From Vietnam’s culture and cuisine to its incredible history and idyllic landscapes, Val Wex discovered that this fascinating country has a way of energising weary of travellers…
“After three months overseas, by the time we were on the plane to Kuala Lumpur on our way to Hanoi I honestly felt sorry that we were doing the Vietnam trip, as I wanted to come home. But as is often the case, when you don’t want to do something it turns out being the best thing ever.
As the famous Bobby Troup 1946 song says, “If you ever plan to motor west, travel my way, the highway that’s the best. Get your kicks on Route 66!” And that’s exactly how Intrepid’s Barbara Glanz decided to see a different side of the fascinating United States…
“It’s true that I have seen most national parks in North America, I know many American cities, I’ve explored hidden jewels, such as narrow slot canyons in Utah, and I have manoeuvred my sea kayak between Orca whales up in Alaska. However one big thing was missing: the incredible U.S. Route 66, known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, it’s certainly one of the most famous roads in the world.
The temples of Angkor and their mystical quality is what attracts many travellers to Cambodia. But what Intrepid’s Anya Hodson discovered on her trip to this beautiful kingdom, is that it’s the everyday people of Cambodia who make this country so special…
“During a recent conference trip, our Intrepid group was able to schedule a visit to a local project supported by The Intrepid Foundation. Green Gecko is an organisation in Siem Reap for street kids of all ages. As a place of refuge from life on the streets, Green Gecko is somewhere that children can go to receive shelter and education, but also have fun with other kids.
Here’s a top Christmas gift idea! Forget about boring socks and handkerchiefs, give a gift this year that will make you feel great and is guaranteed to change someone’s life. […]
Dozing to the sounds of the sacred river lapping against your boat and seeing the city of Varanasi coming into view are just some of the incredible real life experiences that you can expect on India’s River Ganges. Kate Gates found her journey so extraordinary that she had to ask herself, was it real or an amazing dream…
“I sank back onto the cushions covering the floor of our little boat as we slipped off down the Ganges. We heard only faint watery sounds and the occasional distant cow or village bell breaking the silence.
The Intrepid Foundation has now raised over AU$15,000 for Plan International’s East Africa Drought Appeal. Can you help us make it to AU$20,000?
You’ll be surprised what a difference your donation will make:
$20 will give a clean water kit – soap, bucket and water purification tablets for a family of 5 for a month.
$40 will provide clean water for 175 people for a day.
$75 will feed a family of 6 for two weeks.
$150 will provide high calorie food for 300 children suffering from severe malnutrition.
$280 will pay for a health kit for a clinic to support 150 people for three months.
It’s over 10 years now since Intrepid began exploring the possibilities of taking travellers to a free independent Timor-Leste (East Timor). Since those early days, Intrepid and The Intrepid Foundation are both very proud to have been associated with The Alola Foundation and their important work with the women and children of this new nation.
The Alola Foundation was established in 2001 by Kirsty Sword Gusmão to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence in Timor-Leste and to advocate women’s rights. Alola’s establishment followed a 24-year period of foreign occupation that served to exacerbate women’s vulnerability and exclusion. Women and girls in Timor continue to experience discrimination that prevents them from fully enjoying their rights and limits access to education, health, economic and political participation, and decision-making. But there have been many positive gains, of which Alola’s work has been a huge contributor…
As part of the third year of the ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign, Intrepid Travel, Child Wise and The Body Shop ran a competition to help protect the children of Cambodia from travelling sex offenders. The winner was the person who came up with the best idea for a Child Wise billboard in Phnom Penh.
Congratulations to Isobel Shearman for her winning entry:
“Have you packed your Moral Compass? It doesn’t matter where you are – child sex trafficking is wrong.”
We are thrilled to announce that Intrepid’s Bruno Dawsan has been heralded as the world’s greatest tour leader at the 2011 Wanderlust World Guide Awards!
Last year’s Bronze Award winner, this year Bruno won Gold after receiving even more support, with heartwarming and impassioned testimonials from travellers who told of rescuing people from a fire and helping to make a marriage proposal special. Born into a Tamil tea-picking family, he has become a true “cultural ambassador for his country.”
September 11, 2001, was not only the day of a horrific event in the United States that changed the world in which we live, it was also a day of hope for the Deni. The Deni are a poor indigenous group living in semi-isolation in a very remote part of the Amazon and Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil Amazon Campaign Director, explains why September 11 holds special significance for their survival…
“After waiting more than 10 years for the Brazilian government to show up and recognise their traditional territory, the Deni asked for help from people who wouldn’t deliver broken promises. That day, at 10:00am (same time as New York City) we had a Greenpeace ship – the Sunrise – arrive in Manaus. Media were on board for a press conference to announce that Greenpeace would help the Deni people to demarcate 1.6 million hectares of forests, claimed by them as their historical homeland. With everyone’s attention turning to the tragic news coming out of the USA, it’s no wonder this was the worst media day to help the voices of Deni people to be heard, but work continued and in 2004 the demarcation was completed.