The difference between a disaster and one of your best travel days can come down to the littlest things. A helping hand from a few locals was all it took for a rough day in Burma to end in smooth sailing for former Intrepid group leader Ian ‘Swamp’ Marsh…
“Another perfect travel day unfolding on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy. We were heading back to Mandalay on our small riverboat after spending an adventurous and fun morning in the ancient capital of Mingun. The sun was out. Smiles and waves from other riverboats kept us on our toes, as the 40 minute journey back unfolded. What could go wrong?
Could Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut have been an explorer at heart and a tourism trailblazer? In 1493 BC she commissioned an expedition to the ancient land of Punt, known today as Somalia, and this first female pharaoh commissioned public buildings and temples that continue to attract visitors to Egypt. Even her own temple adds wonder to the Valley of the Kings, as Intrepid’s Sameh Tawfik discovers…
“Plodding up the undulating hills on the back of a placid donkey has a tendency to become monotonous. However, glancing over the cliff to my right, I have a reminder of where I am and where I am heading. At the base of the steep cliff lies the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut and I know just over the next ridge is something even more spectacular.
Mid last year the Horn of Africa was affected by one of the worst droughts in decades, with an estimated 12.4 million people in urgent need of food. We launched our Intrepid East Africa Drought Appeal through The Intrepid Foundation, and many of you responded to support Plan International’s efforts to ensure emergency food relief and essential items were supplied to devastated communities in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.
So one year on, what has happened in those communities and how are they now?
How often do we make a pact with ourselves to return to a special place, but then quickly forget our resolve? Rebecca Murray wasn’t going to let that happen and set her sights on re-discovering her favourite city…
“The vibrations woke me. Pressing snooze for the second time, as I did any other Saturday morning, I rolled over. But I couldn’t help but feel this was not another lazy Saturday that permitted a sleep-in. I rubbed both eyes forcedly with my palms, trying to awaken my senses. My surrounds were unknown. Undoubtedly it was much more humid than days I had been waking to over the last few months. The sheets were rougher, the bed – smaller, the smell – mustier.
Someone once said, “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” That was certainly the case for Gemma Urban, who had no idea of the rules and couldn’t work out which team was in front, but had so much fun matching it with local kids in Cambodia…
“After weaving through the streets on a long hot day in Siem Reap, we (being the fabulous four Swedish, English and Australian gang) wandered into our haven. This was a little refuge on the main road, where they offer ice-cold refresher towels that are actually kept in the freezer for our comfort and pleasure.
Our most vivid travel memories can come from iconic sights or famous locations, but so often it’s the less likely experiences that sneak up on you. For Sheryll Stapleton her ‘mmm moment’ was enjoyed on the longest river in Southeast Asia…
“I never dreamed I would experience something like this. Years later and I still think of this mightiest of rivers in my dreams. The magnificent Mekong with its eddies and swirls. The peacefulness of the long boat broken only by the gradually increasing and then decreasing roar of a faster vessel.
We’re very proud to announce that Intrepid Travel has won the Preservation category of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards, with our far-reaching commitment to carbon management and low impact travel attracting the nod from the judges. The Preservation category is awarded to a travel company for, “Championing heritage, greening the planet”.
This is the fifth time that Intrepid’s Environmental Management Policy has been recognised, having previously received:
- 2011 Winner, Global Tourism Business Award, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
- 2011 Highly Commended, Best Low Carbon Initiative, Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Awards 2011
- 2010 Finalist The International Ecotourism Society Innovation Awards
- 2009 Budget Travel Magazine’s ‘Extra Mile Award’ for Intrepid Travel’s Carbon Offset Trips
A big thank you to Intrepid’s passionate group leaders around the world who play a vital role in inspiring travellers to care about and donate to projects supported by The Intrepid Foundation.
One of Intrepid Travel’s longest serving group leaders, Sally Arnold, is passionate about The Intrepid Foundation’s Indonesian project, Bumi Sehat, which has been making huge inroads to address maternal health issues…
“For 10 years, The Intrepid Foundation has been supporting WSPA. On behalf of ourselves and the animals, we are so grateful for everything that you have done for us.
The support has taken many forms. Intrepid’s promotion of animal-friendly choices for travellers has made people more aware of animal welfare issues on a global scale. The joint ‘Compassionate Traveller’ initiative was an example of the partnership flourishing; a global education campaign about travellers making the best choices for animals.
At the foot of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro is a wonderful program that is helping to revolutionise education using the ‘sandwich’ approach!
The Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) has received support through The Intrepid Foundation for five years now and we are proud to help support their long term commitment to critical primary education. Katy Allen, VEPK’s Director explains…