Diving in Cozumel is right up there as one of the world’s great scuba experiences and it’s been on our bucket list for about as long as we’ve been certified divers. In this post, we finally get beneath the waves of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, just off Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
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You’ve been dreaming about making the trip to Antarctica for years, and now it’s finally going to happen. So where do you start? How do you pick a cruise from the dozens of companies that travel to Antarctica each season?
It goes without saying that for most of us, cost is the number one consideration when it comes to choosing an Antarctica cruise. When you’re spending a small fortune to start with, you want to make sure it’s a trip you remember forever – for the right reasons.
We invested a lot of time researching cruise options for our trip to Antarctica earlier this year. In this post, we focus on eight major considerations for choosing the best Antarctica cruise for you.
From incredible and unexpected landscapes, magical icebergs and powerful glaciers to vast skies, up-close wildlife encounters and a beauty so pristine it makes your eyes water, Antarctica is a land beyond compare.
But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve trawled through our trip pics and pulled together 30 photos of Antarctica that show why this incredible destination should be at the top of your bucket list, and why it’s hands down the coolest place on Earth.
For two days we’ve travelled across an ocean with no land in sight. It’s the longest sea voyage we’ve ever embarked on.
I’ve been scanning the horizon for hours, watching for a break in the relentlessly flat skyline. Suddenly, forms start to take shape: icebergs, the advance guard that heralds our proximity to one of nature’s true unspoilt wildernesses.
Thinking about visiting Antarctica but wondering where to start? We’ve compiled all the questions we had and more about making the big decision to travel to this incredible continent.
Making the commitment to visit Antarctica is a huge decision. If you’re in two minds about whether to take the polar plunge, we’ve put together 10 reasons why Antarctica should be at the top of your bucket list.
If Havana epitomises the vibrant, colourful, rumba-thumping, Caribbean heart of Cuba, then surely Viñales must be its earthy, laid back, rural soul.
Set amidst the World Heritage-listed Valle de Viñales, the village feels a world away from its metropolitan cousin, with a frozen-in-time feeling that suits a pace of life somewhat less frenetic.
Imagine cowboys riding down the main street, horses and carts loaded with fresh produce, country folk rocking in wooden chairs on the porches of colourful houses, and the barnyard scent of the world’s best cigars wafting through the early evening air.
It’s impossible not to be captivated by the idea of Iceland. A mystical island of icy glaciers and fiery volcanoes where Vikings once roamed; a place where the sun shines all night in summer, and strange lights dance across the night sky in winter.
So when to go, summer or winter? Time of year has a huge impact on any visit to Iceland. We opted for winter for a couple of reasons: we wanted to see the island in its icy splendour and we were hoping to glimpse the northern lights; we also wanted to avoid the high season crowds and costs.
Our guide is knee-deep in the snow of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in Iceland’s south, scraping the ice around him into a large mound. “Do you know where Iceland’s biggest volcano is?” he asks. People in our group, stark against the white backdrop in fluorescent orange boiler suits, point in various directions. “Actually,” he stabs his finger into the centre of the icy mound, “you’re standing on it.”
A narrow stream of crystal clear water gushes past our feet and disappears into the half-moon opening of the ice cave nearby. ‘Can I drink this?,’ I ask our guide. ‘Of course,’ he beams. ‘You can drink the water anywhere in Iceland. Except if you see a horse pissing in it. Then just make sure you drink upstream’.
The earthy humour is a welcome dose of reality given our fantastical surroundings. All around us, walls of crystalline ice soar into the air, twinkling a thousand shades of blue. Overhead, a huge arc of ice drips a steady rain onto the rocks below while the melting glacier above feeds the rushing cascade with freshly-melted, thousand-year-old water.
In the playground of the world’s geology, Iceland is a toddler: a mere 16 million years young and a bundle of energy and volatility, still prone to sudden, fiery tantrums and intense growth spurts. It makes for an ever-changing landscape of drama and awe, even moreso when the days begin to shorten and the winter closes in.