifying or pleasurable side…
For this year’s World Health Day, celebrated on April 7, we’d like to share with you something extraordinary. The Intrepid Foundation‘s long-term partner, The Fred Hollows Foundation, recently supported the largest eye camp of its kind in Myanmar.
In this remarkable two minute video you can witness Dr Ruit, one of the world’s best surgeons, performing 10 cataract operations in just 80 minutes. This has to be seen to be believed.
Now it’s time for David to put his head down and write up his PhD thesis…but not without sending us some more enchanting observations…
March 20 is proclaimed as the UN International Day of Happiness. The day recognises the importance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of people everywhere.
It was inspired by the country of Bhutan and their political philosophy of prioritising and measuring happiness amongst their people, over income.
“Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” These were the classic words of Robin Williams in the now iconic film Dead Poet’s Society, released in 1989.
Also back in ’89, two 20-something young men called Darrell and ‘Manch’ took these words to heart. They not only made their own lives extraordinary, but those of many thousands of others through the launch of Intrepid Travel, THE classic responsible travel company.
Intrepid trips have always been designed to be as planet friendly as possible – using public transport where we can, staying in smaller locally owned and operated accommodation where available, buying local produce and carefully managing precious resources such as energy and water.
And since 2010, the majority of our trips are carbon offset – this means we measure the carbon emissions from the transport, accommodation and waste generated and contribute to emissions reduction programs ‘balancing out’ these emissions.
Everyone has power to make real change and impact in the world. Including you. Join in this years Earth Hour on 29 March, and you will be part of the world’s biggest and most engaging grassroots movement.
Of course it’s not just about one hour. It’s about the future of our planet!
Earth Hour is the planet’s single-largest call-to-action on climate change. Through the simple act of turning off lights for one hour, millions of people across the globe come together to raise awareness for this issue and to work on the solutions.
Just imagine the Galapagos…with no majestic giant tortoise, no quizzical looking blue footed boobies, no sea lions taking over the park benches on the water front, or no dinosaur-like marine iguanas sun-baking on the rocks.
It’s a scary thought – but if not for one action 50 years ago, that’s how the Galapagos Islands could be now.