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.
During the day, Arusha is a pulsing tornado of hustling pedestrians and blaring car horns set against a glittering skyline of tin-roofed shanties and countless windowed storefronts. As night descends, the cars and people recede into the fading sunlight and out from the shadows come the children who call the streets home, searching for a safe place to huddle away from the night’s horrors.
Since 2001, Amani Children’s Home has been looking out for these children and The Intrepid Foundation has helped support their efforts to provide a peaceful haven for homeless kids. Every night new children appear on the streets, and each evening John Mbati, Amani’s Street Educator and a trained Tanzanian social worker, heads into the shroud of night to try to help these vulnerable youngsters.
Ancient ruins, windswept rock sculptures and a wild yet welcoming desert culture – this is the wonder of Jordan and why Intrepid Express reader Tori Salman couldn’t wait to experience it for herself…
“From the moment we enter the narrow, winding passageway called the Siq, I can barely contain my excitement. I’ve been dreaming of visiting Petra for years, and it is finally happening!
The walls of the Siq tower above our small group, and perhaps that’s why the passageways look as if they are narrowing. Suddenly, the Siq seems to open up and the sight before us takes our breath away. Standing almost directly in front of us is the Treasury.
From the imposing granite cliff of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park to the infamous ‘Rock’ of Alcatraz Island, the United States rocks! And Intrepid Express reader Carla Weston can vouch for that, after a special dinner surrounded by sandstone that was shaped over thousands and thousands of years…
“I recently enjoyed an amazing Intrepid trip in the United States and one of my favourite moments was our sunset experience at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah. We were camping in Moab (a nearby town), when our leader suggested we plan a picnic to a special spot. Of course we were all keen to join in, so prepared our picnic supplies and drove to the National Park.
When a group of people who are passionate about responsible travel and helping local communities get together, you never know which direction their fun activities may lead!
The 6th of November marked our first ever Intrepid Foundation Day and it was a huge success around the globe. The purpose of the day was to increase our staff awareness of all the fantastic projects the Intrepid Foundation is supporting and also stimulate ideas on how they could be more involved…
We’re thrilled to announce that Intrepid Travel now has 500 carbon offset trips available in 2010!
The move comes on the back of Intrepid’s successful experiment this year with offering 38 carbon offset trips. Our reports show that there were no significant changes in booking patterns to these 38 trips in 2009, with the increased cost not discouraging travellers (on average less than 50 cents per day per traveller). These trips sold more or held steady against other small group adventures.