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Turn it off! Intrepid goes digital-free


Juliet Dennis juliet.dennis@travelweekly.co.uk


Intrepid is offering a range of technology-free trips to encourage holidaymakers to have a ‘digital detox’.


The adventure tour operator is


even asking holidaymakers to sign a pledge to take part in a digital detox challenge – committing to a trip free of Wi-Fi, mobile phones, laptops and cameras. Clients will, however, be able to


provide an email address to which their guide can send a daily update. Intrepid is offering four digital


detox itineraries, in India, Ecuador, Morocco and Thailand. The


from £515; and 10-day Highlights of Thailand tour from £1,035. The decision to launch the trips


SELFIE- ABSORBED: Many Brits admit to being addicted to their mobiles


one-off departures, from October, are based on its most popular tours. UK managing director Michael


Edwards said: “These are great trips for agents to sell to hyper- connected clients who want to leave behind their devices and


experience a destination for real, not from behind a camera.” The digital-free tours are: an


eight-day Ecuador on a Shoestring trip from £400; eight-day Golden Triangle itinerary from £465; nine- day North Morocco Adventure


follows a poll of 2,000 consumers by Intrepid, in which four out of 10 Brits said they had not ‘truly experienced’ significant moments, such as a child’s first steps, because technology got in the way. In the research, people admitted being addicted to their technology devices, with 19 hours being the average time adults say they can be parted from their mobile before feeling ‘miserable’. One-third (33%) said they


chose destinations because the photographs they took would


improve their social media profile. intrepidtravel.com


THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Travel agents visit Cairns and Melbourne on a fam trip organised by Travel 2 in


tandem with Qantas Airways. The seven agents were treated to the VIP trip as a thank you for their support of the operator. The agents are pictured with Andy Harris (second left), Travel 2.


Wendy Wu’s Big Asia Sale offers savings of £1,000 per couple


Wendy Wu Tours is offering savings of up to £1,000 per couple on departures as part of its Big Asia Sale. The savings are available on new bookings of fully escorted tours between June and December


28 travelweekly.co.uk 19 May 2016


2016 to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, India and Sri Lanka, based on twin-share accommodation. Tours included in the sale


include the 21-day Magnificent China trip, which costs £3,145, a saving of £500, and the 14-day Majestic Yangtze, which leads in at £2,545, a saving of £400. Prices include flights, transport, guides,


entrance fees, meals and visa costs. wendywutours.co.uk


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