I visited Antarctica for the first time in February 2014. With this visit I have now travelled to all seven continents at least once. It was my travelling companion’s sixth continent. I wonder how often Antarctica is the seventh continent we visit?
Is there a lack of interest in travelling to Antarctica?
My suspicion is that Antarctica is the last continent most people visit and this isn’t because of a lack of interest in travelling there. For me as a nature lover and photographer my visit was fantastic. To wake up to landscapes like the following was truly inspiring.
Throughout my trip I felt very safe. I travelled with Quark Expeditions. From my reading and talking to other travellers and my travel agent, Quark has a good reputation and were a joy to travel with. Yes, there is the question of “will I be sea sick with that journey across the Drake Passage” but I would be surprised if that puts many off. Even during my night camping on the ice (more on this in a future post) I felt very safe. I wonder how many put the trip off because they feel it isn’t for them?
I live in New Zealand. I could have gone straight from Australia, New Zealand or South America to Antarctica but for me it came down to the amount of time I would be at sea and the most common route used. Therefore, South America became my point of departure. So, yes, it was a distance from home but with travel these days this was certainly not a problem as far as I was concerned.
Questions for you
- If you have been to Antarctica: When you visited Antarctica how many of the other six continents had you already visited?
- If you have not visited Antarctica: How many of the seven continents have you visited?
In future posts I will:
- summarise responses to the questions if there is sufficient interest
- provide more details on and photos from my trip to Antarctica.
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