“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thinking about visiting Antartica?

You may have seen my photos or heard about my trip, or perhaps you just stumbled upon this page while surfing the internet. Yes, I have been to Antartica and I am not a scientist, famous explorer, biologist, penguinologist, geologist or any other profession most likely to get there. I am a teacher, and yes, I earn a teacher's salary, but it was my dream and so I made it possible.

You can book ahead through any big travel agent, or directly through the specialist companies that run the trips -- Quark is just one.

Or... you can just arrive in the place that most of the boats leave from: Ushuaia, Argentina, and ask around at the travel agencies to pick up a place left on a boat that's leaving in the following few days -- southern hemisphere summer, of course! Ships want to fill their empty berths, so 10 day cruises can go for around US$3500-4000 -- not cheap, of course, but when a balconied super suite can go for up to US$25000 it's a steal in comparison.

And don't ask about the polar bears -- there aren't any!

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