Congratulations! You’ve decided to travel to Antarctica. Get ready to take an amazing trip to the end of the earth and see things that are unlike anything you’ve seen before, unless you have travelled to space. In which case, Antarctica will feel very familiar, but with more gravity!
Now that you know where you are headed, it’s time to figure out how you want to get there. With so many options, it is a good idea to approach the search strategically so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Here is a list of important questions to ask yourself as you begin to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
How many people do you wish to share the experience with? Not within your travel group, but within the greater trip itself. You can travel with 1,000 or more passengers, or you can journey with as few as 80-100. There are pros and cons to both. For starters, if you travel on a large ship, the ship will most likely feature deeper hulls and stabilizers which can really lessen the intensity of the Drake Passage. On the other hand, smaller ships can offer you more opportunities to go ashore, because you don’t have to alternate landings with hundreds of other people. Having a general idea of how many guests you want on your trip will help narrow down the options
Second:When do you want to go and what do you want to see? These two options go hand in hand. Granted, the season to visit Antarctica is limited to the Polar Regions “summer,” which runs from November-March. However within that window, you can see drastically different wildlife, ice formations and weather. Like the Galapagos, there is not a bad time to plan your visit, but there are times that you are more likely to see specific features. Think about what types of animal you want to see. Do you want to see Penguins? Great! Then any departure will be awesome! However, maybe you want to see penguin chicks on an Antarctic Peninsula trip. You will want to visit sometime after December. Be sure to share your goals with the consultants helping to plan your trip.
What do you want to do in Antarctica? Gone are the days where guests sit on a boat passively experiencing the remote whiteness and beauty of the southern-most continent. Operators are developing innovative itineraries that include, among other things, active options like kayaking, trekking, camping and even skiing! Plus, ships offer a wide-range of interesting and exciting activities on-board like photo symposiums, informative lectures, even wine-tasting. There are so many fun ways to experience Antarctica, that there is something for everyone in your travel group!
How long do you want to travel? Trips to the Antarctic can span from 10-days to one month or longer! When you are seeking answers for this question, bear in mind that it takes a longtime to get there from wherever you coming from between the travel and the passage through the Drake. However when you finally do arrive, it is worth it. So, make sure that you select an itinerary that will allow you ample time to explore this amazing place.
A visit to Antarctica is a life-changing adventure. Today’s voyages offer a wide range of exciting itineraries that are sure to enhance the way visitors experience the southern-most continent. Happy adventuring!