Algeria has been off the map for mainstream tourists for around 20 years, after a fairly destructive civil war during the 1990’s rendered it off-limits. Though peace was restored by 2003, it took some time for the scars in Algerian society to heal and now most of the country is safe for travellers to return.
Algeria has not experienced the major tourist development and commercialisation that neighbouring countries have undergone in recent decades – it’s like Morocco was before hoards of visitors wanted to follow in the footsteps of Hendrix and the Rolling Stones – and the way Algerians remain unaffected by the presence of tourists is particularly refreshing.
Why celebrate the start of a new year only once? If you time your trip right, you could enjoy another chance to start afresh and feel cleansed, plus have a whole lot of fun in the process.
My friend Catie and I went on an epic 9-week adventure through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The trip was one of the best I have taken and included everything from snorkeling off Phu Quoc Island in South Vietnam, to staying with a local family in the country side of Cambodia and timing our trip to coincide with a fantastic local festival in Laos.
Hot off the press are Intrepid’s new Polar brochures, packed full of more Antarctica and Arctic adventures than ever before. To research these fantastic trips, we sent our own Wendy Smith into the frozen wonderland of the great white continent…
“I had my first Polar experience in January when I joined the Sea Spirit for an 11-day Antarctic Explorer voyage and it blew my mind! I find myself struggling for words that adequately describe how beautiful it really is. The views from the deck of the ship were ethereal, otherworldly and like nothing I’ve seen on this earth.
One of the great things about Waikiki is that everything is within walking distance. You’ve got delicious eateries, famous hotels, shopping centres and of course stunning Waikiki Beach close by. But what happens when you want to venture further?
When you travel to Hawaii, here are some easy options for getting around Honolulu…
Nested near the Burmese border in northern Thailand, Chiang Rai City boasts an extraordinary display of flowers around the end of December and early January.
From north to south Thailand is famous for its orchids and Chiang Rai makes a beautiful backdrop for a flower festival. On display are exotic and ornate butterfly orchids, insectivorous pitcher plants and bizarre examples of the flowering ginger family.
Travel is a luxury, a passion and a way of life. It is eye opening, life changing and creates experiences that you’ll remember for years and decades to come. However, some aspects of travel, such as lengthy airport security lines and long flights, can be arduous, difficult and often extremely discouraging. But with the right gear, and the right attitude, every journey can become less stressful and more enjoyable.
The key to smart packing is strategy and preparation. There are an endless number of articles and videos that offer valuable tips for packing light, such as mixing and matching clothes, rolling T-shirts and underwear instead of folding them; wearing (rather than packing) your heaviest or bulkiest shoes – and more. And you can take it one step further by choosing packable apparel designed especially for travel.
Hawai’i is famous for its spirit of aloha, hula and surf, but learn more about the archipelago’s ancient culture and you’ll discover another dimension to your adventure. Intrepid’s Sue Elliot helped design our new Hawaiian Highlights trip and one of her favourite places in Hawai’i is Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park…
“Reaching pu’uhonua in ancient times was a bitter-sweet experience. The events leading to your arrival would have been extremely traumatic, not to mention the panic of having to swim across the bay while being chased by warriors. But on the other hand, this ‘Place of Refuge’ was your salvation. It represented your precious chance for redemption.
Steve Davey has travelled to almost 90 countries around the world, so this renowned travel photographer and author has a lot of experience in keeping his gear and pictures safe. Of course there have also been a few incidents, but fortunately back-ups and insurance have prevented them turning into disasters. Steve shares his valuable tips to help bring your photos back home…
“Travel photography is about a lot more than simply taking pictures. It might sound obvious, but you have to sort the travel before you can get to the photography part. Travelling with a camera and lenses throws up a number of unique issues that you will have to deal in order to protect your equipment and the pictures you have taken.
You never know what type of amazing experience will be around the next corner in Thailand. As Tanya Rubin discovered, it could be one of your best adventures yet…
“After spending three days trekking through the hills of northern Thailand, we thought we might give the following day’s trip to the Golden Triangle a miss, because we were still weary from our walk. But the next day we dragged ourselves out of bed, jumped in the back of our songtheaw and headed out of Chang Rai to the Golden Triangle.
It’s extraordinary to think that even in a brief tour of China you can see centuries-old buildings and ancient temples alongside the world’s most modern architecture. It’s this remarkable juxtaposition that Intrepid’s Jenny Voelzke found so fascinating…
“Travelling to China was something I was extremely excited about! Although I only had a week, I was going to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai to see some of China’s most iconic sights, like the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors.