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Off-the-Beaten Path Adventure Travel: Visit Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel trips let you explore the world at grassroots level cheaply

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Intrepid Travel Profile

"Real life experiences" are the focus on Intrepid Travel's adventure trips. Intrepid Travel was started in 1989 by two men who had a passion to get travelers off the beaten track in Asia. Today, Intrepid Travel offers trips to more than 90 destinations around the globe. The styles of trip include active adventures; challenges, where travelers combine cycling, trekking and some volunteer activities; independent travel; family travel; and Basix travel, which is definitely grassroots-style. On these generally small-group trips you'll travel in ways similar to the local people, respecting their culture and the environment. The groups take mostly public transportation, stay and eat in small-scale locally-owned establishments.

The Intrepid Travel Boss' Pitch:

"We wanted to develop a style of travel that was all together different, where as travelers we became a part of country - and not just tourists looking in. Wherever we go in the world, we take a responsible attitude with us. That means traveling in a way that both respects and benefits local people, their culture and the environment. Our travelers get the change to meet local people and really get to know their culture first-hand. You'll contribute directly to local economics and help develop cross-cultural understanding. In other words, enjoy a real life experience." says Darrrell Wade, Director and Co-founder, Intrepid Travel.

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Popular adventure travel trips with Intrepid Travel

When you check out the pricing on some of these continually popular journeys, you'll be surprised at how much less they cost than ones with similar itineraries offered by other adventure travel companies. But, keep in the mind that many of these are "grassroots" trips and the lodging is chosen with a live-like-the-locals bent. The 9-day Taste of China goes from Beijing to Shanghai. The 22-day Rajasthan Adventure roams from Old Delhi to meeting with local tribes people at Karni Mata to visiting a royal residence. The 9-day Road to Angkor bounces from the floating markets in Thailand to the Angkor's temples in Cambodia.

Where to learn more about Intrepid Travel

For more information about the many trips, including the Canada Dog Sled Adventure, visit Intrepid Travel or call 800-970-7299.

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