We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has made the top 3 finalists in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
A graduate of the Department of Guiding at Helwan University, Hossam (known as ‘Sam’), worked in a number of Cairo’s five star hotels before becoming a tour leader in 2009, so that he could share his passion for Ancient Egypt with travellers from all over the world. With the bursary that he has now been awarded for reaching the top 3, Sam plans to help educate and care for street kids in Egypt.
While Scott Thomsen was a student in Thailand he made it his mission to meander through all Bangkok’s neighbourhoods and track down the tastiest local treats. In this post from Matador Network, Scott shares his inside information on the best sidewalk feasts…
“To even vaguely understand Bangkok is to understand that life transpires out on the streets. Not the main roads mind you, but the tiny neighborhood sois that unite the community. People flood the sidewalks each night as soon as it starts to cool off – men match wits over chess, teens gather to watch soccer, lovers stroll as lovers always do.
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For over 50 years, Amnesty International has protected individuals around the world wherever freedom, truth and justice are denied. They shine a light into dark corners, exposing human rights abuses and campaign for human rights to be upheld. In the last year, Amnesty’s work has brought freedom to hundreds of vulnerable people and helped to at last achieve an international Arms Trade Treaty.
Whether you’re kicking off a travel writing career or just want to tell more engaging travel stories, this article by renowned travel journalist David Miller gives you invaluable tips that every writer needs to know.
The following is an excerpt from the Intrepid Travel Journalism primer, a free course for Intrepid Express subscribers providing four lessons on the fundamentals of digital storytelling, including writing, photo and video, plus social media and collaboration, from the leading online education community for travellers, MatadorU.
Ethics and attribution / citing
One of the most overlooked elements of travel writing is its ethics. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people write blogs about their travels and take pictures of the places and people they encounter, many never considering the impact their descriptions and photos may have on the actual subjects. The entire genre of travel writing as a whole has some dark spots in its history that still continue to some degree today, which is essentially stereotyping or objectifying local peoples and cultures, reducing them to a simple ‘backdrop’ for the narrator’s exploits.
You’ll find few people more passionate about environmental sustainability and more obsessed with exploring our planet than Tim Jarvis. We sat down with Tim to talk about his fascination with the polar regions and find out what he’s looking forward to most on his upcoming Spitsbergen Explorer trip with Intrepid…
What inspired you to become a champion of environmental sustainability?
“I’ve always been fascinated by the natural world. Once you realise how under threat it is you can’t do anything but try to protect it. My environmentalism is fuelled by a love of the planet, as are my adventures to try and see more of it and discover more about my place in it.
You’ll often see travellers armed with their list of must sees, must eats and must do’s, but at the top of Laura Harman’s list is simply meeting local people. Laura believes thats learning about the local culture and experiencing everyday activities is the best way to turn your average trip into an amazing adventure…
“Tanzania is one of my most memorable travel experiences to date. I opted for a volunteer work term in Arusha, the hub of safari travel. I was able to travel to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro National Park and even down to Zanzibar, all spectacular memories. However, when I think of the actual country, I think back to the people I met and my interactions with them. One of the simplest experiences that I enjoyed frequently was taking the local transport (the dala dala) to the Maasai Craft Market with the other volunteers.
Oprah Winfrey once said “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” But maybe the bigger adventure is living a life that’s beyond your wildest aspirations? Jessica Chasnoff was ready to do just that, to realise her dreams and take that leap of faith, literally…
“If someone had told me a couple of years back that I would have willingly Tarzan-jumped into a 150 foot free fall so that I could swing back and forth across the verdant and glorious canopy of the Costa Rican rainforest, I would have told them that they were certifiably crazy. But, in March of 2012, I took myself on my first solo international trip. Freshly divorced and even though it had been my choice to end the marriage, feeling a bit like a newborn fawn just learning to stand when it came to traveling on my own.
“There are many small non-government organisations which try to make a difference by their humanitarian efforts to help malnourished and disadvantaged children, especially in underdeveloped and developing countries. Yet this work is not considered ‘sustainable’, THE buzz word when applying for grants or donations”, writes Sonia Newhouse who works high in the Peruvian Andes. ”But what could be more sustainable than children, for the future of their societies and countries!”
“Sustainability of projects is recognised by most large and small donors as ‘the’ qualification when receiving grant applications, as they are then considered to be self-sustaining and will therefore only need a one-off donation.
You’re never too young to get bitten by the travel bug, but luckily for Adam Slater he found a way to scratch that travel itch by joining the very organisation that was responsible for his first overseas trip…
“When you work at a travel company – it doesn’t take long to realise that wherever you go, there’s always someone around the office who has been there before you.
So when these well-travelled, Gandalf-looking staff members gather us young Hobbits around the campfire to regale us with tales of their Intrepid adventures, I’m always quick to remind them that I too have had a pretty unique Intrepid experience. An experience that they’ve well-and-truly missed the boat on.
Morocco has set the scene for many great movies, even though you might not have realised while you were watching. The destination is rarely the star of the show, and the same goes for some local personalities, as Intrepid’s Mandy Morrissey discovered…
“Ait Ben Haddou is a lovely old town in Morocco with a picturesque Kasbah dating back to the 700s. Although now only inhabited by a handful of families, the local Kasbah and Ait Ben Haddou have starred in a number of films in recent times, including The Mummy, Gladiator, Alexander, Kundun and classics such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Jewel of the Nile. But what made the town more interesting for us was getting a chance to meet ‘Action Couscous’.