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The Ultimate Travel Destination: Antarctica

 

When we look for a holiday we naturally look for a number of things like the experience, location and the adventure rating of it. When it comes to this combination there is one place that sticks out for me and that place is a little unexpected: Antarctica. You are probably even wondering how to travel to Antarctica in the first place! For me it is the place that does it all (aside from warm temperatures) in terms of the ultimate holiday destination. I thought that writing about it would be the best way to convince you, so here are some reasons why I think Antarctica is the ultimate travel destination.

It’s isolated

One of the greatest parts about Antarctica is the fact that it is totally isolated from the rest of the world, not just geographically, but seasonally too. It is quite literally the end of the earth and you can only visit during the summer months of November to March. Apart from this there is total darkness there and the ice thickens to the point that no ships could possibly pass through it. Isolation is great because you don’t have to fight to see everything. Think about seeing the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, it is you and hundreds of other tourists trying to fighting it out to get a glimpse. In Antarctica you can stand there and admire the beauty for as long as you want. There are also over 20 hours of sun each day, so this also means that you can’t miss a thing.

The sense of adventure

Another great advantage of Antarctica is the sense of adventure that you feel from being there. When you considering how to travel to Antarctica you can take a cruise ship from South America across the Drake Passage and then onto Antarctica, which is a journey in itself. It has been described as one of the roughest stretches of water in the entire world. Aside from this the adventures of Antarctica come from things like zodiac boat tours, kayaking and even swimming. The rush that you get there doing these things is second to none.

The history

I love that you can follow in the footsteps of the great Antarctic explorers like Shackleton, Mawson and Scott. You can visit the places that they did (aside from the South Pole of course) and feel the sense of adventure  and purpose that they did when they raced to reach the South Pole. There are many sites that have a significant meaning to these explorers too, in particular the South Shetland Islands. For example, Ernest Shackleton was actually stranded on Elephant Island for over 100 days!

The weather

Many people may try to argue that the temperatures are far too cold in Antarctica, but the reality is that you are going in the summer months and it is not as cold as you think. The cold also is what makes Antarctica totally unique with all the ice everywhere. The cold is your friend in this instance and you don’t have to feel uncomfortable because of it if you are adequately prepared.