San Francisco’s Mission District is the city’s oldest neighbourhood and its culture is part-Latino, part-punk, part-hipster.
Once a working-class neighbourhood sheltering immigrants fleeing from oppression in Central America, the 1990s saw an influx of young professional people seeking cheaper rents in what was fast becoming one of America’s most expensive cities. Today the area is trying hard to hold on to its edginess and working-class roots and is resisting the gentrification of its culture.
Stepping off the plane into the midnight air of Kathmandu, a wave of excitement rolled over Tom Svensen.
A new destination, new sights and of course a new culture was just waiting for him to explore…
“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.
Hiking to the ruins at Machu Picchu was an experience I could never describe. Being able to spend the whole day letting my imagination run wild as I envisioned life among Inca royalty was, at the time, sure to be the pinnacle of my holiday.
Little did I know that in only a few days I would soon have one of my most amazing travel experiences.
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?
In many Asian countries it’s often difficult to get past the ‘tourist menu’ of chicken curry and chips.
This was the dilemma for Sally Johnson on her tour of Sri Lanka, until she discovered that staying in local guesthouses and sharing family meals was the secret to enjoying the real Sri Lankan cuisine…
Peru might not have officially qualified for the World Cup in 2014, but you’d never know it in this small village high in the Andes.
At 9840 feet (3000 metres) above sea level, the stage was set for a tough international battle – Intrepid Travel Guests vs. Locals. Both teams were a bit rusty – but soon the competitive World Cup spirit overcame their stiffness!
Some places in the world are stunning in their starkness and too emotional to fully comprehend, as Intrepid Group Leader Masha Rogozhina discovers on her Central Asia adventure…
“I’m awakened by the sun streaming through the train window as we travel across the steppes of vast Kazakhstan. My destination is the small town of Aralsk, which used to be the major port of what was once the biggest sea in Central Asia, the Aral Sea. After whole day in transit we finally roll into the small station and go straight to our homestays, where we meet our host Gulmira and her children.
Japan is renowned for being conservative, orderly and refined, but take a weekend walk to one of Tokyo’s hip inner suburbs and you’ll see a very different side to this fascinating country.
Philip Wilson explains…
“I’ve visited Japan many times, but never seen anything to match the crowds at Harajuku on a Sunday afternoon!