Antarctica! The forgotten continent. The land even further down under than Australia where the penguins and polar bears roam free.
I had first heard about Intrepid Travel through a representative at Meet Plan Chicago back in October 2011, and at the time, I couldn’t figure out how they were different from G Adventures. After flipping through their guide book, I realized their trips were more affordable, and there is a local culture aspect intertwined with their itineraries. Needless to say, Intrepid Travel has really won me over, and if I could go on every single trip they offer, I would.
Just recently, I expressed my excitement about the possibility of visiting the arctic with G Adventures some day, and so I figured that if I ever made it to the North Pole, I’d have to visit the South Pole too. Well, as it turns out, I’ve got my eye on Intrepid’s “Antarctic Explorer” trip that includes 11 days aboard a cruise ship that departs from the southernmost tip of Argentina, Ushuaia, otherwise known as “the end of the world”. It sails through the Drake passage and along the border of one tiny sliver of Antarctica. Talk about being far away from human civilization and cell phone service and the mother of all trips to strengthen your sea legs and fight sea sickness head on.
According to Intrepid Travel’s itinerary for this trip, its says to “expect the unexpected, and be ready to disembark in order to meet the local penguins, or maybe go for a ‘polar plunge’ in the icy waters of Neko Harbour.” It also says to be prepared for any kind of weather conditions, but serenity and the beautiful wildlife to be encountered far surpasses any kind of rough terrain.
As a realistic goal, I cannot wait to go!
Ideal Location: Antarctica
Projected Price: $6000 USD
Actual Price: TBD
Date Completed: TBD
Every Monday, I will reveal one thing on my bucket list that I hope to accomplish one day (get it?), and hopefully, you’ll feel inspired to share one item on yours. Let’s share dreams and encourage each other to cross one off as frequently as possible.