There’s a lot to ‘Like’ about Intrepid’s Facebook pages, but don’t just take our word for it. We are thrilled to announce that Intrepid has been voted the winner of the Top 10 Small Business Facebook Pages for 2011!
To receive such positive recognition from the Social Media Examiner is a great honour. Over 1400 entries were received from around the world and we were the only travel company amongst the finalists. So if you haven’t ‘Liked’ Intrepid yet, jump on Facebook and check it out. We have lots of fun chatting about travel and sharing fantastic photos. Plus you can meet up with your group before you go and be sure to look out for our sensational comps!
For the last 5 years Intrepid has been a very proud supporter of The Climate Project – helping to educate our networks and support positive actions to address the climate crisis. Through our own major efforts to reduce and offset our carbon pollution, we were very chuffed to achieve carbon neutrality in late 2010, and are continuing to take measures to manage our environmental impacts.
The Climate Reality Project (known formerly as The Climate Project), founded and chaired by Vice President Gore, is launching a new global campaign to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis and mobilize people to help solve it. The campaign kicks off with 24 Hours of Reality, a worldwide, live streamed event on September 14-15.
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s classic mountain climbs, but only 70% of trekkers get to reach the highest point, Uhuru Peak. 90% make it to the crater rim, but as Claudine Haber discovered, even that is no walk in the park…
“Dora knocks on my door, she is holding a list of things I must take for the climb. I scan the list and show her each item. There are some things I don’t have, so she takes me to the storage room where a menagerie of clothing, glasses, trekking gear are housed. I gather what I think I might need. She gives me a sack to put my items in. When all is complete, I am ushered to a briefing session that gives us a run down of the ins and outs of this fascinating mountain and tips on how to survive. So here I am, Heidi-like plaits, boots, wooden climbing stick, Wina’s blanket (I promised to take it to the top) and ready to yodel up a mountain without a goat.
What’s big, blue-grey in hue and has had a growth spurt of 70cm in one day? It’s New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier, or Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere as its known in Maori. Sally Everett explains why exploring this 12km (7.5 mile) long glacier is a very cool experience…
“With the unfamiliar icy white ground crunching as I walked, it took a while before I was prepared to trust my crampons to save me from sliding down Franz Josef Glacier. But with every step and word of encouragement from our local guide, my confidence increased and my focus turned to the incredible beauty of the stark frozen landscape.
Since 2006, Intrepid Thailand has given Intrepid travellers a special shoulder bag, emblazoned with the call to action “Say No to Plastic” in Thai and English. Any guesses as to how many bags have been given out?
The bags are produced by a women’s cooperative, Tae Moh Hai, meaning Our Friends Hands in local Kuy dialect. The group live in a small village, Baan Sawaii, located in Sri Saket province, in north-eastern Thailand. The initiative was established by former Intrepid group leader, Dtor, in her home village, with the aim to create work for local families and to motivate local people to understand the importance of conserving the environment.
When Florence Masetla left home for a well-earned R&R break in Thailand, little did she expect to return with a whole new outlook on life…
“Early this year I left on yet another overseas adventure. I remember when I left South Africa winter was upon us and I was more than happy to leave the frost and work/life pressures behind for sunny, serene Thailand. Boy, I was up for a rude awakening that would not only make me think, but would change my life for the better.
The journey is the adventure when you travel with Intrepid, but some journeys are truly monumental. So what constitutes a really ‘Classic Journey’? Travellers rate our trips on a number of important factors, such as local interaction, a well-planned itinerary, the quality of their group leader and of course value for money. Then based on these gradings we can narrow it down to our Classic Top 10. These incredible trips will take you all the way from the heart of Central Asia to the white sands of Zanzibar…
Kenya to Cape Town – 4.87 out of 5
Road to Zanzibar – 4.86 out of 5
Great Indochina Loop – 4.86 out of 5
Silk Road Journey – 4.81 out of 5
Recently Intrepid Express was in search of second best travel tales and this winning story from Collin Littlewood confirms why taking the trail less travelled can be the highlight of any classic journey…
“My travel experience comes from what some might consider to be the ‘second best’ journey to Machu Picchu. Rather than join the 500 tourists a day on the classic Inca Trail, I chose to be a part of an adventure, which among the other amazing experiences of the Lima to La Paz trip, included trekking an Andean Inca Community Trail in the vicinity of Machu Picchu.
In June 2011, Campbell Price and Jock Blakeney embarked on the adventure theyve always dreamed about, but this is not what you’d call a classic journey! They have set out to ride their motorbikes from Prudhoe Bay, in Arctic Alaska, all the way south through the Americas to Ushuaia, in southern Argentina, and to the edge of the Antarctic Ocean. That’s over 35,000km (21,750 miles)! Campbell tells us how they are travelling so far and why this trip will make a difference…
“Now over 20,000 kms (12,500 miles) into our journey, Jock and I have braved polar bears and frostbite to bathe in the Arctic Ocean, sailed with our bikes through the San Blas Islands around the infamous Darien Gap and crossed the equator. We are only days away from making it to Peru and are eagerly anticipating our visit to Escuela Wiñaypaq to check out its new location and to see first-hand the invaluable work that the Intrepid Foundation is doing in the region.