Luxury Bound loves creating memorable bucket list journeys that will last a lifetime – just like Suzy’s recent trip to Antarctica. Suzy jumped at the opportunity to join a friend travelling to Antarctica to see incredible wildlife up close and experience the serene, unspoilt environment – one that few travellers get to explore.
Dreaming of new adventures is in my DNA, yet I feel a little anxious about creating a bucket list. What if I become so fixated on my list that I forgo the chance to jump at amazing travel opportunities when they present themselves?
Take my last year of travel. Having just returned from an incredible trek in the Kimberley a friend announced she was heading off to Antarctica. “Antarctica!!!” I said, “Why the hell aren’t you taking me?” The absolute excitement about this random opportunity for adventure took over.
It’s worth mentioning at this point that I get terrible motion sickness, I only need to be car buddy rather than driver to feel nauseous. I vomited all the way from Dover to Calais, in fact I can get sea sick on the Manly ferry. So, how was I going to handle a sea expedition to Antarctica? Get Caroline to make my booking, then take the challenge.
After securing my cabin I spent the next eight weeks learning all about motion sickness and devising ways to combat it. I trained for it, tested assumptions and trained some more. And it worked. Twelve days at sea and not one day wasted in bed!!
I was so fixated on Antarctica I barely noticed our journey took us via South America. First stop Santiago, Chile, then on to Argentina before joining our expedition team in Tierra del Fiego.
People are fascinated by my experience of Antarctica and ask me to describe what it’s like. I can never do it justice but talk about it in three broad categories:
Sensory – Our senses are inundated and overwhelmed every moment of every day but we just don’t know it. Go to Antarctica and you’ll experience the most beautiful nothingness. It’s restful and restorative because each of our senses gets a well-deserved holiday. No visual pollution, noise pollution or garbage pollution. Absolute pristine nothingness. It’s extraordinary.
The Landscape – Eerie, silent, spectacular, funny, inspiring. Icebergs and ocean, sunlight and snow, contrasts that will have you staring out to sea for hours on end. And then there were penguins. It was like living in my own cartoon – one solo penguin perched atop a gigantic iceberg, hundreds of penguins waddling down the penguin highway. Or watching the shenanigans and thievery of penguin life.
Changing Weather – The weather in Antarctica is unpredictable and, as a result, the itinerary is flexible to allow the captain to take the safest and calmest route for passengers. As a traveller, it can be daunting to not know all the details, but be assured you are guaranteed to be amazed with everything you see.
If I use the wisdom of David Attenborough, he describes Antarctica perfectly: “At a time when it’s possible for thirty people to stand on the top of Everest in one day, Antarctica still remains a remote, lonely and desolate continent. A place where it’s possible to see the splendors and immensities of the natural world at its most dramatic and, what’s more, witness them almost exactly as they were, long, long before human beings ever arrived on the surface of this planet. Long may it remain so.”
My Antarctica Highlights:
• Kayaking – a perfect way to see icebergs and wildlife up close
• The Polar Plunge – taking a swim in the freezing Antarctic waters, but not for the faint hearted
• Sipping champagne on the balcony of my suite as icebergs the size of a 10-storey building floated by. Incredible!
Start planning your 2019 travel now with Luxury Bound. Share your ideal travel bucket list destination with Caroline and, as your personal travel advisor, she’ll create a bespoke travel experience just for you.