Australian travellers are famous for being seekers of authenticity. With the help of specialised tours from organisations like Intrepid Travel, travellers old and young can get to the ‘real’ heart of a destination that they would never be able to gain on their own.
A homestay program is one of the best ways to get to know a people. Take Intrepid Travel’s homestay in Baan Hua Thung Village in Thailand, where guests get the opportunity to learn Thai, see (and taste!) authentic home cooking, and experience the culture firsthand. By learning to communicate in a universal way, guests of all ages learn the invaluable lesson of humanity - how we relate to each other and what connects us from different sides of the world. When travellers learn to appreciate that human connection at a young age, they foster a lifelong passion for connecting with others around the world.
Venturing beyond the tourist-filled areas is not always easy when you don’t know where to go and little ones who might not yet have the stamina for long days of trial and exploration. With Intrepid Travel’s guidance, a trip’s itinerary is filled for you with a meaningful balance between major landmarks and more untouched, pristine natural landscapes and small villages. In Borneo, guests are able to visit the popular Kota Kinabalu to see city life in action, then congregate with a local community along the Kinabatangan River for a night in the jungle and snorkel or dive in underwater wonderlands off the coast all in one itinerary!
A culturally immersive experience teaches children, teenagers, and yes, even adults how to open their eyes and widen their perspective of the world in a way that can’t be taught, read, or watched. In Japan, a ride on the famous bullet trains is not only an efficient mode of transportation, but it’s a way to mix with locals to hear the language, see the sights, and understand the values of the culture all at once. With an Intrepid tour in Japan, guests will take the bullet train to Kyoto and get the chance to participate in a traditional tea ceremony or take a hands-on approach to local cuisine with an obanzai (Kyoto-style) cooking class.
With these three key ingredients to a culturally connected holiday, Intrepid Travel’s tours elevate their guests’ understanding of a destination.