“Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” These were the classic words of Robin Williams in the now iconic film Dead Poet’s Society, released in 1989.
Also back in ’89, two 20-something young men called Darrell and ‘Manch’ took these words to heart. They not only made their own lives extraordinary, but those of many thousands of others through the launch of Intrepid Travel, THE classic responsible travel company.
Just imagine the Galapagos…with no majestic giant tortoise, no quizzical looking blue footed boobies, no sea lions taking over the park benches on the water front, or no dinosaur-like marine iguanas sun-baking on the rocks.
It’s a scary thought – but if not for one action 50 years ago, that’s how the Galapagos Islands could be now.
Did you know that 1 in 10 African girls drop out of school when they reach puberty? And the reason? They are unable to manage the changes in their body and don’t have access to sanitary pads.
Intrepid’s SAMA Project partner Plan’s Krissy Nicholson gives a first-hand account of a new project in Uganda designed to keep more girls in school with the simplest of solutions – Afripads, a re-usable, washable cloth pad.
Intrepid is a very proud supporter of the documentary film, I Am A Girl, and are now delighted to say ‘she’ is off to school! A suite of high-school education materials have been launched to coincide with International Women’s Day, 2014, to help address discrimination against women and girls.
Developed by the Documentary Australia Foundation, the materials are based on the ‘I Am A Girl’ documentary, an in-depth look at the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Following the lives of six young women, the often confronting documentary addresses issues of family violence, disease, poverty and disadvantage in girls locally and abroad.
Egypt’s exotic charms and its extraordinary ancient wonders have enchanted intrepid adventurers for centuries.
Though of course we know Egypt’s recent political history has been troubled, the news of late is not all bad, with very favourable feedback coming in from recent Intrepid travellers and our local staff.
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.
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!
You come home, turn on the TV to watch the news. Unfortunately it’s hard not to conclude that we are living on a planet in crisis. Wars, poverty, discrimination; people lacking access to clean drinking water, food, education, healthcare; and the climate is changing.
On a daily basis, the majority of the world’s population is heavily impacted by these issues and more. When we look at the leaders of this world, we can also conclude that they are not doing a particularly good job at addressing these matters. It is not the lack of resources and money that are the problem – both are available. The problem is a missing focus on implementing solutions.
Sharing some fun and a laugh with the local kids is often one of the highlights of local grassroots travel. But sadly, as we’ve become all too aware these days, the children who are out and about meeting foreign visitors may be at risk of abuse or harm – whether by those with ill-intent, or by those with good intentions but unaware of potentially bad consequences. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is the ‘right thing to do’!
At Intrepid Travel, we’re proud to have terrific relationships with really effective organisations, that can help travellers navigate the child protection minefield. One of these, the ChildSafe network, provide some of the following information and excellent practical advice on what you can do to protect children wherever you travel: