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Thai islands are fun, Rome is beautiful and steeped in history, Copacabana beach is great but it’s all so well trodden. It smells of been there, done that. Don’t get me wrong, I love those places but sometimes we feel the need to go a little further, and I’m hoping some of you guys might wanna join me on this adventure….

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On November 28th this year (2014) I’m venturing to my final continent, Antarctica. It’s an 11 day trip, ending back in Argentina on the 8th December.

The company that I’ve chosen to go with are Chimu Adventures, they organize trips across the whole of Central and South America but they’re real Antarctica specialists. I’ve spent the last 2 months checking out all the operators running expeditions to Antarctica and finally I’ve found the right guys.

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The tour I’ve chosen is the Classic Antarctica, an 11 day trip leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina and passing through the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland islands.

It was a tough choice which expedition to choose based on how long/how much/activities you can do etc. But I’m 100% sure I’ve chosen the right one.

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I wanted to make sure I get to actually step foot on the continent, and of course you can do that here, but also you can do a few additional activities too. You can kayak through the polar waters, around icebergs and get up close with the wildlife AND you can camp on the ice overnight. Unreal!

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PRICE

Antarctica is expensive, that’s the cold, hard truth. But, in my opinion, you can’t put a price on an experience like this. As I mentioned, I searched long and hard for a ‘cheap’ price but an awesome trip. Initially all I could find were trips for $8k+ all the way to $15k and I was pretty disheartened. But luckily I stumbled across these guys, my trip starts at $4, 999 and a couple of hundred dollars extra for the kayaking and camping (definitely doing that!). Not cheap I know, but it’s Antarctica!! The money is an afterthought.

Camping in Antarctica
Camping in Antarctica

SHIP

The ship is the MS Expedition.  I guess I’ll be spending a fair amount of my time there, but there’s a library, gym, sauna and a fully stocked bar so it might be quite a fun time! All food is included too. Right now I’m going solo, there’ll be around 120 people on the ship but I’m hoping some of you guys might jump on the bandwagon with me?

It’s tough to find people to do something this crazy, expensive and exciting, but I know a lot of my readers are travel junkies, so if you’ve ever dreamt of a trip like this but none of your friends/family would ever take the plunge – take the plunge with me!

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The bar on the ship

The email I used to contact the guys was info@chimuadventure so feel free to drop them a line, or even better send me a message to johnny@onestep4ward.com or on my fanpage, facebook.com/onestep4ward and let me know you wanna come with me! I’m so excited, I feel like a kid again. For the first time in a long time, I’m filled with that true excitement like traveling for the first time. Roll of November and see you there! Happy travels.

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ADDED* Note guys: I just spoke to the company – the deposit is $1500 USD, with the balance due 3 months prior to departure. They accept payments with Euro, AUD, USD and GBP. I’m all done, now let’s do it!? And the CEO “would stress that cabins at the lower price are quite limited”!

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0 thoughts on “Traveling in Antarctica – Anyone Crazy Enough To Join Me?!

  1. I just saw that you mentioned the company you will be travelling with already, sorry about that question.

  2. Sounds amazing, I am sure it’ll be a trip of a lifetime. Is the trip offered by G Adventures? Unfortunately it is a bit too expensive at the moment as I am intending to travel along the chinese part of the Silk Road in fall, a trip which won’t be cheap either in regards to the trip plus international flights plus additional time in China before leaving Beijing westwards. Anyway, have fun, I am curious to read your posts about Antarctica.

  3. I was on this ship in 2012. We went just past the antarctic circle with ice camping included (very surprised how noisy the cracking ice is) Make sure you attend the daily lectures, I know that sounds like a geriatric cruise type thing to do but they are fascinating.

  4. I have to say that I’m jealous right now. This is a good trip, I wish I could this trip at least once in my lifetime.

  5. Oh how I wish I could join you but I reckon I will be back in Africa at that point (or potentially SE Asia). Can’t wait to read your posts though

  6. Definitely my fave destination! I’ll never let 2015 pass without visiting Antarctica. Thanks for info about the details of the trip going there. Good luck to your trip! Will be delighted to read your post about Antarctica.

  7. Johnny, I may be keen to join you on this! I just started my RTW trip a week ago and plan to do a year before ending up back in the states early 2015. South America was going to be in my plans for Nov-Dec time frame. My cousin went to Antartica a year ago and it was an epic trip. I’m gonna seriously try and work this into my plans!

  8. I have been wanting to do Antarctica for a while now… I need to save up for those prices. In the meantime, I can’t wait to read about your experience! Have a great trip Johnny! 😀

  9. Awesome. You got a great deal. I’d love to go some day – a once in a lifetime. So glad you bit the bullet! Will definitely be bookmarking this company! Cheers.

  10. This is amazing. If you asked is all in 5 years time I would have likely said yes but I’m not at that stage yet, feel like I am just at the beginning of my adventure! But thanks for this info, something I’ve always wanted to do and will do one day! :-). Can’t wait to see your photos.

  11. Sounds awesome and I am super jealous. But I will get there one day. Enjoy, look forward to posts when you return.

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