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I would take a very confident guess that a trip to Antarctica is very high on a lot of bucket lists. Having been myself I can tell you that everyone should head to Antarctica at least once in their lifetime! If I’m honest, before I went on the cruise down there I didn’t realise just how special the expedition would be – I knew it was something that had to be done and I couldn’t miss out on but what I experienced blew my mind.

When people think about a holiday they want to relax, have fun, escape all the stress of everyday life and clear their mind. I can’t think of a more fitting place to visit that fulfils all those things than Antarctica. While it is still fresh in my mind I have made a list of 5 things to love about an Antarctica cruise.

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The Temperature

You might not think that I would put the temperature down as a reason to love your expedition, that’s because if you haven’t been you’d think the cold would be unbearable. Well I can tell you that the fresh crisp air and cold temperature you feel alive and your mind goes up a level. You need to bring along the right gear with you to make sure you’re not freezing, most people are surprised how quickly they adapt to the low temperatures. Once your time with a luxury expedition cruise company comes to an end you’ll already be missing that lovely chill.

The Adventure

When you head out on your expedition you know it’s an adventure you’re going on. You’re not heading down to the south pole to lounge on a beach drinking cocktails! On your adventure you will be exploring, hiking and kayaking in one of the most remote and least visited places on the planet. Everyone who has been, including myself, knows that this adventure will leave you with memories never to be forgotten.

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The Wildlife

Antarctica is an uninhabited place, so the wildlife there doesn’t need to worry about the effect of humans at all – this is especially true for the penguins you’ll see on your expedition, they haven’t had to deal with any danger when they’re on land so they are very curious indeed – so have your camera at the ready because the real life ‘Happy Feet’ are going to get super close! Of course the penguins are most peoples’ favourite, but you also get to see whales and seals, seeing them in their natural surroundings is awesome and just like watching Blue Planet in real life.

The Icebergs

Some of you may have been lucky enough to have see a real iceberg in the past, but I guarantee that you’ll never have seen anything like you do in Antarctica. As you get closer on your cruise to the south pole, you see how many icebergs there are, the different shapes and the fact that none are the same. It’s a stunning scene as you sail through the icebergs on either side of the ship.

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The History

You’re going to be part of history when you visit Antarctica. Due to its weather and the fact that it is a long way to travel, only a small number of people have ventured to the continent. So this holiday means you become part of the history of the continent. Usually when you go on a holiday, you’re seeing the sites that have been built hundreds of years before which millions of people have witnessed – well, here you’re in the story!

Have you been to Antarctica? If so, I would love to hear all about your experiences there and why you would recommend it. Just put your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for sharing guys!

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