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?
Getting up close and mixing it with the locals is one of the best things about travel. And you feel even more fortunate if you’ve been able to capture those precious encounters on camera and commit to the memory card!
The first month of the 2015 Intrepid Photography Competition has kicked off with the theme ‘Local faces’ and tell us if you don’t think these inspiring shots from our finalists have tapped into the real spirit of travel and humanity.
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!
The widely disputed list of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World contains some staggering spectacles, but I consider only one worthy of being at the top of the chart; Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights.
Why? It’s an exclusive natural phenomenon where no one display will match the next. I recount the moments leading up to the first time I witnessed the lights in all their glory…
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.
Chaotic and bamboozling, travelling in India can be confronting, even for the experienced traveller. The reality for solo female travellers is it can be even more challenging, but don’t let that put you off exploring incredible India.
This amazing country is so full of colour, fascinating people, religious icons, ancient sites, fabulous street food and diverse landscapes. India is everything and more, and all at once. You wouldn’t want to miss this sensory overload of saris, sacred cows, slums, spices, car horns and incense!
Since the birth of our little one five years ago, our adventurous travels have been restricted to camping trips at one end of the scale and to all-inclusive family resorts in the Algarve at the other. But with our youngest reaching the trip minimum age of 5, we decided to book Intrepid’s Thailand Family – Land of Smiles.
I began reading the trip notes that I downloaded and my excitement was building around seeing the elephant sanctuary, hill top temples and exploring the khlongs of Bangkok. But there was also some nagging concerns about travelling as a family.