Among the thousands of things to see in Budapest, I found one that is probably not so obvious, even though you walk through them every day.
I’m talking about doors! The capital of Hungary is an open gallery, a perfect example of well preserved and finely restored buildings from different centuries and styles dating back over a thousand years.
The next best thing to being on the road yourself is to travel vicariously through videos of adventure and discovery.
Here are just a few of our favourite short videos that capture the essence of travel. Each of these travellers know that it’s not about using the swankiest special effects or the most expensive cameras – it’s about how well you can tell a great travel story in under 4 minutes!
From contemporary museums and coffee houses to its imperial history and impressive architecture, the capital of Austria is a city that is worthy of your time and attention.
During her tour of Europe, Tori Salman discovered that Vienna was also the perfect place to indulge in a lavish evening of local culture…
“Having descended the 343 steps of the intricate gothic tower of St Stephen’s Cathedral, or Stephansdom as it’s known locally, we were still gasping for breath in Stephansplatz when we were approached by a local, who was offering us a bargain price for a classical music performance that evening.
We all know what it’s like to be a customer and we have all been on the receiving end of good and bad customer service.
If you pick up any trade or business magazine you’ll read how many companies are these days claiming that “It’s all about the customer”, but are they really putting their clients first?
It’s only in the last five or so years that mezcal has become well known outside of Mexico. And within this fiery nation it was seen as the drink of miners and Mexican cowboys (charros) for many years, so not considered very hip.
March 20 is proclaimed as the UN International Day of Happiness. The day recognises the importance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of people everywhere.
It was inspired by the country of Bhutan and their political philosophy of prioritising and measuring happiness amongst their people, over income.
What does travel mean to you? We put that question to our friends, Daniel and Mirra at The Perennial Plate, and set them the challenge of showing us what it felt like to experience Intrepid’s grassroots adventures.
Having spent the past year travelling with Intrepid through 12 different countries, they’ve met hundreds of locals, uncovered unique and captivating stories and shot hundreds of hours of extraordinary footage.
“Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” These were the classic words of Robin Williams in the now iconic film Dead Poet’s Society, released in 1989.
Also back in ’89, two 20-something young men called Darrell and ‘Manch’ took these words to heart. They not only made their own lives extraordinary, but those of many thousands of others through the launch of Intrepid Travel, THE classic responsible travel company.
The camel’s lashes drew closer and closer as he slid into sleep; my seven-year-old daughter Julie rubbed his curly-haired head as he drifted into dreams upon the sand.
My son Ben, ten, was sure he saw Jedi knights in the twisting alleyways of Morocco’s medinas, for the men’s jelebas (cloaks) looked a lot like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s.
These are memories from our Kids in the Kasbahs trip. When traveling with children, the world becomes full of wonder.
Intrepid trips have always been designed to be as planet friendly as possible – using public transport where we can, staying in smaller locally owned and operated accommodation where available, buying local produce and carefully managing precious resources such as energy and water.
And since 2010, the majority of our trips are carbon offset – this means we measure the carbon emissions from the transport, accommodation and waste generated and contribute to emissions reduction programs ‘balancing out’ these emissions.