Is it safe to travel to Turkey? All your questions answered

Is it safe to travel to Turkey? All your questions answered

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in Features /
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It’s something travellers are asking a lot: is it safe to travel to Turkey right now? We get it all the time. And as with most complicated questions, there’s no one simple answer. Turkey is massive, and despite several incidents over the last six months, in a lot of cases the real risk is limited to certain pockets of the country. We sat down with our operations manager in Turkey, Caglar Gokgun, and asked him what’s actually going on. How is the recent unrest affecting travellers? Should people be going at all? And what are we doing to make sure our passengers are safe?

Traveller stories: 5 times technology ruined my trip

Traveller stories: 5 times technology ruined my trip

Posted on by Hallie Entwistle in Features /
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Technology has changed the way we live our day-to-day lives and (for worse or for better) it’s also changing the way we travel. No more waiting to develop our film, or documenting a moment in a journal, or even fighting with a huge map that is trying to fold itself into a small origami swan. With the click of a button we can now instantly share what used to take weeks of work. Our friends and family – even strangers – can join us as we check out the Mughal architecture of the Taj Mahal (on Instagram), dance by the full moon in Koh Phangan (on Snapchat), and get lost in the glens of Gaelic folklore (as narrated on Twitter).

Bhutan flight guide: how to get to Paro without losing your mind

Bhutan flight guide: how to get to Paro without losing your mind

Posted on by Chris Girdler in Guides /
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Some places are easier to get to than others, but complexity around getting to a destination shouldn’t be a detractor.

Unfortunately, despite coining Gross Domestic Happiness and living traffic-light-free, Bhutan does exist in a bit of a flight path black hole. For anyone without a travel agent, deciphering the air itinerary can be tricky. The good news is, it’s worth it. Once you set your eyes on Bhutan’s cliff-hugging Tiger’s Nest Temple, I promise the last thing on your mind will be a few slightly inconvenient flights. Intrepid’s Bhutan Discovered trip starts and ends in Paro – here’s a guide to getting there.

Singled out: the best island escapes for solo travellers

Singled out: the best island escapes for solo travellers

Posted on by Claire Baxter in Features /
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Now that the days are getting shorter, it’s only natural that your thoughts start drifting towards tropical escapes. White sand beaches, swaying palm trees, sunsets over the ocean and colourful cocktails with the tiny umbrellas. Eventually it gets to a point where you’re convinced you need deserve a mid-winter island getaway. But if you’re a solo traveller – what are your options?

One minute and 37 seconds of pure, unadulterated wanderlust (video)

One minute and 37 seconds of pure, unadulterated wanderlust (video)

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in Video /
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Anyone who’s travelled knows that a real journey is measured in memories, not miles. That sounds like a cat poster, but it’s true. We really think there’s something game-changing about travel. It doesn’t just make you a more well-rounded person, sanding the rough edges off your naivety or prejudice, but it has the potential to make the world a better place. So we decided to make a video about it. About the connections we make on the road: with locals, leaders and travellers just like us. The ones that stick in your memory, long after the holiday tan has faded. At the end of the day, we’re all connected by travel.

You Should Go To Patagonia If You Want To Feel Small

You Should Go To Patagonia If You Want To Feel Small

Posted on by Taryn Stenvei in Features /
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It was Friedrich Nietzsche that said “all truly great ideas are conceived by walking”, but Nietzsche had obviously never walked in Patagonia.

When you’re hiking in this region – whether it’s up and down mountains or carefully latching your crampons on to glaciers – there’s not much room for great ideas, or really anything else at all. Most of the time, you’re too focussed on where your feet need to go next, which boulder to scramble up or which glacial crevice to avoid; at other times, you’ll just find yourself dumbfounded, unable to reach any grand conclusion beyond the word “whoa”. The presence of such inescapable beauty, you’ll find that thinking ranks low.

This new technology is set to obliterate language barriers

This new technology is set to obliterate language barriers

Posted on by Justin Meneguzzi in News /
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Waverly Labs, a technology firm based in the US, has developed a prototype earpiece device that will soon make language guides obsolete. The device, referred to only as Pilot, took two years to produce and allows different language-speakers to communicate by translating their speech and instantly delivering it to a listener via a linked earpiece.

9 places you should never take a selfie

9 places you should never take a selfie

Posted on by Kate Sitarz in Responsible Travel /
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This post first appeared on SmarterTravel.

The selfie has become as ubiquitous as McDonalds – you can’t travel anywhere without seeing someone taking a selfie or flailing around with a selfie stick. Selfies can be fun and result in some of the most hilarious souvenirs from a trip, as long as you’re following proper selfie etiquette. But there are a few places where you shouldn’t take a selfie no matter what, places where cheesy grins plastered across your face and a half dozen of your friend’s faces just don’t make sense.