Could 2014 be your year to get really high? We mean a 5,895 metre kind of high…to the roof top of Africa! And why might you do it? For the personal challenge of pushing yourself beyond your usual limits? To get more girls into school? Because it’s there?
Well the answer for Intrepid employees Amy Bolger and Ronnie Albanis and two groups of Intrepid travellers who recently conquered Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, was all of the above! And what an experience it was! They tell us more about the whys, the highs and the preparation needed to get there:
2013 has been a big year for Intrepid’s Project SAMA. We have been busy, reaching out to over 10,500 people about the issues around gender inequality and we have raised over AU$92,000 for projects around the world that address these issues.
Intrepid’s Project SAMA hosted two fundraising trips up Mt Kilimanjaro, which saw our hikers raise over AU$30,000 for our early education project in Uganda, in partnership with Plan, an Intrepid Foundation partner. And we hosted a Gala evening and a number of events that raised over AU$30,000 for our other Plan run early education project in Laos.
What goes swing, swing, shimmy, scramble, thump? That’d be one of our closest genetic relatives leaving one piece of remnant rainforest in search of another. The Bornean orang-utans have lost much of their natural habitat and need our support, and The Intrepid Foundation is delighted to come on board to help.
We have partnered with HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Program to support their work to develop and implement innovative solutions to conserve the orang-utan in Sabah. Intrepid travellers on tours to Borneo, currently have a great opportunity to see wild orang-utans in the Kinabatangan River region. But the ease with which they may see orang-utans is sadly not all good.
On 14 December, 2013, we announced that we had found a winner for our $25,000 OF ADVENTURE competition. That’s the truth, but sadly the lucky lady is not answering our emails.
Legally we wanted to do the right thing and let Rebecca know the good news first, but we’ve tried every way we know how to track her down and sadly we’ve come up empty handed.
So that’s where you come in!
So you’ve saved up, booked your flights and you’re soon taking off on holiday to embark on fabulous experiences in amazing new destinations. And amongst the excited anticipation it dawns on you: Aren’t I lucky to be able to do this? To travel to new lands…to have the disposable income to be able to make this choice, knowing that half the world doesn’t have this option.
So are you selfish? You could be. Or you could make the choice to include more give, less take, into your travels. Now we don’t mean randomly handing out cashola to relieve the guilt trip. We’re talking about making some smart travel choices with thought to greater consequences. Here’s 13 helpful tips on how your travel ‘investment’ can be a whole lot more giving, enriching innumerably more lives than just yours!
Fancy yourself as wheeler-dealer, whiz kid or mover and shaker? Well, one of our Intrepid team certainly is! Nathan Chan works in our IT department and has recently launched his own magazine on the Apple Newsstand called FOUNDR. It’s a monthly magazine that looks at entrepreneurship, with lots of “how to” advice for start-ups and early stage businesses, so we sat down with Nathan to find out where his inspiration comes from…
“Having worked at Intrepid for a couple of years, much of the entrepreneurial spirit of the business had rubbed off on me. Darrell and Manch’s story about building the business from the ground up was very much a part of the fabric of the company, and it inspired me to start pulling together my own business plan. Having always been passionate about creating and reaching goals, I set out to find out exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
You come home, turn on the TV to watch the news. Unfortunately it’s hard not to conclude that we are living on a planet in crisis. Wars, poverty, discrimination; people lacking access to clean drinking water, food, education, healthcare; and the climate is changing.
On a daily basis, the majority of the world’s population is heavily impacted by these issues and more. When we look at the leaders of this world, we can also conclude that they are not doing a particularly good job at addressing these matters. It is not the lack of resources and money that are the problem – both are available. The problem is a missing focus on implementing solutions.
Seeing a city from handlebar height is a great way to get to know a place. When you cycle you feel more connected than when you fly by on a freeway or hurtle around on a bus and Vanessa Christie explains why it’s not only her favorite way to get around, but a way of life…
“When traveling to a new city, I can’t help but find myself observing how people move around the city; on foot, on buses, scooters, mopeds, rickshaws, jitneys, shuttles, metros and…on bike. I love to ride public transit, from buses to metros and especially bikes and bikeshares. It’s almost a strange litmus test to determine if I could live there. Could this be my home? Could I cycle here? How happy are they going wherever they’re going?
Intrepid is delighted to announce that we have won the Maritime, Nature & Heritage category of the Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2013. We proudly received the award from the Thai Princess, HRH Princess Ubolratana Mahidol.
The judges were seeking a company that offered the best of Thailand to its travellers, in a sustainable way. With Thailand being so rich in natural wonders and cultural heritage, we know the sustainable way is the only way. It’s actually the third time we’ve been successful in these awards, and as Thailand is where it all began for Intrepid, 25 years ago, we think it’s rather fitting to receive this award at the beginning of our quarter century birthday year!
So what did the judges like about Intrepid?
Sharing some fun and a laugh with the local kids is often one of the highlights of local grassroots travel. But sadly, as we’ve become all too aware these days, the children who are out and about meeting foreign visitors may be at risk of abuse or harm – whether by those with ill-intent, or by those with good intentions but unaware of potentially bad consequences. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is the ‘right thing to do’!
At Intrepid Travel, we’re proud to have terrific relationships with really effective organisations, that can help travellers navigate the child protection minefield. One of these, the ChildSafe network, provide some of the following information and excellent practical advice on what you can do to protect children wherever you travel: