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 going on holiday 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:
This is well-deserved recognition for Hossam (known as ‘Sam’) and he joins Intrepid’s team of exceptional group leaders who for the 6th consecutive year have either been finalists or won the World Guide Awards.
October 11 marks observance of the second International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Filmmaker Rebecca Barry highlights many of these unique challenges in her recently launched fabulous documentary, I Am A Girl, (with support from Intrepid) which features the lives of six girls on the brink of womanhood. We caught up with Rebecca recently, to ask her more about the film…
We love the lengths that some Intrepid travellers will go, to raise funds for a good cause! In mid October, Garry West-Bail of Melbourne, will be running and cycling across Vietnam, to raise funds for KOTO.
KOTO is well known to Intrepid travellers, for serving delicious food through their restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – which are the fronts of a great organisation which helps support young people in leaving a life on the streets, through training in hospitality and life skills. Intrepid and The Intrepid Foundation have been proud supporters of KOTO since KOTO’s founding in 1999, by former Intrepid tour leader Jimmy Pham.
As an Intrepid traveller, your opinion is incredibly valuable to us. Today, you can help shape responsible, animal-friendly travel across the globe. We have partnered with World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for the Protection of Animals) to make a difference to animal protection in tourism across the world – and your opinions can help us do this.
Just take our short survey about animal-friendly travel and you can be in the running to WIN a trip for two on Intrepid’s Beautiful Thailand small group adventure. All you need to do is to fill in the short survey and tell us in 50 words or less about your favourite animal-friendly travel experience. Then the holiday could be yours!
The test for any great destination is to return two, three or more times and see whether you can uncover new and exciting real life experiences. Julian Hanton, presenter of Travel Channel series Asian Times, recently did just that in China, but he had a secret local weapon named Alan…
“China is a power house of an economy and holds so many treasures and sites that on a visit there, you’re swamped by choice. I was lucky enough to travel to China with Intrepid Travel as part of my latest TV series Asian Times, which we filmed for Travel Channel in May 2013. I’d been to China before and in fact I lived there briefly when I was a child. However this time around, it was incredibly different.
Intrepid travellers you’ve done it again! With your generous support and matching donations from Intrepid, The Intrepid Foundation’s global support has, with our latest funding round, topped AU$3.4million! Hundreds of children are being educated, health is being restored, wildlife protected and many other wonderful outcomes achieved – all thanks to the generosity of the Intrepid Travel community.
This year’s funds distribution has AU$344,396 benefiting 51 fabulous not-for-profit organisations around the globe, many of which are visited during Intrepid tours. Young people with disabilities in Morocco will receive prosthetic limbs and physiotherapy, injured elephants in Thailand will be cared for at a dedicated hospital, highland children vulnerable to malnutrition in Peru will have breakfast served at school and the lives of mums and their newborn babies will be protected at a clinic in Indonesia.