Russ Malkin, adventure television producer extraordinaire, rose to fame behind the camera on popular TV series Long Way Round and Long Way Down, starring adventurer Charley Boorman and actor Ewan McGregor. He’s currently working on a new project, Charley Boorman’s South Africa, which hits screens in the new year.
Russ hosted an event, “How to Film Your Own Adventure”, in the London Intrepid My Adventure Store this week, and gave us his ultimate hints and tips on how to record your travels on film. Here, we give you the lowdown on the best way to immortalise your experience on cellulose (or, more likely, hard disk. But that doesn’t sound half as romantic, does it!).
To really get to know a country you need to meet its people. The tuk tuk driver who takes you to your destination, the bartender who shares his local tips, or the babushka who sells sweets on a Moscow street corner. You will come across so many wonderful local characters and Intrepid’s Boris ‘Bob’ Golodets introduces us to a very talented young woman in Kolomiya…
“On our Intrepid Ukraine trips we have a hidden highlight for lovers of local art. You’ve probably heard of Faberzhe eggs, made more than 100 years ago by famous jewellery master Karl Faberzhe (known to many as Febergé). Well, the Slavic tradition of egg painting is still alive today, albeit in a more modest form than the richly decorated and priceless Faberzhe eggs. Fortunately the skills have been passed down through generations and if you know where to look you can find these fine artists in unexpected places.
Is it the end of the world as we know it? Darrell Wade, Intrepid co-founder, poses this serious question about climate change and considers the consequences of global inertia…
“Recently I read an alarming article in the New York Times. Global climate emissions are rising faster than predicted, temperatures are already increasing faster and the world is looking at a climate scenario that is significantly worse than the worst-case scenario of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Worse, there is no end in sight to the increase in carbon emissions.
Some might accuse the Intrepid team of being obsessed with food, and it’s true that there are few things we love better than tracking down a great local eatery. When Rami Hazou, from Intrepid My Adventure Store and former Intrepid Group Leader, spent time in Jordan, it didn’t take him long to find a special place to feast…
“The only port city of Jordan is called Aqaba. It lies at the northern most tip of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. Known mainly for its warm waters and exquisite coral and marine life, Aqaba has much more to offer. With its modern city, great restaurants and night life, on top of being a free trade zone, it has become a traveller’s paradise. It’s also the gateway for famous Wadi Rum, where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed and you can explore amazing rock and sand landscapes that are unique to the area.
Macca Sherifi, gapyear.com travel editor, recently travelled in Vietnam with Intrepid. He enjoyed many great experiences, but there was a special local meal that left a lasting impression…
“KOTO is a beautiful Hanoi restaurant that has been around since 2000. Offering some of the best cuisine in the city, you’ll leave the restaurant with a warm fuzzy feeling that’s got nothing to do with the food.