Depending on your age, religious persuasion and general enthusiasm for all things festive, you’ve probably already been through the Christmas shopping debacle quite a few times by now – so you have the whole operation down pat. You’re a finely oiled buying machine, a smooth-sailing purchasing powerhouse – the super yacht of gift giving if you will.
Studies suggest that the world’s 300 million indigenous people – living in mainly rural areas across 70 countries – experience greater degrees of deprivation and poverty than non-indigenous people.
Experiencing wild animals can be such a fabulous highlight of your travel experience. However, wild animals used in entertainment may be experiencing unseen cruelty or abuse. How would you know? How could you help?
When an endearing child with big wide eyes implores you to buy the shell necklace her mother made; when a friendly man in a funky bar wants you to join in the local ‘tradition’ of knocking back a shot of snake wine; or when the market stalls have an abundance of very attractive tortoise shell bracelets, hair combs and spectacle frames for sale…what do you do?
Melbourne folk, you’re invited to the 13th Annual Intrepid Tree Planting Day.
Join in with Intrepid staff and travellers to plant trees, shrubs and grasses in the Yarra Bend Park near the Yarra River in Kew.
On average, three rhinos a day are being killed in South Africa – all because of a lie…
Rhinos are hunted down thanks to the mistaken belief that their horns possess properties that detoxify the body and can therefore cure anything from a hangover to serious illnesses such as cancer. And if there was evidence to support such beliefs – you may as well chew your fingernails!
Travel is a wonderful gift that allows us to experience how others around the world live their lives, but it also shows us a world that isn’t always fair or just.
When this injustice means half of the world’s population might live a poorer, scarier life simply because of their gender, then fighting it is a no-brainer.
“If you’re feeling depleted or tired, just remember all the lives you’re changing!”
These words of encouragement from Climbing for Kids and Bay Area Wilderness Training Executive Director, Scott Woolland, were just what Intrepid’s Charles Knowlton and Tim Melching needed as they embarked on the physical and mental demands of climbing to the 14,000 feet (4270 meter) summit of Grand Teton in the US.
Meeting local people is one of the great highlights of any travel experience and most travellers will want to photograph the interesting faces they encounter on the road.
The problem is though, how to do this without annoying and offending the very people you want to remember.
They’ve been warned! Grizzly and black bear activity is expected throughout the park and due to heavy winter snows, avalanche warnings apply across the high country and mountain passes.
So why would two inexperienced mountaineers be heading off to climb a peak in those conditions?