Believe it or not you can actually travel to Antarctica and with so much natural beauty it is understandable that people flock there every year. Can you imagine saying that you have been there? People will almost not believe you, but all bragging rights aside it will be truly something that you never forget. This article will talk a little bit more about getting that extra five percent from your trip to Antarctica, so read on to find out more.
Tailor your route
It’s important to give yourself some time to really visit, Antarctica is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you need to do it right. Most routes will be via cruise ship from Ushuaia in Argentina and you will travel across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and beyond. Do you want to bathe in the sea there (this is actually possible) or just see the wildlife? Take all these into account because some places are perfect for certain things, so it is of the utmost importance that you find a trip that will take you exactly where you want to go.
Take your time
When you travel to the end of the earth you probably will only have the chance to do it once. For everyone but South Americans it is incredibly far away and therefore it is ideal to really give yourself the time to explore everything. For most people a few weeks should certainly suffice, but this will vary from person to person and you should take as much time as you need.
There isn’t a better reason to have a good camera (or cameras for those photography junkies) than visiting Antarctica and getting some lifelong memories will surely be worth the cost of having a great camera for your trip. A pair of binoculars is also something that will be extremely useful, particularly for watching the beautiful wildlife in Antarctica, such as seals, penguins and whales. You really want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything at all and a good camera and binoculars are the perfect way to do this, so make sure they are at the top of your packing list.
Booking early is one of the best things to do and trust me, you don’t want to be scrambling to find a cruise ship to Antarctica. As strange as it may sound it is an incredibly popular destination and can sell out in peak seasons. This really is a place where you simply need to find your cruise and book it, there really is nothing more to it. You will not regret simply pulling the trigger and booking possibly the greatest holiday you will ever have
When to visit
The peak tourist season is during November to March and this also coincides with the warmest temperatures in Antarctica. Technically speaking it isn’t really possible to go at other times as the ice becomes so thick that exploring by ship is near impossible, also tour operators will naturally not run tours during this time for this reason.