Intrepid Travel signed up as a 2011 Earth Hour participant and encouraged our staff, followers and fans to join us in switching off for Earth Hour on Saturday, 26 March. Those who captured their Earth Hour moments with a camera went in the running to win one of 3 Lonely Planet Travel Photography books. And the winners were Ebony Jenkin, Malcolm Vella and Tara Kennaway. You can see Tara’s photo of their ‘mystery dips’ get together, where her friends had to guess what they were eating by candlelight 🙂
So just how does Intrepid go “Beyond the Hour and Day?”
In the late afternoon in any Turkish town you will see cafes filled with cake lovers enjoying a sweet session of pogaca (buns), syrup-drenched lokma (fritters), or 40-layer baklava. It’s believed that food and drink sustain the body and the spirit, and as Susan Everett discovered, dining with local friends in Turkey is a real travel treat…
“On the Cairo to Istanbul trip a personal highlight was the homestay in a small village outside of Urfa. The whole evening was amazing. So as not to offend our kind hosts the men in our group wore their long trousers and for most of us women our sarongs came in handy as ankle-length skirts. We sat on cushions on the floor while the children finished their homework and their parents prepared a meal that smelled more enticing by the minute.
Lush green rainforest, white-sand beaches, an abundance of wildlife and chocolate growing on trees! Maria Hach discovered that it doesn’t get much sweeter than Costa Rica!…
“Monteverde Cloud Biological Reserve is the closest to heaven that I have ever been. The fog, climate and altitude made the experience of hiking in an area immersed in cloud extraordinarily surreal. Our guide was a native Costa Rican and trained naturalist. As I followed him around the forest, walking on barely discernable trails, I listened intently to him talk about the history and character of the reserve.
Intrepid’s Christian Schoberl is a self-confessed sugar addict and chocoholic. He’s the one to ask about all sorts of sweet treats in Europe, so it was no surprise to find him on a pfannkuchen pilgrimage from Berlin to Venice…
“It was day-one of our trip and already I was eager to try some of the local treats. I went into a bakery and ordered a krapfen. The helpful salesgirl explained that in Berlin they are called pfannkuchen – a pancake. It looks like a donut without a hole and is stuffed with chocolate, vanilla custard or jam. Except beware around carnival time, when some cheeky clowns fill them with mustard or horseradish!
It is now the Year of the Rabbit in Cambodia, because the country has just celebrated their most important festival of the year, Khmer New Year. And no Khmer festival passes without some sweet treats.
Sticky rice forms the basis of many sweet dishes. It’s different from regular long grain rice and is readily available from Asian grocery stores. Sticky rice is traditionally soaked overnight and steamed, not boiled, and when cooked it turns from white to translucent.
Picture this – you spend your youth backpacking, discovering some of the world’s most remarkable locations and getting away from the tourist traps. Then you get a little older, fall in love and soon you’re a parent – surely your days of adventure are behind you, right? Wrong!
In fact, Intrepid Travel is proving that travelling with kids can be even more rewarding than travelling solo. Intrepid’s co-founder Darrell Wade says that travelling with his family has opened up a whole new way of discovering the world; however, initially he was worried that his backpacking days were over…
For over 40 years Earth Day has inspired commitments to environmental protection and sustainability. Intrepid’s Act of Green pledge for Earth Day 2011 is to: encourage all our staff, followers and fans around the world to each pledge their own green act.
As a responsible business, Intrepid is committed to many acts of green. One of our most notable achievements was in 2010, when we became a Carbon Neutral company. Our global business has (net) zero carbon emissions and we have vowed to continue this year after year.
Travelling through Cambodia, you are greeted with the fantastic opportunity to take a glimpse into everyday river life on Tonle Sap Lake. But did you also know that this unique lake is one of earth’s most interesting and natural phenomena? Nicola Gibson explains…
“Every year, during monsoon season, high water levels in the Mekong River hinder outflow from the great lake, causing the Tonle Sap river to back up, reverse its flow and fill the lake rather than draining it. Through the seasons the lake will shrink and expand dramatically and resulting flooding of the river banks leaves the surrounding land very fertile and excellent for farming. The Tonle Sap is also the most important wetland in South East Asia for globally significant endangered species.
We are frequently humbled by the wonderful ideas that Intrepid travellers come up with to help others, even when they are in the midst of planning their own wedding! A few years ago, a young English lady, Eibhlin, travelled with Intrepid. More recently, in preparing to marry her fiancee Sam, she thought that as their honeymoon was a holiday in Tanzania, perhaps they could share their good fortune with some less advantaged Tanzanians.
Eibhlin writes: “After planning the date, the venue, the dress, the flowers, the cake, the best man, the bridesmaids, the ushers, the food, the invitations, the rings, the wine, the ceremony, the band, the music, the buffet, the speeches, the seating plan and the honeymoon, we just had one thing left to plan: the dreaded wedding list.”