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Intrepid Doubles Family-Themed Itineraries

Intrepid Travel is doubling its family-themed tours for 2017 with 48 itineraries tailored to families in two new styles of travel, Comfort and Active Family.

The decision to launch more than 20 tours comes as a result of the increasing demand for multi-generational travel. Intrepid Travel has also experienced significant demand for its teen trips, designed for ages 12 and up, inspiring the launch of teen trekking itineraries in Peru and Nepal, among other destinations.

“Intrepid Travel’s kid-friendly tours shake up the typical family vacation, offering a sense of adventure suited for all generations,” says Leigh Barnes, North America director for Intrepid Travel. “By significantly increasing our Family tours for 2017, we hope to be the go-to operator for family adventure travel.”

Ideal for meeting like-minded families, Intrepid Travel’s family-only adventures offer action-packed experiences steering off the beaten track, away from ball pits and buffets. Transforming travel into a form of education, the tours encourage families to use the world as their textbook by immersing into the destination and culture. With an average group size of 12, travelers can hop aboard local transportation, eat at family-run restaurants and kick back in home-stay accommodations. Family-friendly tours with 2017 departures offer one-of-a-kind experiences including:

  • Act like Mowgli in search for Shere Khan and other Bengal tigers for a true “Jungle Book” experience on the Comfort Northern India Family Holiday.
  • Visit Chiang Mai’s Elephant Nature Park, recognized by World Animal Protection for its protection of elephant welfare, on the Thailand Family Holiday.
  • Punt along the waterways of the Okavango Delta’s vibrant ecosystem by traditional canoe, greeting grunting hippos on the Namibia & Botswana Family Adventure.
  • Take on life as a local Gozitan shepherd for the day, tending to animals, cutting corn, making ‘gbejniet’ cheese and preparing lunch with the host family during the Malta and Gozo Family Holiday.

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A version of this article previously appeared in TravelPress.com

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Calibishie Beach, Dominica

 

Located in the Lesser Antilles is the island country of Dominica, which is also known as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean due to its untouched natural exquisiteness.

Since it is Lesser Antilles’ youngest isle, it is in Dominica where you’ll find the second biggest hot spring in the world in the name of the Boiling Lake. In addition to this, you’ll also encounter rare species of animals, plants and birds as you see yourself being surrounded by verdant and rugged tropical forests.

Find out more about Dominica in the eyes of a Daily Mail UK Travel writer as he vacations in this part of the Caribbean and effortlessly communes with nature (“A Walk on the Brighter Side: Forget Fly and Flop, Dominica is a Trekker’s Paradise”). Below is a snippet of his travel post:
 

The first sector comes up from Scotts Head on the south-west coast through this Shangri-La meadow where we'd love to linger, but a Champagne treat awaits… Down we go, through mango and wild orange trees, and luxuriant, exotic flowering shrubs. Lizards skitter across the path; tiny land crabs hide in their shell homes under the dappled light… The 'treat' is a snorkel from Champagne Beach where hot gases emerge from the seabed amid swaying corals and shoals of brilliantly-hued fish. A baleful barracuda keeps watch as sunlight makes silvery streamers of thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the surface of the warmed water. From the shore, iguanas glare unblinking before scuttling back into sandy caves.
 

Get the rest of his travel post here, and consider getting close to Mother nature and her creations by holidaying in Dominica.
 

So contact us as early as now to begin your travel plans for your Dominica trip!

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Located in Boise County is the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, which is run by the non-profit organization Bogus Basin Recreation Association. This part of Boise National Forest becomes most popular during skiing season, which starts at Thanksgiving up until April 15.

Take a good look at this ski area, and see if you, too, would like to have some fun at Bogus Basin by watching this video uploaded by Peak Travels. The creator of the clip further shares some of his thoughts right here,
 

Bogus Basin Ski Area is located just north of Boise, ID. This unique non-profit resort is Boise's backyard winter playground. We were treated to a bluebird day and really nice groomers. Check out Bogus Basin and see why the locals love their resort.
 

So contact us now to get started with your next adventure in Idaho!

 

Craving for that extra oomph in your adventurous life? Then you’ll surely find one at the cliffs of Norway via wingsuit flying. This adrenaline-pumping activity allows you to enjoy the sport of flying using a particular jumpsuit, named a wingsuit. Just like skydiving, a parachute is required when performing this extreme sport as you will be jumping off BASE jumping exit points, such as cliffs, or a skydiving aircraft.

Learn more about this activity and the ideal wingsuit flying destinations in Norway right here in Mike Steen.com’s clip.
 

Contact us now to start preparing for your next adventure in Norway!

 

While you can start your bird watching activity at the Klamath Wildlife Area, which is a Miller Island Unit and where you can see a great variety of ducks and geese, there are more migratory birds that can be seen on the Link River Trail, examples of which include waterfowl and gebes.

But the best site to get a great view of soaring bald eagles is in the Klamath Wingwatchers’ Lake Ewauna Nature Trail, which is just nearby Klamath Falls. Here you’ll personally see ospreys, herons and the most majestic of them all, the Klamath bald eagle.

Get a load of this bird specie in Travel Oregon’s vid, in which the user shares,
 

The Klamath Basin in southern Oregon is the wintertime home of up to 1,000 bald eagles plus nearly two million other migratory birds, making it a prime location for wildlife viewing.
 

So start preparing for your next birding adventure as early as now!

Amalfi Coast, Italy

 

Have you always dreamt of boarding a real clipper ship and experience how it was like to be on board one of the most historical and influential modes of transportation in the past?

Don’t think that clipper ships are phased-out just yet as you can see and ride one along no other than the Italian World Heritage Site of Amalfi Coast.

Not convinced? Well, Daily Mail UK Travel writer Julie Peasgood boarded one herself in the hope of fulfilling her dream to “climb the rigging of a tall ship” (“Set Sail for Italy: Naughty Napkins, Fine Food and Climbing the Rigging on a Clipper Voyage”). And don’t expect that you’ll be cruising the historic Amalfi Coast with a mere old revamped version of a clipper because the one Peasgood rode, namely the Royal Clipper, boasts of a “sheer romantic beauty” that instantly took her breath away.

Below is an excerpt from her travel article:
 

-- the ship might look like the Cutty Sark but the onboard amenities are bang up-to-date and include three swimming pools, one of which has a glass bottom that doubles (somewhat disconcertingly) as the ceiling of the bar below… But my favorite hidey-hole was up on deck in one of the 'secret' balconies, tucked away on either side of the bow. Nestling here, G&T in hand and a gentle breeze balancing unexpectedly high temperatures, I was one satisfied sailor.
 

Get the remainder of her story here, and learn more about the amenities on board of the Royal Clipper as well as the rest of her experience while cruising along the Amalfi Coast.
 

Contact us to get started with your next ocean cruise today!

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You will definitely touch a different Russian experience in the various outdoor activities that are waiting for you in Buryatia.

From horseback riding, biking and trekking the Sayan Mountains to relaxing at its Khoyto-Gol Warm Springs, another adrenaline-filled adventure you could do when in Russia is to take part in a whitewater rafting during the first half of the year.

Running for hundreds of kilometers is Angara River’s left tributary, the Kitoy River. Watch Tomass Marnics as he enjoys Russia by braving through this body of water.
 

If I would say that I like this river, I would say nothing, I am definitely in love with this amazing «phenomenon» that has been created by nature thousands years ago. It was my 5th visit on this river during last 4 years and I want to go back there again and again. I am travelling a lot all around the world and I have never seen something similar to this place. Only here you could see the combination of roughness, the uniqueness of the sceneries, color of the water and the color of rock, the amount of fish in the river, mushrooms and berries and just huge amount of «FUN» that you are getting from the kayaking here. I have been here many times and each and every of them is unique. I know for sure, that next year I will go to Biluti again. There are not so many places as this one and they do remain in our hearts and souls forever, taking some part of our internal world. This part is inside us, it is alive...
 

So start planning your next adventure as soon as possible!

Yangtze River at Sunset

 

 

Yangtze River is considered to be the greatest river in China, and it is regarded as the fifth biggest river by water volume in the entire world.
 
Read on to learn about the practical tips that every Yangtze cruise passenger should bear in mind before and during the trip.
 
* Things to Bring
 
Strong wind is expected during fall, so ensure that you bring a coat or a sweater. Aside from this, rain gear is recommended as the weather in the river is quite unpredictable. In addition, a pair of training shoes or rubber shoes is essential especially if you plan on climbing the three beautiful gorges.
 
If you want to keep expenses to a minimum, ensure to bring supply detergent soaps and clothes’ line so that you can do your own laundry. Lastly, while there is physician on board, you could bring the usual medications for headache, stomach pain, and sea sickness and so on to reduce fees from health check ups.
 
* Expenses
 
Upon checking in, a boarding card will be given to you, in which all of your trip expenditures will be logged. You could pay at the end of the cruise in cash or using a credit card. Most cruise ships provide free drinks, yet these are only limited to beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
 
While you could opt to bring your own food to steer clear of the costly meals offered in the cruise ship’s restaurant, it is restricted to bring them inside the establishments, including the recreation center and the bar.
 
On the whole, taking a cruise along the Yangtze River would become more hassle-free and relaxing if you keep in mind the abovementioned pieces of advice.
 

So start planning your next trip today!

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Perhaps it’s the scores of golf courses or the pleasant and hospitable locals or maybe it’s the hot deserts and the damp forests.
 
Some people go to Mexico to sample an authentic Mexican cuisine, while others wanted to see for themselves the country’s excellent archeology and architecture. Still, a lot more travel all the way to this nation just so they could enjoy the beach and party like there’s no tomorrow.
 
See Romain Huchet’s travel video to Mexico, and see if you, too, could spot the main reason why millions of travelers visit this awesome country each year.
 

So start planning your trip to Mexico this year!

 

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Tokyo Disneyland

 

 

If you wish to make the most out of your Tokyo Disneyland tour and plan to tour the rest of the city in your remaining days in Japan, then you’d have to know how to complete your tour in just a single day. Read on to learn about this.
 
1. Evening Rides
For favored rides that don’t offer FASTPASS and for those who don’t plan to waste 30 minutes in a very long queue, then an evening ride is a perfect option. Fantasyland rides are particularly less crowded in the evening as kids don’t stay long for the night, so remember to come back and take that ever-so-popular ride.
 
2. Low-Peak Season
Needless to say, low-peak seasons are the most perfect time to go to Tokyo Disneyland. This does not only mean fewer visitors and shorter lines, it also indicates affordable accommodations as well!
 
3. Watch the Parade
The amount of time you spend in watching parades is lesser compared to the relatively longer hours required to watch live theatre shows. All the same, you’ll enjoy watching the full performance of your preferred Disney characters along with multihued props, likable songs and vibrant environment. 
 
4. Plan Ahead
Know which particular rides you want to try, and don’t spend a single minute arguing which ride you will or will not take.
 
5. Eat During Off Peak Hours
Just like the long lines seen outside the gates of the rides, you’d also expect long queues in restaurants and banquet halls. Make sure to eat your meal earlier or at a later time, when fewer diners are in the area. 
 
6. FASTPASS
Particular rides that are popular among park goers usually offer the FASTPASS (FP), which is a type of ticket that enables you to enjoy other parts of Tokyo Disneyland and just return to the FP ride at the time specified on the FP ticket. Instead of waiting for 30 minutes to one hour, you’d find yourself waiting in line for just about ten minutes. 
 
So maximize your one-day Tokyo Disneyland experience just by following the tips above!
 
Start planning your trip to Tokyo Disneyland today!

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