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.
Talk a walk and see where your nose and stomach leads you. That’s exactly what Jaime Ryan did and it’s a great strategy in China, where in the evening many streets transform into bustling food markets and wafts of garlic and ginger fill the night air…
“My favourite travel food experience was in China, while travelling from Beijing to Hong Kong. We had just arrived in Xi’an and decided to go out for a walk to find some dinner. It turned out that we didn’t have to wander very far and luckily we’d already worked up an appetite, because close to where we were staying was the Muslim Quarter and a lively night market.
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.
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.
A 4000 km road trip from Adelaide, a mere 3.5 hour drive south of Perth or a quick flight to Busselton, will bring you to the stunning Margaret River region of Western Australia. This jewel of Australia’s South West is famous for its monstrous surf, rich national parks, ancient Aboriginal culture and delicious local produce.
You’ll hear many places claim that they have something for everyone, but in Margaret River that’s really the case thanks to the beautiful beaches, spectacular tall tree forests, impressive cave system, fascinating native fauna, dolphin swimming, whale watching and unique collection of wildflowers. Plus if you are partial to a little gastronomic indulgence, then Margaret River is a real foodie haven with its top 5 culinary delights: wines, cheeses, fruit pickles, aged meats and fresh Marron – a speciality to Western Australia.
2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival, when from August 28 to September 7 the city will once again shine the spotlight on international cinema. The famous festival is a wonderful celebration of art, film, entertainment and the spirit of freedom and Gail Cairns loved seeing it play out in real life…
“It was my dream to travel to Italy and I had so many places to visit on my wish list, but the place I dreamed of the most was Venice.
Seeing the first light of day peep over the horizon is one of those precious moments that we so often associate with our travels. Maybe because at home we’d normally be hitting the snooze button right about now, whereas when we’re on holidays we get to enjoy a peaceful and beautiful start to another day that’s filled with the promise of wonder and discovery. So set your alarm clock and see where Sue Elliot, our Intrepid Express editor, loves to see the sun rise…
Mt Sinai – Egypt
There is something about setting off in the dark that really adds to the drama of watching the sun rise – especially when you have to start climbing stairs and rocky outcrops by torch light. Hailing down one of the camel drivers was tempting, but my group leader assured me we were making good time and we’d be rewarded for our efforts. He was right – we found the perfect place to perch ourselves on the rocks in time to see the sun start to spread its dawn glow across the valley. It was magical – feeling the freezing desert temperatures start to abate, seeing the reds, golds and russet tones dance across the landscape below and joining in a pilgrimage that has taken place for centuries.
The Arctic is a treacherous and unforgiving place. With ever-shifting ice flows, impassable glaciers and freezing winds, surviving here is not exactly a walk in the park. But like anywhere on earth, Mother Nature always manages to find a way to make it work, ensuring that the Arctic is filled to the brim with fascinating wildlife…
The world’s largest land carnivore, the polar bear is the undisputed king of the Arctic. With their elegant white fur armour providing the ideal camouflage, these lumbering giants maintain an almost ghostlike presence against the icy terrain, occasionally plunging into the freezing water to hunt unsuspecting seals. There’s no denying it – the chance of seeing one of these mighty animals in the flesh is reason enough to travel to the Arctic.
Malaysia’s small city state of Melaka holds historic significance because it was one of the most important trading ports in South East Asia. Known as the ‘Emporium of the East’, Old Melaka is an intriguing place to wander the narrow streets and absorb the atmosphere of the old town with its many international influences. It’s here that Tony Colebatch was on a special mission, but would his efforts to taste a wicked local meal be rewarded?…
“Malacca! Even in its revised modern spelling of Melaka, the name conjures up visions of history and romance in the exotic East, of piracy, of a series of colonial regimes that have come and gone, leaving their influence not only in the history books but also in the physical and behavioural features of the present day Melaka. Even the cuisine of Melaka reflects these varied influences.