“His screams stuck in my head,” recalls Sangduen ‘Lek’ Chailert, of an occasion she saw an injured elephant being forced to work. “I looked in his eyes and I couldn’t believe how much they expressed his anger. I had to make a promise to him. And that promise was that I would speak out for and provide a home for these elephants”.
After five years of sprints, squats and step curls – give or take a few weeks on travels when there hasn’t been a group cycle class to jump in on – a fellow fitness enthusiast recently asked me “Why do you exercise?”
Honestly, I had never contemplated this question before. In five whole years I had not thought about why I put my body through rigorous lobster-face inducing workouts. As we were lying in our dormitory on an adventure through Western Australia, I had to really contemplate my answer. Was it because I loved the freedom of wearing crazy neon vest tops and printed leggings? Was it the weight loss? Was it because of the endorphins? Was it because I suddenly had a whole new group of friends who were all as mad about exercise as me? Or was it the competition with myself?
As we count down the days to the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton setting off on his Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16, I find myself considering what it was that compelled him to go, enabled him to survive and motivated me to follow him 100 years later?
Getting up close and mixing it with the locals is one of the best things about travel. And you feel even more fortunate if you’ve been able to capture those precious encounters on camera and commit to the memory card!
The first month of the 2015 Intrepid Photography Competition has kicked off with the theme ‘Local faces’ and tell us if you don’t think these inspiring shots from our finalists have tapped into the real spirit of travel and humanity.
Having recently returned from a trip around Turkey, I feel somewhat qualified to discuss the merits of this spectacular Eurasian land. And let me tell you, spending two days on a boat cruising along the Mediterranean is definitely what any self-respecting traveller would define as a ‘merit’.
Sometimes in life, we’re lucky enough to do things that absolutely knock our socks off. Some of these things are adrenaline inducing, some are emotionally overwhelming and some are spectacularly relaxing. The aforementioned boat experience falls into the latter category. But you knew that already, right?
Yes, it’s that time already. Over the past 12 months, the Intrepid Photography Competition has been bombarded with thousands of incredible images from our travellers.
They’ve come from all corners of the globe, featured all manner of subjects and stirred all kinds of emotions. Seriously, you guys went above and beyond and we can’t thank you enough for your efforts. We were blown away by the talent displayed this year.
Top attractions were on display last round as countries were forced to put their best foot forward.
Italy sent Greece sailing, Brazil outlasted Spain and Japan had Costa Rica zip-lining back to the cloud forest. Argentina edged out iconic France, while Mexico rolled over Chile like a fresh-pressed corn tortilla to book their way into the Quarterfinals.
There are now 8 world-class destinations left to compete for travellers’ hearts. They will each have to dig deep and venture off the beaten path if they plan to advance!
The World Cup of Travel opening round was filled with upsets, as several destinations missed their flights on the way to the round of 16.
Now things shift into high gear as proven players are set to go head-to-head on the road to travel stardom. Brazil vs. Spain will kick off a field full of close calls, while only 8 countries will go on for a chance to compete for the Top Travel Destination title!
Cheers erupting; swarms of fans rising from their seats; flags waving proudly above them: think we’re talking about a football game?
As the 2014 World Cup plays out in Brazil, 32 countries are competing head-to-head for global soccer supremacy. A little-known fact: these countries will also challenge each other on another field, for an entirely different title.
Thomasina Miers is passionate about all things Mexican and a devoted chilli lover, so who better to ask for a spicy Mexcian-inspired dish than this famous Intrepid Foodie who helped design Intrepid’s Real Food Adventure Mexico…
“Most people think about chillies in terms of heat and their capacity to blow one’s head off. I think about how they can delicately pep up a pile of silky aubergines, how tobacco-flavoured chillies can add deep mysterious tones to molten chocolate, how smoky chillies can add body to slow cooked stews and how smoked, sweet peppers can add a note of earthiness to eggs, grilled flatbreads and sautéed greens,” Tommi explains.