Antarctica. The final frontier. The most remote and difficult continent to visit. The ultimate travel adventure.
Although human beings have colonized most of the world, we have yet to permanently set up shop in Antarctica. This frozen continent is only accessible from November to March and it has no towns or villages – just a few odd expedition huts and research stations spread out across the icy wilderness.
However, although there are very few people in Antarctica, there are no shortage of living things. This continent is alive with wildlife and many species thrive here, including whales, seals, penguins, albatrosses and many more.
If you want to travel Antarctica it is not as easy as just catching a train or a cheap flight. You’ll need to embark on one of the Antarctica cruises that will take you on a thrilling expedition into this icy world. As soon as you step foot on the continent of Antarctica, you will be left awestruck by the building-sized icebergs, the craggy mountains, the blinding white expanses of ice and snow and the incredible blue of the sky. It’s incredibly quiet and peaceful and the air smells more pure than anywhere else in the world.
If you are planning to travel Antarctica, the best way to research this destination before you go is to read the blogs of travelers who have actually been there.
I love doing this, as these bloggers are sharing their real experiences. They will be able to offer you first-hand travel stories that will inspire you and allow you to anticipate what your experience will be like. They will also be able to offer priceless advice from their own experience that you can use for your Antarctica trip.
So, here are some fantastic bloggers that you should start following right now if you are planning to travel Antarctica.
Want to Travel Antarctica? These Bloggers Show You How
Nellie from WildJunket
Nellie Huang is a passionate travel writer and her blog, WildJunket, is an excellent travel resource. I highly recommend you follow it if you haven’t already.
Nellie has written a lot about her adventures in Antarctica. She took a freezing polar plunge, went penguin spotting, sailed through the Drake Passage and went on a cruise through Lemaire Channel – one of the most photogenic parts of Antarctica.
Nellie’s great well-written posts will give you more of an idea of what to expect when you travel to Antarctica… and her gorgeous photos will get you excited for the trip.
Megan from Mapping Megan
Megan is an Australian journalist who has been traveling the world for several years with her American husband Mike, a photographer. Megan’s blog is awesome and she has a ton of great Antarctica content to read before your trip. She says that even though many people rave about Antarctica, it was actually better than she expected. “It is one of the rare destinations which actually exceeds and surpasses the hype.”
It’s obvious that Megan loved Antarctica – she writes about it with a lot of passion and excitement. She offers some very useful tips for travel in Antarctica. She has also created a guide to the Must-Do Activities in Antarctica, such as kayaking, wildlife watching, camping, photography, snowshoeing and more.
Plus, before your Antarctica trip you should also read her guide The Best Way to Start Planning an Antarctica Trip – which contains advice on what clothing to wear, how to deal with seasickness and more.
Alesha and Jarryd from NOMADasaurus
Alesha and Jarryd are travel writers and photographers who have been traveling around the world together since 2008. Their travel blog is incredibly inspiring and is packed with great posts. They were just in Antarctica earlier in 2017, so they can tell you first-hand what it was like
If you are interested in adventure travel experiences on your Antarctica trip, you can read about their adventures kayaking at Cierva Cove on the Antarctic Peninsula. They even went camping in Antarctica and had vodka shots in the southernmost bar in the world, an active research base. Here is a link to all of their Antarctica blog posts, so that you can read up before your trip!
Tracie from Tracie Travels
Tracie and her friend Jen want on an exciting journey to travel Antarctica and wrote a great blog post with some truly stunning photos. They did the journey via cruise ship, so you can get an idea of what kinds of views are possible from the decks of the ship. They were even lucky enough to see some whale pods and even some whales mating.
Tracie’s photos are simply gorgeous and they will really stir your excitement for your Antarctica trip. Tracie also wrote a guest post over on Mapping Megan about how she got a cruise ship job that allowed her to get paid to travel to Antarctica.
Matt from A Luxury Travel Blog
In this post 8 Exciting Ways an Antarctica Cruise Might Change Your Life, Matt Schwachofer explains why the Antarctic continent is unlike any other travel destination:
“Maybe it’s the unique wildlife, perhaps it’s the knowledge that you are days away from anything resembling civilization… whatever the cause, visiting the Antarctic is a bit like blasting off for a whole other world.”
In another blog, 9 Interesting Facts about Antarctica, he explains that this travel destination has a portion of every single time zone in the world. However, this means that time zones are a bit useless anyway. After all, the summer and winter seasons are either dark or light all day, so it doesn’t really matter what time it is!
Dave and Deb from ThePlanetD
Dave and Deb are impressive travelers and bloggers. A Canadian couple, they began traveling in 2007 and these days their blog is one of the biggest in the travel niche. They are very, very inspiring and anytime you are heading anywhere, I highly recommend reading any blog posts they have published about the destination.
So, of course Dave and Deb have been to Antarctica and they have written some really inspiring and helpful stuff about it. Here are a few of their best Antarctica posts:
Follow these bloggers before you go to Antarctica.
I truly believe that reading blogs by travelers who have actually been there is one of the best ways to get an impression of what a destination will be like – especially for somewhere like Antarctica which is so far off the beaten path.
These are some great examples from travel bloggers who have really traveled to Antarctica and have written about their experiences there. Follow them, read their posts and even try reaching out to them on social media if you have specific questions – you can really learn a lot that will help you prepare for your trip!