Destinations

“Expect some things to go wrong”: Intrepid

Hannah Edensor

Is there anywhere genuinely new left for travellers to discover?

According to Intrepid Travel, there is, and they’ve gone out and found these places with their new Expedition style trips.

“Our customers are looking for something new and weird and wonderful,” Intrepid’s GM of marketing Steve Wroe told Travel Weekly.

“We’ve always had ‘out there’ trips, and not many other tour companies are doing this. It’s very much unique.”

“Expect some things to go wrong.”

But these trips aren’t for the faint-hearted, with Intrepid’s website disclaimer warning keen explorers to “expect some things to go wrong.”

Intrepid took to more than 1000 of its staff, who pitched dream trips to the world’s most obscure destinations, with over 50 submissions fitting the requirements of being logistically possible, not including a ‘danger zone’, and visiting somewhere genuinely new and unusual.

But it was only last September that a tour bus carrying 22 passengers crashed in Kenya, killing two Australians and injuring numerous more, an event which might leave travellers asking if these new Expedition trips are safe.

However, Intrepid says that all the trips submitted by staff were checked with DFAT to ensure traveller safety, and do not travel to places considered a ‘danger zone’.

Wroe also told TW that the company liaises with local tour guides to check the current conditions in each region, and ask whether the destination can be ruled as safe for travel.

And now Intrepid has launched a range of Expedition trips, with itineraries in a southern Mexico jungle, Georgia, Kosovo and Papua New Guinea the first to be announced, and with more itineraries to off-the-map regions expected to be unveiled throughout 2015.

The trips have limited departures in 2015, and Wroe told TW that the trips are “not designed to make money.”

“It’s never going to add anything significant to our bottom line.”

But that’s not the point, with Wroe explaining that this is more about providing new experiences for its existing client base.

“These trips are not designed to compete with other companies,” he added. “Our customers have said, ‘come on, give us something raw’, and this is it.”

And while it’s inevitable that, if the trips become popular, competitors will play copycat, Wroe says it won’t matter, as they will have already moved on to more unusual and adventurous destinations.

“It’s exciting to get out there, and get back to the roots of the company,” Wroe said. “This is why we’re in this industry, and from the managing directors to the local tour guides, everyone is united in developing this product.”

And speaking of managing directors, MD James Thornton put in his two cents, saying that the ideas are a reminder of the passion for travel the company shares with its customers.

“While the trips are all new, the Expedition-style of travel marks a return for us to the early days of adventure travel,” Thornton said.

“When Intrepid started 26 years ago there were times that we didn’t know exactly what we were doing each day, and that was part of the attraction for the travellers who joined us. Expeditions are back by popular demand.”

You can suss out the website for more details on the Expedition trips, from exploring the Mayan world in the depths of southern Mexican jungles, to careering through Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

One response to ““Expect some things to go wrong”: Intrepid”

  1. Perhaps I missed a further release but I understood the Kenya accident was due to a burst tyre…. an incident that could easily happen whether you are in in Kellyville, Kenya, or Kentucky? Bit poor to draw a line between an unfortunate accident and Intrepid’s safety record. I’m not from Intrepid, I just am not a fan of subjective journalism.

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Qantas proposes scrapping bonuses if it is “harmed”

Qantas has copped some bad press lately, but the silver lining is it’s a great excuse for Alan Joyce to get a nice makeover!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Boeing 737 MAX mid-air emergencies revealed in new investigation

Surprisingly the investigation came from the ABC and not from Air Crash Investigation, which kind of puts the show to shame a bit.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Western travel agents banned from booking Hajj pilgrimage

Those looking to complete Hajj will have to enter the Hajj lottery, which you are still astronomically more likely to win than the actual lottery.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Virtuoso uncovers key differences in how each generation travels

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly staff are conducting our own research to tap into the zoomer market by teaching the office dog TikTok dances. It’s not going well.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Royal Caribbean Group completes its comeback with all ships back at sea

To honour the milestone, all 63 ships in the group’s fleet sounded their horns at once, which most likely scared the sh*t out of nearby fishing boats and unsuspecting wales across the world.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Virgin teams up with Flight Centre for money-can’t-buy workshop

It’s the second time a Flight Centre partnership has come up this week and it’s only Tuesday! Skroo must be feeling extra convivial this week.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“It’s more like a bribe”: Unions slam Qantas’ $5,000 ‘thank you’ payment

Speaking of bribes, if anyone would like to bribe us with an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan we promise to give you a good review on TripAdvisor.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Solomon Islands to reduce mandatory quarantine

Good news for those looking to travel across the Pacific Islands! Not so good news for those who enjoy being confined to a hotel room for days on end.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Oakwood solidifies Aussie presence with full opening of Melbourne luxury property

Looking to treat yourself? Don’t get a chocolate at the shops, book yourself a stay at the new Oakwood property in Melbourne (or do both)!

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Flight Centre signs landmark agreement with Rex as pilots prepare for industrial action

While seemingly struggling to win popularity among its pilots, the regional carrier has turned to its agency partners for reassurance.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Princess reveals The Real Love Boat crew, celebrates ‘Top Gun Agents’

Say a prayer for the poor souls tasked with wrangling a ship full of reality dating contestants hell-bent on getting frisky at sea.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

How your clients can skip the rebound chaos with South America

Got clients keen to travel but hoping to avoid inflated prices and hoards of European Summer revellers? We’ve got the answer for you.

Share

CommentComments