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Local presence - for unparalleled local knowledge
By operating local offices in 22 countries around the globe, we're able to provide our travellers with better support and overall experience.
Our ground teams are passionate about their regions and want you to take home incredible memories of their country. They'll give you unparalleled local knowledge as well as the reassurance of knowing they're on hand to ensure your tour runs smoothly.
Local partners - for a broader range of adventures
In order to provide the broadest range of adventures, Intrepid works closely with several highly reputable travel operators on a small number of trips. The beauty of collaborating... is that it allows us to give travellers access to unrivalled expertise in every destination. The beauty of collaborating with these partners is that it allows us to give travellers access to unrivalled expertise in every destination.
In the few countries where we don't have our own companies, we work with local operators who deliver the same high standards you expect from Intrepid. We also run comprehensive immersion training to ensure every trip offers the same leader knowledge and local interaction. And we often receive rave reviews from travellers who've been impressed by our local friends.
Working closely with these operators also allows us to put money back into the local economies we visit, which reflects an important part of our values.
Experienced leaders - for a slice of local life
An incredible trip doesn't just come from the itinerary - it's our trip leaders who deserve most of the credit. Without them, you would barely scratch beneath the surface of a destination! Our passengers frequently tell us that having an Intrepid guide feels like a friend showing you around their country, introducing you to their culture and revealing the local hot spots.
But our leaders offer more than just insider knowledge. Having passed our rigorous training with flying colours, they are masters of organisation and logistics, who have experienced almost any situation that comes up while travelling. Whether it's a local showing you around their country, or an impassioned ex-pat who loves adventure travel, your Intrepid leader will make sure your trip is unforgettable for all the right reasons.
What do Intrepid leaders get out of it?
Some of our group leaders are following their dream to see as much of the world as they can, while others are leaders who become passionate about a destination, or their home country, and have found a niche as an expert on local culture and traditions.
What are the responsibilities of an Intrepid leader?
Our leaders bear the responsibility of the whole group they are travelling with. They are stalwarts of travel - from arrival to departure, their job is to ensure everything runs smoothly. They'll also make sure you get to know a place inside out and experience what real life is like for the locals.
To an outsider, it sounds like a bit of a holiday - what are the realities of life on the road?
Our Intrepid leaders get to experience all the remarkable destinations our travellers do. But it's far from being a non-stop paid adventure - tour leading is hard work, requiring plenty of energy and self-motivation, as well as top-notch organisational skills. An Intrepid leader can sometimes lead back-to-back tours, where they're the first up and the last to bed every day. Which is why they are so worthy of our praise!
Intrepid travellers - not your average tourists
We're not mad about travel stereotypes, because Intrepid travellers are such a global, eclectic bunch, they don't fit into any mould. In fact, our travellers come from all walks of life and just as many countries worldwide.
If you're worrying about whether or not you'll fit in with your group, don't panic, as we're fairly sure you'll at least have the essential qualities in common: a yearning to discover new things about the world, a sense of adventure and a desire to get out and mingle with the locals.
The only people that aren't likely to be jealous of your adventure of a lifetime, are the ones who are lucky enough to be sharing it. So if you grab Intrepid's free Meet Up app, you'll be able to chat with your group members before your trip. You can share all of the anticipation and buzz without rubbing it in the faces of those poor folk you're leaving behind.
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Since opening doors in 1989, Intrepid has had a firm commitment to sustainable travel.
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The local guide at Angkor Wat was passionate about sharing the history of his heritage.
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Our local operators believe in maintaining the integrity of tourism in their region.
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