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10 of My Favorite Winter Experiences

FAVORITE WINTER EXPERIENCES

While writing my previous blog post (a guide on polar cruises), memories of my epic winter trips came flooding in. I recall the time I sat on the snow in Antarctica and watched one penguin after another waddle past me, that time I looked a polar bear in the eye when it was just a few […]

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Antarctica vs Arctic: How to Choose and Plan Your Polar Cruise

“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore.” So said Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed expedition to Antarctica and famously documented their experiences in his memoir The Worst Journey in the World. Thankfully, discovering the polar […]

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10 Places to See Before They Disappear

10 places to see before they disappear

The world is a beautiful place and it’s packed with a string of incredible natural attractions. Sadly, climate change and human activities are causing many of these places to disappear. Scientists are raising concerns that climate change is affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, islands, and glaciers, leading to potentially drastic changes. We’ve put together a list of 10 places […]

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10 of Our Best Wildlife Photos

A Silverback up close

s huge wildlife buffs, we love photographing animals in the wild. There’s something about capturing the raw spirit of an animal through body language. Seeing animals in the wild is a very moving experience and in today’s world, it’s sadly becoming more and more rare. We’ve been lucky enough to have had many intimate wildlife encounters […]

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Life on the Edge: The World’s Most Extreme Places

Pyongyang subway

Travel to me is about getting out of my comfort zone and exploring places that make me hold on to the edge of my seat. But these days, with travel getting more affordable and easily accessible, it’s getting harder and harder to find untouched destinations – places that remain relatively raw and untainted. That’s why […]

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Our Bucket List 2014

With 2014  already upon us, we found ourselves drawing a mental list of places we want to visit in the new year. There’s Cuba – a country we’ve been wanting to visit but still haven’t had the chance to. There’s Brazil – again we missed Carnaval this year. Oh and Papua New Guinea… and the […]

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15 Panoramas from Around the World

Expedition cruising in Antarctica

ertain landscapes are simply too vast and magnificent for a normal shot to do them justice and panoramic shots are the best way to capture the magnitude of a place in one shot. An extended frame tends to present a landscape at its best. Thanks to technology, you don’t have to be a professional photographer […]

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A Polar Plunge on Deception Island, Antarctica

the first brave soul to enter the water

Despite the chilly wind and -4 degrees Celsius temperature, I’m standing out in the open, with nothing but my bikini on. I’ve peeled off my parka, fleece, hat, socks and boots, and I’m bare feet on the black volcanic sand on Deception Island. Without much time to hesitate, I dive into the freezing waters hand-in-hand […]

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Ice on Fire — Sunset in Paradise Bay, Antarctica

sunset

There are so many things that make Antarctica unlike anywhere else in the world: its remoteness, its icebergs, impressive glaciers, rich wildlife, and its magnificent sunsets. On our Antarctica expedition, we were blessed with bright sunlight and spectacular sunsets almost everyday. The sun would set upon the horizon around midnight each day and light up […]

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Penguins, Seals and Whales: Wildlife in Antarctica

Observing the penguins at close proximity

Etched at the bottom of the world, Antarctica is as far south and remote as you can get. The seventh continent, as some call it, is covered in icebergs, glaciers, mountains and thick layers of snow.  At first glance, Antarctica appears vast and empty – with expansive ice fields stretching for miles without anything or […]

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10 Unusual Adventure Activities

Scooter riding in Saigon

The true adventurer never stops looking for new and exciting ways to discover a country; even on a second or third visit it’s possible to take part in an activity not previously experienced. And while it takes a lot to beat a canoe safari in Botswana, white water rafting in Iceland or shark cage diving in […]

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Kodak Moment: Cruising through Lemaire Channel in Antarctica

Cruising into Lemaire Channel

The bright sunshine bounced upon the glassy water surface, reflecting off all the white surrounding me –the white from the icebergs that floated past us, the white from the mammoth mountains that enveloped us and the white from the glaciers that slide off ice cliffs. It was a gorgeous morning, with the sun lighting up the […]

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My First Penguin Encounter: Danco Island, Antarctica

Gentoo colony

Flippers in the air, a group of penguins tobogganed down the icy slope like kids in a playground. “Weeeeee!” I could almost hear them cheer as they swooshed across my trail one after another. Once on land with their mates, they waddled clumsily back up to the top of the ridge again, for another round on the slope. I […]

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Crossing the Drake Passage to Antarctica: Sometimes Life Throws Us Surprises

My Antarctica expedition didn’t start the way I’d expected it to. There were no plates shattering, chairs flying across hallways, nor Titanic-like mayhem. There was not even a single dark cloud or gust of wind. Instead, bright sunshine, clear skies and a light breeze accompanied us throughout the Drake Passage. Albatrosses glided and swerved alongside our ship as we sailed the […]

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Antarctica in Photos: Icebergs, Glaciers and Penguins

Our first landing on Dangor Island

Ice in various shapes and shades of blue sparkle and shimmer under the midnight sun. A few crabeater seals and Gentoo penguins squawk and wiggle on the ice floes nearby, surrounded by water so crystal clear the reflection of the sun’s rays is almost blinding. It’s fiercely quiet; all we can hear are the crackling of the glaciers in […]

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