Travel Photo of the Week: King Penguin Colony for #WorldWildlifeDay

This week’s travel photo is from St Andrew’s Bay in South Georgia, home to the island’s largest king penguin colony and one of the most incredible wildlife sights I’ve ever had the privilege of enjoying.    And as it’s World Wildlife Day, I’ve included a second view of this incredible colony – because let’s be […]

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 […]

Photo of the Week: King Penguin Colony, South Georgia

To be a Professional Career Breaker (my new self-appointed title!), you sometimes need to return to the career.  This week I found myself back in the office starting a new contract, a bitter pill to swallow after six incredible months of travel. But instead of viewing it as “first day of a new job”, I […]

Photo of the Week: Play Time – Elephant Seals, South Georgia

It’s nearly the weekend! And after returning to work today after six months of weekdays and weekends feeling the same, I am already looking forward to it! I’m also heading to the launch of the ZSL London Zoo Wildlife Photography Exhibition – so this feels an appropriate Photo of the Week, celebrating the amazing wildlife […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 of the Week: King Penguin Version of ‘Where’s Wally’

This week’s photo was taken on my recent journey to Falklands-South Georgia-Antarctica and reminds me of a Where’s Wally game.  Salisbury Plains is home to the second largest King Penguin colony in South Georgia and includes an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs.  In 1912 only 350 breeding pairs were counted – these penguins have been busy! […]