Polar Travel in Pictures: #Arctic Ice

  If the polar bear is king of the Arctic, ice is it’s queen. Ice in the Arctic is part of a landscape that seems to have been created from a palette of blue and white hues.  It is part of a landscape that deafens you with its silence.  It is part of a landscape […]

Exploring the Arctic: 7 Wildlife Encounters

  Earlier this year I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region […]

Longyearbyen, Svalbard: First Impressions & 10 Random Facts

I take in a breath of fresh air and exhale a sigh of contentment, a sound that feels misplaced in this scene of contrast I find myself in. I walk on dry, green grass as I look up at snow-capped mountains.  I put on my sunglasses as I zip up my warm jacket.  My watch […]

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

(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 I be bored at sea? The Answer Not if you ‘embrace the boredom’ and take advantage of the on-board resources and activities offered. My Experience If you ask someone what frustrates […]

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

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 trip or you are a frequent traveller who only has one continent left on their bucket list. Whatever the reason, the decision has been made: Antarctica will be your next travel destination. Now what? […]

5 Reasons to Include South Georgia on Your Antarctica Travel Itinerary

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 trip or you are a frequent traveller who only has one continent left on their bucket list.  Whatever the reason, the decision has been made: Antarctica will be your next travel destination. Unless you […]

Antarctica: 10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Travel Experience

  A travel adventure to Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance and effort to get there keep it well and truly off the beaten track.  I had always dreamed of joining the small number of travellers who set foot on the world’s southernmost continent and I recently […]

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 […]

Antarctica: Embracing Boredom on the Scotia Sea

(this post was written on Sunday, 6 January 2013 on the second of three days at sea as we travelled from South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula) I am currently sitting in the warm and comfortable bar lounge on Deck 4 of the Ocean Diamond.  Twelve hours earlier I was perched at the bar with […]

Planning for Antarctica (Part 2): Where Am I Going?

Now in the final month of the countdown to my dream travel adventure to Antarctica, I continue sharing the planning phase (and my excitement) with you in my weekly post.  Part 1 began last week with answers to the most common questions I’ve been asked (and I’ve asked myself).  Part 2 explores where I will […]