This might be the best IOU you’ve ever written. Travel company Intrepid is offering dream trips around the world for just a $1 deposit. Obviously you’ll have to pay the full amount later, but the insanely cheap deposit could help thousands of people pull the trigger on trips they otherwise couldn’t afford. The small-group trips include Russia, cycling through the French Alps, Northern Italy, a Botswana safari, Everest Base Camp, and many more. Over 100 countries are included in the offer.
The goal of the deal is to encourage travelers looking to book the trip of a lifetime regardless of their current financial situation. It’s also likely to motivate solo travelers to partake in group trips (there’s an average of 10 travelers per trip). The trips are all led by local guides to give visitors a more authentic experience. A vast range of trip styles is available, from a few days to a few weeks and from younger age groups (18-29) to family-themed trips.
Intrepid started in 1989 and now arranges travel packages for 100,000 people around the world every year. The company has more than 1,000 organized trips to locations on every continent. The focus on small groups keeps costs more manageable than if you were traveling solo and planning everything out yourself, but it also means you’ll be going on your adventure with strangers (although they’re probably like-minded strangers).
Keep in mind, however, that most trips cost between $1,000 and $3,000, and you’ll be expected to cough it up eventually. Regardless of your time of booking, you’ll be required to pay for trips in full 56 days before departure. If you book your trip within the 56 days, payment will be due upon the time of booking.