What in life makes you really happy? A deep and meaningful question that in Vietnam has a very simple answer, as Intrepid Leader John Kirk discovered…
“Let’s face it – when you’ve gotta go, you have just got to go. It doesn’t matter what name you give it, uppermost in your mind is how far away it is and will you make it – that is your concern. Oh, and does anybody have any spare toilet paper?
Travelling the length and breadth of a giant country like China takes an extraordinary combination of trains, planes, automobiles and even donkey carts, but for Intrepid travellers traversing the Middle Kingdom by train regularly rates as a highlight.
On many routes we travel ‘hard class’, but as Intrepid leader Joseph Kornides explains, doing it hard in China is an easy way to have fun…
“One of the great things about an Intrepid trip is the use of local transport. It really gives you an insight into how people go about their daily lives, rather than being cooped up in a luxury coach completely separated from the action.
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to travelling local style in Turkey.
From jumping into a dolmus to cruising in a caique, exploring the wonders of this intriguing land go hand-in-hand with doing as the locals do and Intrepid leader Christine Larsen is a big fan of bussing about Turkey…
“The bus system in Turkey is run like a well-oiled machine – even if how it all works is not immediately obvious to the first-time traveller. On arriving at the bus station (Otogar) you are confronted with a huge departure hall containing countless booths and workers offering destinations all over Turkey and beyond. The ‘touts’ are frenetic and offer the unsuspecting traveller a multitude of opportunities to secure a safe passage to their desired destination.