100 + employees
Intrepid Travel has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1989. A company that began with two bearded backpackers, a typewriter and a kitchen table now leads 100,000 travellers across the globe each year.
And although we’re a bit larger these days – with 1,000 local staff based around the world and over 800 different trips across every continent (not to mention multiple kitchen tables) – our mission remains the same. We still get a kick out of responsible travel, small groups and very (very) big adventures.
The year was 1988… While most of the world wasted their time dreaming of hoverboard-mounted lasers, joining wild pyramid schemes and listening to Milli Vanilli, two mates from Melbourne spurned these distractions and instead turned their youthful, entrepreneurial beards toward the thing they loved the most – travel.
Darrell and Manch were their names and adventuring was – lucky for us – their game.
Perhaps inspired by the impending release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the pair decided to up the ante on their adventuring and set off for the wilds of Africa.
Forgoing the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, they modified an ex-council truck and crammed it with friends, supplies, a handful of aviator sunglasses and a case or two of beer. It was to be the greatest road trip since Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which had come out a few months earlier.
At some point during the trip, Darrell and Manch took off their flap-back sunhats and put on their world-changing sombreros.
‘Hang on’, they most likely said, their mouths only just visible beneath their robust facial hair, ‘could this type of travel be something others would be interested in?’
Yep, just like Dr Jones, the pair had seemingly stumbled upon the holy grail of travel, and thankfully their attention spans were longer than their tiny, tiny shorts. Intrepid was formed not long after.
The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Intrepid sends over 100,000 travellers across the globe each year and employs more than 1,000 staff (many of whom don’t even have beards). And while Indiana Jones got bored of travelling after only three adventures (we don’t talk about the fourth), Intrepid Travel is still adding to their list of over 800 different itineraries across Europe, Asia, Africa, North & South America, the Middle East, Australia and both the Arctic Antarctica.
1 Cross and Pillory House
Cross and Pillory Lane
Hampshire GU34 1HL, UK
25 holidays that could change your life
... night markets), cookery demonstrations and classes. From £565 including seven nights' accommodation (one in sleeper train, one in homestay), some meals. Flights extra. Departures throughout 2017. Intrepid Travel (0808 274 5111; intrepidtravel.com).