Does Intrepid have events/slide nights that I can attend?
Please click here
and choose the country you live in. On the right-hand red menu there is an events page that lists all the upcoming events in your region.
Is Intrepid financially secure?
Yes. Intrepid started in 1989 and have been profitable almost every year since 1991. Intrepid have substantial financial reserves that exceed the requirements set down by IATA and Australia's Travel Compensation Fund. This enables us to cope with major downturns in business such as that which occurred following September 11. See the next question for more information on what happens to your money.
What happens to my money when I pay for my trip?
When Intrepid receives money from either you or from your travel agent, the funds are deposited into a Client Trust Account. The money stays in this account until the day of departure of your trip. Why? So that in the unlikely event of Intrepid ever going broke, your money is still safe and you would get it back in full. Intrepid's Client Trust Account is independently audited every year in accordance with Australia's Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) standards. The TCF is a legislated body governing the licensing and operation of travel agents in Australia. Failure to meet financial criteria reflecting the financial viability of a travel agent results in revocation of the agent's licence to trade. Intrepid are licensed under these arrangements.
Is my travel agent financially secure?
It is an unfortunate fact that travel agents do go broke from time to time. If you are using a travel agent, it is your responsibility to ensure that the agent is financially sound. This is important as the agent may hold your money before sending it to us for your trip. Should that agency go broke before we have received your money, then it may be lost. Different countries have different levels of legislation, licences, bonds, trust accounts and/or insurance schemes to protect you. These vary greatly from country to country and some countries have no such protection at all. Please research this carefully to make sure the money you are paying is secure. Where there are no protection systems in your country, at least look at how long the business has been trading, ask others about their reputation and seek independent advice on reputable travel agencies.
Employment with Intrepid
I am interested in working with Intrepid Travel – where do I find out more?
To find out what it’s like to work at Intrepid, all the exciting perks and what’s available right now, visit our employment pages
The Intrepid Foundation
What is The Intrepid Foundation?
The Intrepid Foundation (TIF) is a not-for-profit fund that helps bring support to non-government organisations in the places that Intrepid visits. Each year the fund distributes donations from Intrepid and travellers to more than 50 fantastic organisations around the world.
How did it start?
Intrepid Travel's founding Directors, Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester started TIF in 2002 in response to many travellers asking how they could donate to communities or organisations they had visited with Intrepid. They also really wanted to know that the money would get there and be used effectively, so Darrell and Geoff kicked off The Intrepid Foundation with AU$200,000. Since then, more than AU$3,000,000 has been raised by travellers and Intrepid Travel and distributed to over 75 organisations.
What kind of organisations does The Intrepid Foundation benefit?
Organisations working in the areas of:
What's the advantage of a traveller donating to The Intrepid Foundation?
The Intrepid Foundation is registered as a charity and 100% of donations received are donated to the local beneficiary organisations in an annual grant. Intrepid Travel contributes into the fund also and pays for all the administration costs. You can be assured that your donation will get to the organisation, be used for a significant need and make a real difference, such as pay a nurse's wage, build a much-needed classroom, pay for 50 students' school fees or help treat injured wildlife.
How can I donate?
Then best way is online, with a Visa or Mastercard credit card. See www.theintrepidfoundation.org
Your donation and credit card details are secure, and you will receive a receipt immediately.
Is my donation tax deductible?
If you are an Australian taxpayer, donations to The Intrepid Perpetual Fund are tax deductible. Donations to the Intrepid Community Project Fund are not tax deductible.
Can I donate to any local organisation through The Intrepid Foundation?
No. The Intrepid Foundation offers a selection of organisations that they have come to know well, and have conducted 'due diligence' checks to ensure they are well run, trustworthy and do genuinely effective and important work with the money raised.
We currently have more than 40 beneficiary organisations in over 23 countries. Check them out at: theintrepidfoundation.org
What do I do if I am unable to open a link on the Intrepid website?
Oh no! We really want to get you where you need to go. Please tell us what’s broken through our Ask Intrepid page
and our resident techno-gurus will fix it as quickly as possible.