In Pictures: Antarctica, Patagonia, Iguazu, Ibera Wetlands and More

Today is my last day of a fantastic two months of travel: the wildlife of the Falkland Islands, the wildness of South Georgia, the magic of Antarctica, the beauty of Patagonia, the overcrowded natural wonder of Iguazu Falls and the tranquillity of Ibera wetlands. It has reminded me how fortunate I am to have been born […]

An Outdoor Theatre at West Point Island (The Falkland Islands)

In the northwest corner of the Falkland Islands, a dramatic wildlife story plays out amidst a spectacular backdrop of tussock grass and sea-facing cliffs. Welcome to the unofficial outdoor theatre of West Point Island.   West Point Island was the first landing of my travel expedition through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica last […]

#PenguinAwarenessDay: 10 Photos from Antarctica

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  Their lack of co-ordination is enough to melt the hardest of hearts.  The school yard antics they display with each other entertain children and adults alike.  And their tuxedo-like exterior contrasts perfectly with their waddling stride. When I told my family I was heading to Antarctica last […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Locations

It’s that time of year again!  Newspapers reflect on the “year that was”, magazines publish their “best of” lists and TV stations screen their annual “countdown” programs.  So I’m joining in with my Top 10 Locations of the year! As individuals, we inevitably reflect on the year gone by, celebrating our achievements and lamenting our […]

Travel Destination Comparison: Antarctica v Arctic

One of the things I love most about travel is its ability to eliminate the background and lifestyle differences that would normally prevent people’s paths from crossing.  Travellers are united by a common interest in the location they are visiting and a general sense of adventure. I felt this stronger on my Antarctica adventure than […]

FREE Wildlife Photography eBook (1st Birthday Giveaway)

This week Destination Unknown celebrates it’s first birthday!  And to mark the occasion, I’m offering all new subscribers a FREE Wildlife Photography eBook.  If you are a budding photographer, have been or are planning a trip to Antarctica or simply enjoy looking at cute (and sometimes not so cute) birds and animals, this is for […]

Antarctica FAQ: What Photography Equipment Should I Pack?

The Question: What photography equipment should I take to Antarctica? The Answer: This completely depends on the type of photographer you are, but take something!  Even if you don’t usually take photographs when you travel, you will find yourself constantly snapping away at wildlife and landscape that is difficulty to put into words.   Here are […]

Photos & Quiz: World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love penguins?  Me either! April 25 is World Penguin Day, so let’s celebrate these cute little creatures. What is your penguin personality?  Take this quiz over at The Pew Charitable Trust to find out!  By the way – apparently I am a Chinstrap! Here at Destination Unknown, I’m […]

Travel Ideas: R is for…Rockhopper Penguins (Falkland Islands)

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Through the Porthole: Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands

I was being rocked by the ocean like a baby in a cradle.  My thoughts were distorted as my dreams started to morph into reality.  I was comfortably drifting towards consciousness in that moment between sleep and wake that feels like minutes but is only seconds. And then I remembered where I was. I was […]

FAQ (Antarctica Travel): What Wildlife Will I See?

The Question What wildlife will I see? The Answer Wildlife spotting in Antarctica is a lottery.  There are no game park enclosures or zoos.  There are no park rangers waiting for a “release the whale for tourists” call.  There are no guarantees. And that’s what makes it so special. We are the visitors, on the […]

FAQ (Antarctica Travel): Will I Get Bored on the Ship?

(This is part of the FAQ section that answers the most commonly asked questions about travelling to Antarctica, based on my own experience as a passenger with Quark Expeditions in 2012/2013.  This post is based on my three-week journey on the Ocean Diamond which may include activities/resources not offered on other ships.) The Question Will […]

You’ve Decided to go to Antarctica: Now What?

(this is an extract of a guest post I recently published on the We Said Go Travel website.  You can read the full post and other great articles at We Said Go Travel here) It’s been a lifelong dream, you’ve been inspired by the BBC’s Frozen Planet, you’ve just seen a friend’s photos from their […]

Photo Gallery: The Rockhopper Penguin (Falkland Islands)

When I started telling people I was heading to Antarctica most replied with “but it’s so cold there” and “don’t get eaten by a polar bear”.  Once I explained (again) that there are no polar bears in the Southern Hemisphere, their attention usually moved on to penguins. Before I departed, my four year old nephew […]

Antarctica – South Georgia – Falkland Islands: “A Photographic Summary”

A travel experience in Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance and effort to get there keeps it well and truly off the beaten track.  I recently enjoyed a three week expedition cruise with Quark Expeditions aboard the Ocean Diamond, exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic […]

Travels to Antarctica-South Georgia-Falkland Islands (Part 1): “A Recap of the Falkland Islands “

I was fortunate to recently experience one of the most incredible travel experiences of my life on a three week expedition cruise of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  It’s difficult to do the continent justice with words and photographs but I’ve attempted to capture my experience in my “recap” series.   Day 1: […]

Photo Story: 10 Magical Moments in Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falkland Islands

“What was the highlight of your trip to Antarctica” is a common question asked by friends on the trip, at home and I’ve even asked it myself. And it’s impossible to answer.  My three-week adventure in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica was a collection of highlights, experienced in what felt like a magical […]