Is there anywhere genuinely new left for travellers to discover? That was the question considered by more than 1,000 Intrepid Travel staff tasked with designing dream trips to the world’s most obscure destinations, as part of a new product incubator project.
Intrepid has launched a range of Expedition trips, with itineraries in a southern Mexico jungle, Georgia (pictured), 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 in the Expedition range will have limited departures in 2015, allowing Intrepid to test new product as well as satisfy the adventurous spirit of its most well-travelled customers and staff.
More than 50 submissions met the criteria set out by Intrepid for the new range of exploratory-style tours, which required trips to be logistically possible, not include a “danger zone” and to visit somewhere genuinely new and unusual.
“Some of the dream itineraries submitted had us busily checking our maps and DFAT warnings – and all of them inspired us to want to pack our bags and do it,” says James Thornton, managing director of Intrepid Travel. “The ideas are a wonderful reminder of the passion for travel that we share with our customers.
“While the trips are all new, the Expedition-style of travel marks a return for us to the early days of adventure travel. 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.”
Intrepid acknowledges that the Expedition style of travel is not for everyone with a warning on its web site that these are new trips and travellers should “expect some things to go wrong.”