“Are you happy in your heart?” This typical Guatemalan greeting is a thought-provoking question for Intrepid Express reader Bobbie Jo Traut…
“Tossed by turbulence and feeling a little queasy during my short but intense flight, I futilely try to flip through my book on Guatemalan history. The small, Central American country lacks the eco-cache of some of its neighbors and still faces serious administrative and social challenges in addition to carrying the burden from its devastating civil war that took more than 200,000 civilian lives. I can’t help but ponder the wisdom of my trip to the hinterland of the Polochic to work on infrastructure projects in some of the remotest villages in the country.
As we speak, Emily Mitterhuemer and Stuart Dawson are enduring the coldest weather Cuba has experienced in 15 years, but that’s all good preparation for their Patagonia adventure that starts at the end of February!
They have just commenced their huge Intrepid adventure through Central and South America, and we get to go along for the ride! Emily and Stuart are travelling with video cameras in hand to show us all the goings on, plus they’ll be giving us blog updates from the road so you get to find out from the horse’s mouth (no offence guys) what it’s like travelling Intrepid-style through Peru and Patagonia.
While we are enjoying the grand temples of Vientiane, the mighty Mekong region and the towering limestone karst scenery of Laos, there is a big problem that needs our attention. Where there is poverty and large numbers of relatively affluent visitors, sadly there are also opportunistic exploiters of children.
Intrepid is a proud supporter of the ChildSafe network in South East Asia and their work to protect children from all kinds of abuse. Part of the Intrepid Foundation’s 2009 donation to Peuan Mit in Laos is contributing towards ChildSafe training for hotel staff.
The world is watching with disbelief and sadness as Haiti struggles to cope after the horrendous earthquake disaster. There is an obvious need for urgent help and the country will [...]
Little did Darrell Wade, Intrepid CEO and co-founder, know that an impulsive journey 26 years ago would lead to an Intrepid Travel adventure that’s been going strong now for over 20 years…
“In 1984 I headed out from Kathmandu on a 3-month adventure that would change my life. I was in a 4 wheel drive overland truck operated by Encounter Overland. There were 19 of us and we spent the next 14 weeks crossing India and Pakistan into Iran, Syria, Jordon and Turkey. Amazing landscapes, diverse cultures and a brilliant group. It’s no exaggeration to say that every day was an adventure and it absolutely changed the way I looked at the world.
This time last year, your Intrepid Express editor decided it was time to set a New Year’s resolution that would make a difference for somebody else. For some very strange reason, I also felt compelled to knit.
Now I’m certainly not an avid knitter and like all of us, don’t have much free time, but I made a pact with myself that while watching television I would cast on some stitches for children in Mongolia.
The Intrepid Foundation has been a big supporter of the Lotus Children’s Centre for many years now and since the kids there have to endure incredibly harsh winters, I thought this was a perfect choice.
Every day is Earth Day at Intrepid, but this month we’ve been counting down to Earth Day 2010 on 22 April and giving you the chance to WIN an Intrepid [...]
Sadly this time of year is no sitcom for those without homes in Russia. The Intrepid Foundation’s community project, Nochlezhka, has a real-life drama on its hands and Chapaev Andrey, manager of the night bus project in St Petersburg tells us more…
“This letter is about a difficult winter situation. It’s getting colder and colder every day outside. Nochlezhka does its best to find new donors to increase our budget to feed more homeless people. A bakery now is the sponsor for bread. Some volunteers come to work at the night bus and some bring garlic to give the homeless people to help prevent and relieve the flu.
Someone wisely said that “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year, and out the other.” Definitely true when you consider the many failed attempts to cut back on chocolate, cut out cigarettes, or visit the gym more often and the coffee shop less. So this year let’s consider some fun lifestyle choices that can still put a smile on your dial…
1. Make more time for new experiences:
It feels like our days are getting busier by the minute, so why not to shake up your day-to-day life this year? Make some time in your schedule to do something new and find ways to feel like your on holidays when you’re at home. Intrepid’s new Urban Adventures can set you on that path, with fantastic two-hour to one-day trips that explore back streets, hidden gems and fascinating sights of some of the best cities in the world.
Namaste Nepal. This is a country where peace is a way of life and where priorities become clear, as Intrepid Express reader Lindsey Carroll discovered…
“As we rafted down the river that had been cutting through Nepal for centuries, amazed at the vegetation that was somehow suspended over the river, we came to a stop. The day’s end was approaching and it was time to make camp on the bank of the river. Tents were pitched and we sat around the fire pit telling stories and eating yak cheese sandwiches.
I was younger at the time and threw caution to the wind and decided to venture out beyond camp. I walked for a bit, not too long, over the rocks that line the shoal. All of a sudden, as if out of nowhere, appeared a perfect, unspoiled, golden, powdery, beach. It was a small beach, but it embodied the very essence of private. Hollywood stars would have been jealous to get their hands on this little slice of heaven.