Sharing some fun and a laugh with the local kids is often one of the highlights of local grassroots travel. But sadly, as we’ve become all too aware these days, the children who are out and about meeting foreign visitors may be at risk of abuse or harm – whether by those with ill-intent, or by those with good intentions but unaware of potentially bad consequences. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is the ‘right thing to do’!
At Intrepid Travel, we’re proud to have terrific relationships with really effective organisations, that can help travellers navigate the child protection minefield. One of these, the ChildSafe network, provide some of the following information and excellent practical advice on what you can do to protect children wherever you travel:
We are thrilled to announce that Hossam Moussa, Intrepid Group Leader in Egypt, has received the Silver Award in the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.
This is well-deserved recognition for Hossam (known as ‘Sam’) and he joins Intrepid’s team of exceptional group leaders who for the 6th consecutive year have either been finalists or won the World Guide Awards.
With a history of human habitation that dates back over 400,000 years, Istanbul is the type of city where you could spend a lifetime uncovering its highlights and hidden charms. But what if you’ve only got one day, where would you start to explore this melting-pot of cultures and civilisations?…
8.30am – Dolmabahce Palace
After a quick breakfast head for the Dolmabahce to admire the sheer opulence while wandering through its gold and jewel-adorned rooms.
We recently asked Intrepid Express readers to tell us their best tips for being a Responsible Traveller – how they travel in a way that’s respectful of local people, the environment and local economies. The response was a deluge of ideas demonstrating that Intrepid travellers care and want to do the right thing when they travel. Here are the top 12 tip topics (try saying that quickly!) and some of our travellers’ suggestions:
1. Water, water everywhere – pack a stainless steel or sturdy plastic BPA-free water bottle and a purifying method suited to your destination – purifying tablets such as Micropur, or a purifying device such as a SteriPEN. Avoid buying wasteful bottled water.
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!
October 11 marks observance of the second International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
Filmmaker Rebecca Barry highlights many of these unique challenges in her recently launched fabulous documentary, I Am A Girl, (with support from Intrepid) which features the lives of six girls on the brink of womanhood. We caught up with Rebecca recently, to ask her more about the film…
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?
We love the lengths that some Intrepid travellers will go, to raise funds for a good cause! In mid October, Garry West-Bail of Melbourne, will be running and cycling across Vietnam, to raise funds for KOTO.
KOTO is well known to Intrepid travellers, for serving delicious food through their restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – which are the fronts of a great organisation which helps support young people in leaving a life on the streets, through training in hospitality and life skills. Intrepid and The Intrepid Foundation have been proud supporters of KOTO since KOTO’s founding in 1999, by former Intrepid tour leader Jimmy Pham.
Sure you can get a buzz on roller coasters, jet boats and hang gliders, but as Intrepid’s Ella Benjamin discovered, sometimes a simple piece of ply board can give you the most thrilling ride of your life…
“Flying face-first down a hundred foot mountain of sand is one of the most exhilarating and adrenaline pumping experiences of my life.
Huacachina, a tiny town in southwest Peru, has increasingly become an attraction for tourists drawn by the sport of sand boarding and taking dune buggy rides. The town is built around a small natural lake in the middle of the desert and is surrounded by enormous sand dunes.