FAQ - About Intrepid Trips

Trip Style

Which style of trip is right for me?
Our three styles of travel – Basix, Original and Comfort – cover a whole gamut of travel experiences. To find out which one has ‘You’ written all over it, visit our Trip Styles page
 
Are trips physically demanding?

Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? We’ve got a trip for that. Want to power up the side of mountain at high altitude? We’ve also got a trip for that. To determine what type of trip suits you best, each of our trips comes with a Physical Rating to let you know how physically demanding it is… or isn’t.  1 is not at all, 5 is pretty hardcore and 3 is somewhere in between.

Travelling with Children

Does Intrepid have family trips? 
Intrepid offers a wide range of Family Adventures around the globe. The minimum age (for Family trips) varies depending on destination, and Intrepid has set minimum ages to ensure that the included activities suit each age range. Additionally, you’ll notice that some of the more adventurous destinations have a higher minimum age. Please click here full details and FAQs associated with our Family Adventures.
 

Group Trip Information

Who are Intrepid travellers?

Intrepid adventures are for travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're travelling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Intrepid adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Intrepid adventure has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you.

No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers.

How many people will be on my trip? 

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we’re small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travellers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip’s overview page on our website.

Are there age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children are allowed on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip’s overview page on the website.  
Most of our trips don’t have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.

Who will be my group leader?

While we can’t tell you who your leader is prior to departure, we can tell you they will be awesome. Our leaders are experts in their regions, some because they’ve been travelling there for years, others because they’re locals and can’t wait to show you their backyard. On longer journeys, or ones that travel through more than one country, you may change leaders part way through – but this just means double the awesomeness.

Can I just do part of the trip?

Although you won’t be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused, you can opt to sign off the trip if you need to leave a day or so earlier. If you let us know before travel that you’ll be arriving late or need to leave before the trips ends, we will notify our team on the ground to best accommodate your requirements.

Can I make any changes to the itinerary of my group trip, either before or during the trip? 

Please make sure you are happy with your group trip itinerary before booking because we are unable to change them for individual travellers. However, if you and a group of friends, colleagues or even your school would like your own personally designed itinerary, get in contact with our very talented Private Groups; they can tailor an itinerary just for you.

Can I add an extra night on the beginning or end of my group trip, either before or during the trip?
You sure can. Just ask your travel specialist at the time of booking.
 

Single Travellers

I’m travelling alone – is that OK?

This is the beauty of the Intrepid style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

If I am a single traveller will I be charged a single supplement?

As a single traveller, you will usually have the choice of either paying a single supplement or sharing with someone of the same gender. No single supplement is available on our Basix style adventures.

Room Types

Can we book a triple room?

Depending on the trip style you choose, our trips are organised on a twin, triple or multishare basis. As our bookings are made well in advance, individual room requests can’t be guaranteed.

Can I book a single room?

You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis; however, throughout your Intrepid trip, rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. Some trips do have a single supplement available – check a trip’s overview page on our website, or their Trip Notes, to see whether a single supplement is offered. If so, please request this at the time of booking.

Weather (When to travel)

What is the best time of year to travel? What is the weather expected to be like in my chosen destination at the time I want to travel? 

In our Destination pages on our website we provide guidelines on the best time to travel to major cities in each Intrepid destination. Go to the Destinations page of our website’s menu, choose the relevant continent, choose the ‘Explore’ page for the relevant country then go to the snapshot button on the red right-hand menu.

For more general weather information we suggest you visit http://www.worldweather.org 
 

Food & Drink

I have special dietary requirements – will they be catered for?

We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

What will the food be like on my trip?

Food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. There may be some familiar fare but often you’ll be confronted with the new, interesting and downright weird of the culinary world but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. In addition to this, our flexible itineraries often allow you to eat with the group or branch out on your own - this means you can eat to suit any budget or desire.

Can I drink the water in the countries I visit?

In some destinations it may not be wise to drink the local water. For more details, you can find country-specific information in our fantastic Destination Pages, which can be found in the red menu bar at the top of our home page, or by going to the below link and then choosing the destination you are travelling to.

http://www.intrepidtravel.com/top-destinations

Optionals

What are optional activities? Where can I find details on optional activities?

Our trips always offer a bunch of exciting optional activities. When you arrive at each destination, your leader will brief you on your options and help you book them. If you are keen to plan ahead, the Trip Notes have a list of included and optional activities under each day in the itinerary. You’ll also find more options on the ground, which your leader will advise you of at the time.

Do I book and pay for optional activities now or during the trip?

In most cases, optional activities are booked and paid for on the ground. This allows you the flexibility to change your mind as you relax into travelling mode and meet friends. There are a couple of exceptions to this: Rio Carnival extras, balloon safaris in Africa and our Urban Adventures. These will all need to be booked prior to departure to secure the activity. Chat to your travel agent or Intrepid specialist about this.

Can I opt out of certain activities if I want to?
Absolutely. If there are included or optional activities that you don’t wish to participate in, you can do your own thing instead. The exception to this is when we are trekking or travelling from one destination to the next. Please note that if you choose to opt out of an included activity, no reimbursement can be made by Intrepid.

Sustainable Travel

How does Intrepid support sustainable travel and protect the environment? Wherever we go in the world we travel with respect for the people and the environment. We’re working hard to make our business as responsible and sustainable as possible, from our head office through to our trips on the ground. Find out more on our Responsible Business pages.

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