Hawai’i is famous for its spirit of aloha, hula and surf, but learn more about the archipelago’s ancient culture and you’ll discover another dimension to your adventure. Intrepid’s Sue Elliot helped design our new Hawaiian Highlights trip and one of her favourite places in Hawai’i is Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park…
“Reaching pu’uhonua in ancient times was a bitter-sweet experience. The events leading to your arrival would have been extremely traumatic, not to mention the panic of having to swim across the bay while being chased by warriors. But on the other hand, this ‘Place of Refuge’ was your salvation. It represented your precious chance for redemption.
You never know what type of amazing experience will be around the next corner in Thailand. As Tanya Rubin discovered, it could be one of your best adventures yet…
“After spending three days trekking through the hills of northern Thailand, we thought we might give the following day’s trip to the Golden Triangle a miss, because we were still weary from our walk. But the next day we dragged ourselves out of bed, jumped in the back of our songtheaw and headed out of Chang Rai to the Golden Triangle.
It’s extraordinary to think that even in a brief tour of China you can see centuries-old buildings and ancient temples alongside the world’s most modern architecture. It’s this remarkable juxtaposition that Intrepid’s Jenny Voelzke found so fascinating…
“Travelling to China was something I was extremely excited about! Although I only had a week, I was going to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai to see some of China’s most iconic sights, like the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Warriors.
Real cultures, people and places are what our friends at Matador Network are always wanting to discover. So who better to talk to about the highlights of Buenos Aires than these talented travel journalists who have either lived, or are living, in Argentina’s iconic city…
Tom Gates, Matador Nights:
Arguably the best Japanese food in Buenos Aires is at Comedor Nikkai, which is, not surprisingly, located in the Japanese Cultural Center (Av. Independencia 732, San Telmo).
If wild landscapes, remote communities and polar bears are on your wish list, then you can’t go past the Arctic! World-renowned photographer and travel author Steve Davey loves exploring this part of the world and he’s got great tips to help you capture this extraordinary region on camera…
“The Arctic region of Svalbard is an incredible part of the world: far more accessible than the Antarctic, it can be reached in a just few hours from most European capitals. Yet Svalbard is also the home of the polar bear, one of the most fearsome predators on the planet.
Mall trawling Del Amo Fashion Center, seeing a movie premiere at the Chinese Theatre or donning your Disneyland mouse ears, where to start on your Los Angeles stopover? From celebrity mayhem to narcissistic musclemen, Carol Wilson had a fun day in the City of Angels…
“I had heard mixed reviews about Los Angeles, but on my recent Intrepid trip I was surprised at how much there was to see and do. On our tour through LA we saw Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and stopped for a short time in Hollywood. Normally just a boulevard with tourists, pricey shops and stars in the pavement, we had an extra special experience. Talk about right time, right place, just as we arrived Hugh Jackman was making his mark in the concrete, so we all managed to sneak a peak of him and watch the crowd go crazy with celebrity fever. What a highlight!
Diverse: it’s a great word to describe Malaysia. A melting-pot of cultures, a land of contrasts and a kaleidoscope of colours. From its urban skyscrapers to welcoming villages, it’s a country that never ceases to amaze and delight, as Intrepid’s Chotie Moloney discovers…
“A sea of green. As far as my eyes could take in. Cool, fresh, life sustaining; green.
As I gazed at the surrounding hills, the expanse of land appeared like an intricately woven pattern, linking the acres of textured green landscape before me. Hard to believe I was still in Malaysia. Was it really only 24 hours ago that I was melting in the humidity of Kuala Lumpur, reaching for my next lime juice with sugar and ice?
You might have done so much planning and preparation that you already feel like you know a place before you visit. But as Debora Hoffman discovered when she left her United States homeland, there are always bound to be a few things that you weren’t expecting Down Under…
“Thinking Australia? We found some surprises:
- It’s really, really far away. OK, this one wasn’t a surprise, but it is somewhat astonishing; it takes 30 hours to get to Melbourne. And that’s on Australia’s east coast. To get to Perth, on the west coast, takes another 4 hours. That is a brutal amount of time to be on airplanes, leaving you smelly, cranky and your brain on stun from the four movies you watched.
The test for any great destination is to return two, three or more times and see whether you can uncover new and exciting real life experiences. Julian Hanton, presenter of Travel Channel series Asian Times, recently did just that in China, but he had a secret local weapon named Alan…
“China is a power house of an economy and holds so many treasures and sites that on a visit there, you’re swamped by choice. I was lucky enough to travel to China with Intrepid Travel as part of my latest TV series Asian Times, which we filmed for Travel Channel in May 2013. I’d been to China before and in fact I lived there briefly when I was a child. However this time around, it was incredibly different.