The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Photo Gallery: King Penguins of South Georgia

During my three week exploration of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica I often felt like I was participating in a wildlife documentary.  When we landed at Salisbury Plain, the second largest King Penguin Colony in South Georgia, the scene in front of me resembled the penguin version of a Where’s Wally picture and […]

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 […]

Photo Gallery: Seals of South Georgia

The majority of Antarctic itineraries head straight through the Drake Passage to the Peninsula, but I deliberately chose one that included South Georgia.  The ‘Galapagos of the South’ did not disappoint and in fact it exceeded all my expectations.  South Georgia possesses a wild, rugged and often inhospitable landscape and has a rich and interesting […]

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 […]

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands: A Sneak Preview

I am back on land after the most incredible three weeks exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. My head is overflowing with thoughts and memories but words currently escape me. Here is a sneak preview of the amazing wildlife and landscape that surrounded me. Many more photos to follow!!       Do […]