The best American cities to celebrate July 4th

The best American cities to celebrate July 4th

Posted on by Libby Shabada in Features /
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Whether you’re the front-runner in your local hot dog-eating contest or decked out Uncle Sam-style at the annual parade, we can all agree that July 4th is America’s holiday to go all out. And we do mean all out. Fireworks displays, grandiose parades, BBQs upon BBQs – it’s the most tri-colored day of the year.

So, what does Brexit mean for travellers?

So, what does Brexit mean for travellers?

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in News /
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For doubters, the unthinkable has happened. Today the world has woken up to find Britain and the EU are going their separate ways. At this stage it remains to be seen who will get what in the divorce, and there’s lots of questions (and hyperbole) being thrown around. Who will keep the puppy and the wedding silver? Who will get to have little Scotland on his birthday?

Be part of history on a game-changing trek up Mt Kilimanjaro

Be part of history on a game-changing trek up Mt Kilimanjaro

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in Features /
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Climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro, with a group of local women farmers to raise awareness about inequality, land rights and climate change

In rural Africa, smallholder farmers (most of whom are women) produce close to 80% of the continent’s food. From sowing, weeding and fertilizing, to processing and transporting, they form the backbone of Africa’s food security and production industry.

Flavours of Nikkei: lifting the lid on Peru’s latest fusion craze

Flavours of Nikkei: lifting the lid on Peru’s latest fusion craze

Posted on by Marianna Jamadi in Features /
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When I think of Peruvian cuisine, I think traditional. Juicy lomo saltado spiked with aji amarillo chillies. Tangy ceviche and a hit of chopped cilantro. But sushi? Not so much.

One of my favourite things about traveling is diving deep into a culture and tasting the local flavour. Food is such an intimate experience. Every where you go, people put their stories on the plate. So it was a surprise for me to discover Nikkei, a culinary style I’d never heard of. One that combines the best of Japan with the best of Peru.

Going solo: the joys of travelling by yourself

Going solo: the joys of travelling by yourself

Posted on by Marianna Jamadi in News /
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I realised something on my Intrepid trip. I am most comfortable when I am uncomfortable. When I’m off balance. Unsure. When I’m vulnerable. Basically, when I’m traveling.

Throwing yourself into the world with wild abandon is exciting, terrifying and (if you’re doing it right) life-changing. Especially if you’re doing it by yourself. When you travel solo, you move through borders and different cultures, picking up scraps of language, trying new food, experimenting, seeing things you’ve only seen in history books. Seeing things you never knew existed.

Meet the artisans who make Thailand’s alms bowls by hand

Meet the artisans who make Thailand’s alms bowls by hand

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in Features /
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Craft communities and villages are becoming harder to find these days in Bangkok after decades of rapid urbanisation have taken their toll on the city’s traditional living spaces. But there are still a few centres for crafts made by street-side vendors, using traditional methods and materials. This is one of the last.

From Venice to Rome: what to do with 8 days in Italy

From Venice to Rome: what to do with 8 days in Italy

Posted on by Melissa Welham in Guides /
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When you think of Italy, three things probably come to mind: pizza, pasta, and photogenic ancient ruins. After spending eight days in Italy on Intrepid’s Highlights of Italy tour – hitting up Venice, the Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome – I can categorically tell you there is a lot more to it than that (but don’t worry, pizza and pasta still featured heavily.)

Here’s your guide to eight perfect days in Italy.

This is what it looks like to cruise the Canal du Midi (video)

This is what it looks like to cruise the Canal du Midi (video)

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in Video /
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When a 17th century French monarch says ‘Build me a really long canal linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean Sea, a smart engineer says ‘Yes sir, right away.’ And that’s pretty much what happened with France’s Canal du Midi: an engineering wonder created to satisfy the whim of Louis XIV in 1666. It stretches for 241 km through some of the most beautiful countryside in south of France, and is now officially on UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage sites.

You won’t believe what photographer Kevin Russ can do with an iPhone

You won’t believe what photographer Kevin Russ can do with an iPhone

Posted on by Intrepid Admin in Photography /
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We just love stories like this. For two years, photographer and Instagram legend Kevin Russ lived out of his car and travelled through the American wilderness, growing an Instagram following and a very impressive beard. He moved from National Park to National Park, documenting nature with a power and clarity that would probably make Ansel Adams go ‘Yeah that’s pretty cool’…and he did it all with an iPhone.

What it’s like to do a Hmong homestay in the hills of Sapa

What it’s like to do a Hmong homestay in the hills of Sapa

Posted on by Kelsey Reaves in Traveller stories /
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There’s just something about Vietnam that’s always attracted me. I’m not quite sure if it was the images I saw of its Jurassic Park style jungles, or even just my early obsession with pho, but when a fellow traveller told me about his incredible journey trekking the northern Vietnamese hillsides of Sapa, I was set on going. A few weeks later, I found myself boarding a small white van en route to Sapa with a close friend. After four hours spent winding back and forth up the mountain, we were eventually greeted with a quick breakfast in the Sapa Summit Hotel. We guzzled down warm toast and coffee laced with sweet, condensed milk. Our tiny, vivacious guide met us there.