We’ve just launched an exciting initiative for the first few months of 2014.
As part of our commitment to our travellers, Intrepid is undertaking an independent assessment of the strengths and weaknesses in our customer service and relationships. We’ll be conducting an independent and in-depth survey of the service levels we provide to you.
Intrepid travellers to Bangkok, in April and May 2013, were amongst those who took part in research for ‘The Child Safe Traveller’ (World Vision, 2013). This study looked deeper into tourist perceptions of child exploitation in connection with tourism in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam.
The research also assessed tourist reactions to child safe tourism communications. A total of 268 tourists from across the globe, representing different traveller types, ages, genders and socio-cultural backgrounds, completed surveys and interviews. Participating tourists had been in Thailand for varying lengths of time and many had travelled (or were travelling) elsewhere in South East Asia and beyond.
Travel shows are a great way to get to know your tour operator. So let’s meet up soon in Ireland and England!
We want to make sure you have the best possible experience on your Holiday – before you go, as well as on your return. Plus planning is half the fun and a big part of the journey, so we’ll have loads to talk about.
Hands up if this year you just want to have a quiet one, do nothing much and spend most of your time on the couch? Not likely, right!
This isn’t the time to plan a mundane existence. Now is when you want to work out how to make this year even better than your last, so we’ve come up with a list of 8 travel challenges to help make 2014 your best year yet…
Challenge your mind:
Discover the history of Petra in Jordan
An ancient city carved into rose coloured rock with cooling caves, impressive tombs, an amphitheatre and monastery, Petra is laden with a rich history that will boggle the mind. Learn why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and be blown away by its beauty.
Could 2014 be your year to get really high? We mean a 5,895 metre kind of high…to the roof top of Africa! And why might you do it? For the personal challenge of pushing yourself beyond your usual limits? To get more girls into school? Because it’s there?
Well the answer for Intrepid employees Amy Bolger and Ronnie Albanis and two groups of Intrepid travellers who recently conquered Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, was all of the above! And what an experience it was! They tell us more about the whys, the highs and the preparation needed to get there:
2013 has been a big year for Intrepid’s Project SAMA. We have been busy, reaching out to over 10,500 people about the issues around gender inequality and we have raised over AU$92,000 for projects around the world that address these issues.
Intrepid’s Project SAMA hosted two fundraising trips up Mt Kilimanjaro, which saw our hikers raise over AU$30,000 for our early education project in Uganda, in partnership with Plan, an Intrepid Foundation partner. And we hosted a Gala evening and a number of events that raised over AU$30,000 for our other Plan run early education project in Laos.
What goes swing, swing, shimmy, scramble, thump? That’d be one of our closest genetic relatives leaving one piece of remnant rainforest in search of another. The Bornean orang-utans have lost much of their natural habitat and need our support, and The Intrepid Foundation is delighted to come on board to help.
We have partnered with HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Program to support their work to develop and implement innovative solutions to conserve the orang-utan in Sabah. Intrepid travellers on tours to Borneo, currently have a great opportunity to see wild orang-utans in the Kinabatangan River region. But the ease with which they may see orang-utans is sadly not all good.
On 14 December, 2013, we announced that we had found a winner for our $25,000 OF ADVENTURE competition. That’s the truth, but sadly the lucky lady is not answering our emails.
Legally we wanted to do the right thing and let Rebecca know the good news first, but we’ve tried every way we know how to track her down and sadly we’ve come up empty handed.
So that’s where you come in!
So you’ve saved up, booked your flights and you’re soon taking off on holiday to embark on fabulous experiences in amazing new destinations. And amongst the excited anticipation it dawns on you: Aren’t I lucky to be able to do this? To travel to new lands…to have the disposable income to be able to make this choice, knowing that half the world doesn’t have this option.
So are you selfish? You could be. Or you could make the choice to include more give, less take, into your travels. Now we don’t mean randomly handing out cashola to relieve the guilt trip. We’re talking about making some smart travel choices with thought to greater consequences. Here’s 13 helpful tips on how your travel ‘investment’ can be a whole lot more giving, enriching innumerably more lives than just yours!