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17 Sep 2020

Intrepid has launched a series of retreat-style tours geared towards family groups.

The company created the new tours in response to strong demand for its family tours over the past several months.

In fact, a quarter of Intrepid’s top 25 itineraries booked globally over the past three months have been family-themed compared to just 12 per cent last year.

According to Intrepid, the top family trips booked globally are all based in Africa and Asia, including the ‘South Africa Family Safari with Teenagers’ and a family tour of Vietnam, while Australian families are also interested in adventures in Tanzania, Peru, Borneo, and Sri Lanka.

“After months spent indoors away from friends and classmates, we’ve seen families are eager to get out and explore the world once it is safe to do so and have a desire to reconnect with both nature and like-minded people,” said Intrepid’s family product manager, Dyan Mckie.

The four new ‘Family Retreats’, based in Morocco, Turkey and England, will have groups spend time in one location in handpicked accommodation with nearby experiences.

This new tour style is intended to celebrate ‘slow travel’ and allow travellers to engage with surrounding communities away from the crowds and in a more controlled setting.

Each itinerary has been designed to benefit local communities affected by the pandemic, while providing activities for children and parents who have spent the majority of 2020 indoors due to the pandemic.

For example, in Turkey, families can visit a sea turtle rescue centre – supported in part by donations from Intrepid travellers – to learn about conservation efforts and rehabilitation.

In Morocco, they can break bread with a local Imazighen family in their village, getting an insight into daily life in the High Atlas region.

The news came after Intrepid kicked off its first Aussie tour since March, with nine travellers from Queensland and South Australia departed from Cairns on the company’s new five-day Daintree Retreat Tour.

In preparation for travel to resume, Intrepid recently introduced a new flexible bookings policy to make travellers feel at ease when booking their holidays, which permits changes to travel plans 21 days before a scheduled departure, allowing for new travel dates or an entirely different trip with no change fees.

Featured image source: iStock/AleksandarNakic

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