If you’re anything like me, you’ve always been at least a little curious about what it would be like to visit the unmapped expanses of Antarctica. There’s something about its rugged landscape which puts me in mind of freedom.
The problem is that it’s not exactly the most hospitable place on earth, and so paying Antarctica a visit isn’t as easy as just going up to a travel agent and asking them what packages they have.
So what exactly do you need to know before we pay a visit to Antarctica? Let’s take a look.
Everything you need to know about visiting Antarctica
Pay attention to safety instructions
Visiting Antarctica isn’t like visiting a normal vacation spot. Your tour provider will almost certainly provide you with a set of safety instructions that you’ll need to follow to keep yourself safe and sound during the visit. It’s for your own good!
It’s easiest to take a cruise
Because of the inherent difficulties of visiting Antarctica, one of the best ways to see the continent is to take a cruise to the Antarctic. Conditions are much more controlled onboard a vessel, and it’s also much easier for you to arrange, too.
You could be in for some long flights
Something that people don’t always mention about visiting Antarctica is that it can often call for a lot of long flights as you head off to your departure point. Because of that, you’ll want to make sure that you pack with a long flight in mind so that you can be as comfortable as possible. You’ll probably want most of those home comforts on your cruise, too.
You can help to preserve the environment
Because Antarctica is such a beautifully preserved part of our planet, you’ll want to do your part to help to keep it the same for future generations. Luckily, there are plenty of environmentally-friendly tourism companies that serve Antarctica, and so you’re not going to struggle to find one to suit you.
You should book early
Booking early can help you to avoid disappointment, and it can also allow you to take advantage of special offers and discount pricing. This is important for any vacation, but if you’re planning on visiting Antarctica then it’s even more applicable. The earlier you can start to book things, the better. The last thing you want is to have to scrabble around for tour operators at the last minute.
Now that you know the essentials ahead of your visit to Antarctica, it’s time for you to start making plans for your visit. Remember, because it’s such an unusual destination, you can’t just expect your regular travel agent to be able to help out.
Instead, you need to plan out your itinerary and start reaching out to specialist providers so that you can pull an itinerary together. Before long, you’ll be ready to head off to Antarctica to see it up close and personal. Have a great vacation!