We think travel has a special power to connect people. To make friends of strangers, lovers of friends, to bring cultures together. To make this big world feel a little smaller. We want to hear your stories. Have you met anyone special on the road? Shared a special connection? We want to create a groundswell of travel love, so we can prove just how connected this big world really is.
Sharing moments with locals
You know that friend who gets a kick out of introducing all their pals to each other, all the time? That’s us. When we travel, we want our new friends (you) to meet our old friends (the locals), because we think you’ll get along great. Meet Hussein (aka ‘Mr Action’) of Ait Benhaddou, Morocco. He’s been an extra in countless Hollywood films and makes killer couscous. Over in Nepal, there’s Pemba, a local guide who’s finished in the Top 10 of the Everest Marathon. We’ll share tea with Mursi tribes in Ethiopia, play farm with gauchos in Argentina and visit Inuit communities in Greenland.
We don’t cross the world to visit museums: we do it to meet the people the museums are about. Because when you’re back from your trip and the dust has settled, those are the memories that stick.
Home is where the people are
Home can be a Rajasthani palace passed down through 10 generations, or it can move across the Central Asian steppe on the back of a donkey. What makes a home is the people in it, whether they’re descendants of Indian royalty or hardy Mongolian nomads. And we want you to meet them.
Helping a Quechua woman dice carrots in her mudbrick house on Lake Titicaca, joining a Dusun family for dinner in a Borneo village – however the table is set, Intrepid homestays open doors you didn’t know were there. Swap stories about your cultures over homemade meals, help out with daily chores or fall asleep to the sounds of snoring in the Mekong. Authentic, welcoming and always fun, a homestay is going to be the highlight of your trip. Trust us.
Meet some of our homestay familes.
Who travels with Intrepid?
Ever heard the term ‘melting pot?’ Of course you have. Thing is, it doesn’t just apply to cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town or Bangkok; it applies to our groups, too. Take a wildlife fiend from Alaska, a gaggle of college students from Kyoto, sprinkle with some vino-loving Kiwis and voila! You’ve got yourself an adventure mixed bag. But different doesn’t mean unrelatable. In fact, our passengers have a lot in common: a love of travel, a curiosity about the world and a respect for local communities, cultures and the environment (basically, all the important stuff). Just a hunch, but we think you’ll get along.
Many who travel with us agree:
“Intrepid care for the people who book with them. The tour was like a family. Outstanding organisation.”
Nonah Dalwood, Classic Peru
“Was an amazing trip, made some unique friendships along the way…The overall experience was very memorable and also educational. Can't wait to choose the next Intrepid Family holiday.”
Harvey Farrington, Comfort Vietnam Family Holiday
“My first trip with Intrepid was an absolute blast. With an amazing group of like-minded travellers and an exceptional tour leader, I was really privileged to experience the best of the beautiful country of Morocco!”
Eleanor Paxman, Best of Morocco
How old are Intrepid travellers?
You know the saying – the life in your years is far more important than the years in your life. Nowhere is this more applicable than travel. Our trips are for all ages, from the 19-year-old rookie backpacker to the retired couple living out their second adolescence through world travel (an excellent life choice). That being said, our Basix trips generally attract the younger crowd, Comfort the older and Original, well, all and everything between. It’s up to you, really.
New friends in fellow adventurers
Small group travel is a fast-track to new friendships, whether you’re hitting the road with your dad, an old bud or riding solo. And not just the Facebook variety either: we’re talking the deeper, more lasting kind, forged in the fires of adventure, long dinner conversations and trip theme songs.
Because of our small group size – usually around 10 people per tour – there’s no way you’ll return home with just a vague recollection of ‘that French guy at the back of the minibus who really got into the slow part of Bohemian Rhapsody’. Not on our watch. You’ll get to know people with all sorts of life stories, area codes and karaoke abilities. We’re not saying you’ll be soul mates with everyone you meet, but we’ll be damned if you don’t meet people with a bit of soul.
Stories from the road
We’re on the lookout for photos of travel pals and best buds you’ve made on the road. Just tag your perfectly filtered shot with #connectedbytravel.