A few years ago I was invited to a friend’s Chinese New Year dinner. I showed up nice and early, hair brushed, stretchy pants on, ready to consume my body weight in spring rolls and Peking duck. When I opened the door, my friend and her parents looked at me in horror.
“Why would you travel through Italy on an organised trip Jane? Europe is EASY”, several friends decried. “We can tell you some great places to go, and you are an experienced traveller.” Well, yes there is truth in that. But I booked on to Intrepid’s “Best of Italy” small group adventure regardless.
I’m a little annoyed. The seat of my rusty old bike keeps shifting and dropping. And it’s uncomfortable. It’s making for extra hard work as I ride through thick, humid air on the back roads of Anuradhapura, the UNESCO World Heritage Listed city in Sri Lanka. It’s supposed to be the best way to see the scattered ruins, but I’m sweaty, tired, and I have to keep adjusting my rump. These ruins are making me work for it.
The challenge was on this month, literally. We put a call out for photos of your greatest travel challenge, and you didn’t disappoint. From the icebergs of Antarctica to hiking Gyoko Lakes in Nepal, we received trials, tribulations, contests and close encounters galore.
Here at Intrepid, we have identified two different types of Easter. The best-known version is Easter, the Christian festival that celebrates the resurrection of Christ. The second is Easter, the four-day weekend that celebrates the resurrection of fun. So if you’d rather be experiencing post-chocolate guilt somewhere exotic this festive season, it’s not too late to do something about it.
“The symbol for the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is the elephant,” Kenneth Feld tells the Associated Press. “And that’s what we’ve been known for throughout the world for more than a hundred years. This week, things have changed.”
Bob Golodets is one of Intrepid’s most popular leaders in Russia. And he’s as Russian as they come – strong of heart, thick of accent*, fan of stew.
Bob loves Russia. He never stops talking (or thinking) about it. But there’s another nearby country that he just can’t get off his mind, no matter what he does. “All countries are special, but some are more special than others,” laments Bob. “Why I keep thinking about Georgia?!”