“There is an old Chinese proverb that says one should travel ten thousand miles than read a thousand books. Following the advice of the ancient sages, I usually try to do both at the same time when I travel, carrying a good book that’s apropos for my destination to while away those long hours in various airport lounges. But what I truly love about travel, is the actual process of discovery. Travels opens our eyes to a world beyond our own, delivering surprises, challenges, laughter and confrontation, sobering our senses with stories of tragedy, misfortune and oppression.
Child sex trafficking is a global phenomenon that effects every country. A recent study funded by The Intrepid Foundation was conducted by Child Wise (in Australia) in partnership with The Body Shop as part of their global ‘Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People’ campaign. The three year campaign promotes greater community awareness on the issue of child sex tourism, which in turn feeds the international demand for child sex trafficking.
The report is based on results from a survey of 18,000 Australians. The most notable findings of the ‘Community Attitudes on Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People Survey Report’ conducted nationally in 2009 were that while 93% of people surveyed said that they were significantly concerned about child sex trafficking, 69% of people did not know what to do if they became aware of a child being sexually exploited overseas.
Did you know that junior monks follow a set of 10 precepts or rules of conduct, while a fully ordained Buddhist monk observes 227 precepts? One of their daily monastic observances is the alms food collection. Each monk carries his own bowl and with around 300,000 monks in Thailand you’d think the bowl business would be booming, but as Steve Davey explains, hand-made baat are an endangered craft…
“If you are up early enough, then you will be able to see the same ritual played out all over South East Asia. Just before sunrise, Buddhist monks leave the sanctuary of their Wats, or monasteries, and walk silently around the nearby streets collecting alms from the faithful.
If you didn’t already know that Intrepid’s leaders are terrific, then here’s proof. We are thrilled to announce that Soontareeporn Hombuayai (Soon) and Naowarat Janchay (Nok) have won the Tourism […]
Ever wondered what it’s like to travel through South East Asia with no sound? Earlier this year Intrepid’s Nicola Gibson and fellow leader Savath had the pleasure of leading a group of 12 deaf travellers on the Great Indochina Loop. The trip gave them the opportunity to experience new pleasures and emotions throughout South East Asia, that may have otherwise gone unnoticed…
“When you travel through Indochina, try covering your ears and let your other senses override to experience the following… Spring rolls, Pad Thai, pancakes, even crickets and silk worms, the smell of street food cooking fills the air in Bangkok. Absorb the atmosphere of the vibrant non-stop city, as the bright lights of bars and tuk tuks whiz past you in the street.
The South Island of New Zealand is one of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds. From walking on an amazing glacier to viewing the country’s highest peak, there are so many travel highs, but the top real life experience for Intrepid traveller Kirra Worldon was taking to the water on Milford Sound…
“Dolphins, seals, waterfalls, clouds wisping over and around snow-capped mountains; Milford Sound is one of the most serene and beautiful places on earth. While there are dozens of different ways to explore it, I opted for an up close and personal wildlife experience. Fjord kayaking was an ideal way to embrace the natural spirit of this place.
Many Intrepid travellers to Vietnam have enjoyed great food and service at the marvellous KOTO on Van Mieu restaurant in Hanoi. On Sunday October 31, KOTO trainees were honoured by an extra special lunch guest, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia.
“We’re all thrilled that the Prime Minister chose to come to KOTO during her short stay in Hanoi and we were privileged to meet her,” said Jimmy Pham, KOTO International CEO and founder (and former Intrepid group leader).
Recently our Intrepid Office in Cuzco organised a pollada. Pollada comes from the word pollo, which means chicken in Spanish. The last time we organised a pollada was to support one of our Inca Trail porters who became sick and needed financial help to cover the doctor and hospital bills. This time, the pollada was to raise money for The Intrepid Foundation.
While sometimes it’s not easy for our team to come and join in our regular pub quiz fundraising nights, a pollada requires little to no effort to get the message to our leaders, hotel friends, local transport staff, Inca trail guides, cook and porters. Mention pollada to anyone in Cuzco and text messages will be flying off cellphones as a viral effect, people will anxiously be waiting for the date of the event!
Q: What do a tombola in Westbury, a BBQ in Cuzco, a gourmet picnic in Florence, a bike ride in Hanoi, spiderman sightings in Lima, pot luck dinners in Toronto, a trail clean-up in Oregon, a grand auction in Nairobi, movies in Melbourne and cowboys in Beijing have in common?
A: They were all part of the activities and antics of our 2nd annual Intrepid Foundation Day.
After a successful year raising and distributing over AU$440,000 to 50 beneficiary organisations, The Intrepid Foundation’s special day was all about celebrating this achievement and getting as many Intrepid offices, leaders (and their groups) as possible participating in activities to further increase their awareness of the Foundation’s activities and the terrific community organisations we support.
“We are thrilled to announce that The Intrepid Foundation has hit a new high. We are giving away a record AU$442,903 for the 2009-10 financial year, representing funds donated by travellers and matched by Intrepid Travel, to 50 fantastic non-profit organisations or projects around the world.
This brings us to now having distributed over AU$2.2 million, since The Intrepid Foundation’s inception in 2002. A very big and sincere thank you to all who contributed this past year and enabled us to give so generously at a time when many communities and organisations needed it most. With all the Foundation’s administration overheads covered by Intrepid Travel, with the assistance of a dedicated team of volunteers, and with donations being doubled by Intrepid, you can be fully confident that your contribution has made a significant and meaningful difference.”
Jane Crouch, Intrepid’s Responsible Travel Manager, and Geoff Manchester, The Intrepid Foundation Chairperson.
Below is our full list of beneficiaries and more information can be found about many of these supported projects on theintrepidfoundation.org…