Travellers keen to experience a truly authentic Naadam Festival shouldn’t be discouraged. They just need to know where to look.
Forget packing a clunky professional camera. These days all you need is a good eye…and a good iPhone.
India’s a pretty amazing place, and like we always say: when life gives you lessons, make lessonade.
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?!”
American comedian Arj Barker once came up with an experiment to put the Australian vernacular to the test. Suspicious of what he was sure were just made-up words sprinkled into Aussie conversation for his benefit, he thought he’d try it himself. A store assistant came up to him one day and asked if he needed any help. Arj turned to him, looked him right in the eye and said, ‘No thanks, I’m just having a little squidjerididge’. To which the salesman replied, ‘No problem mate, let me know if you need anything.’
Depending on your age, religious persuasion and general enthusiasm for all things festive, you’ve probably already been through the Christmas shopping debacle quite a few times by now – so you have the whole operation down pat. You’re a finely oiled buying machine, a smooth-sailing purchasing powerhouse – the super yacht of gift giving if you will.
With close ties to Spain and Mexico from the fabled galleon trade, and enough pristine beaches, coral reefs and jungle-covered bluffs to overwhelm even the keenest island-hopper, the Philippines are the last frontier of Asian tourism.
If you’re looking for a chilled out Central American vibe, Antigua – a Guatemalan city famous for it’s Spanish Baroque architecture (and for good reason) – will have you hooked upon arrival.