Below is a collection of travel articles written either by ExpeditionTrips staff or expedition travel experts in the field.


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So extreme and remote, Antarctica barely feels like it’s part of Earth at all, and it’s that very otherworldliness that appeals to the adventurous souls who come here. Painted in shades of white and blue, the landscape is as beautiful as it is forbidding: monstrous glaciers, saw-toothed mountains, colossal icebergs, and fields of ice that stretch on forever. One of the most exciting parts of any expedition is getting up close and personal with your surroundings. Aboard the MS Expedition, you'll enjoy daily zodiac adventures, or opt to add one of the kayaking or camping adventure options available on select departures.

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Our collection of 2015-2016 voyages to the White Continent has something for everyone! Exciting new options include a long-awaited fly/sail itinerary to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia, paddleboarding as an adventure option, and the debut of the expedition vessel Ocean Endeavour. Whether you dream of celebrating the holidays among dramatic icescapes with marching penguins, spotting a seal basking in the sun as you glide through serene waters, or enjoying a massage after an invigorating yoga session, your perfect Antarctica trip awaits.

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Kayaking in Antarctica

Sherry Ott

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Gain a new perspective, experience the profound silence and feel at one with your environment while paddling through the crystal clear waters. Get close to the shores and cliffs; observe wildlife, from penguins and seals, to whales, up close and personal. Travel Blogger Sherry Ott recounts her experience of kayaking in Antarctica and explains why it's one of her favorite things about her Antarctic cruise. Sherry explains why travelers to Antarctica will enjoy this amazing experience.

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A small ship cruise to Antarctica is unlike any other travel experience, akin to visiting another planet. And the expedition team you travel with is just as important as the destination in creating a unique and memorable trip of a lifetime. Susan Adie, Expedition Leader of the MS Expedition, shares what makes the crew of the Expedition so special, as well as unforgettable moments from her Antarctica travels.

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ExpeditionTrips' Betsy Forbes has had the opportunity to kayak around the globe; the bays and inlets of Puget Sound, aboard small ship cruises to Alaska and Baja, and, most recently, in Antarctica. She reflects on her adventures and shares the special experiences she gained while kayaking in various destinations.

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Congratulations to the Bergalia Boys who successfully completed their epic Circle to Circle trip! Their journey grew from an anticipated 28,000 miles to a final tally of 42,000 miles. Before their grand finale of an Antarctic Circle Crossing, we caught up with them to hear about their eight months of life on the road.

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Antarctic Air-Cruise Option

Amelia Tockston

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Occasionally, we have been asked if there is a way to visit Antarctica without cruising through the Drake Passage. Over the past three years, we have observed a new company that pairs air and expedition travel to Antarctica. While flying to Antarctica can present its own challenges, this newer option of flying and cruising is the right match for some.

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The serene silence while kayaking amongst whales, the spectacular breach of a massive humpback, the rare sight of a white penguin chick, colossal prismatic ice and so much more have made this an exceptional season to visit the White Continent. Expedition leaders and guests share some of their favorite moments from the 2013/14 season.

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Career Breaker Sherry Ott Heads to Antarctica

Amelia Tockston & Janna Wemmer

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ExpeditionTrips is proud to co-sponsor career break guru Sherry Ott on her next adventure Antarctica (her 7th continent) alongside her 76 year-old father. As co-founder of career break movement Meet, Plan, Go and creator of popular travel blog Ottsworld, Sherry’s mission is to see the words “career break” listed on every resume...

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From discovering thousands of king penguins to meeting the love of his life, ExpeditionTrips' traveler, Giovanni Savaglio, learned on his Antarctic trip that the "unexpected is part of polar travel." Now, Giovanni's passion for polar adventure is about to take him on an expedition to the top of the world!

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Have Fun with Your Antarctic Gear!

April Petersen

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Packing the proper items for your trip to Antarctica is an essential and a potentially fun part of preparing for your trip! There are some Antarctic must-haves on the list which also allow you the opportunity to bring your own personality to your Antarctic apparel.

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We're pleased to announce a new partnership with the "great adventure people" at G Adventures, offering a fantastic line-up of polar adventures! Travelers aboard the sleek 126-passenger Expedition will have opportunities to overnight at an unrivaled campsite on the Antarctic Peninsula and experience the Arctic from the unique vantage point of a kayak.

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Tips for Stress Free Travel

Beth Mercier

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Travel can be entertaining, relaxing and awe-inspiring. Whether traveling to the sandy beaches of the Galapagos Islands, the beautiful frozen icebergs of Antarctica, or anywhere in between, the potential for stress is present. Travel Expert, Beth Mercier, has compiled a list of helpful tips to help reduce stress and have the best trip possible while traveling in 2013.

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Kevin Clement: The World of Ice

Kevin Clement

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Not all ice is the same! Learn from a true expert the differences between Glacier and Sea Ice and why Antarctica is the best place to appreciate the beauty and significance they both hold for our planet.

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Special Interest Antarctic Voyages

Jennie Drazan

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Whether it's waking to the sounds of penguin calls while camping on the Antarctic Peninsula, kayaking among colossal towers of ice, celebrating the holidays among amazing surroundings, or learning from experts like penguinologist Dr. Tom Hart, our exciting collection of special interest voyages to the White Continent are sure to inspire.

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Land of the Midnight Sun: Svalbard

Shelley Fry

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The main draw to Svalbard is the elusive polar bear. While the worldwide population of polar bears is alarmingly vulnerable, this remote archipelago remains a good place for sightings, since nearly 65% of the land in Svalbard is protected. Arctic Specialist, Shelley Fry, answers some commonly asked questions about trips to Arctic Norway.

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An expedition to the Arctic reveals a land of incredible scenery, impressive displays of nature, and wildlife in great abundance. ET's Lori Gifford discusses new and exciting expeditions to discover this dramatic land of extremes. Plus, the 2012 season features activity options, such as snowshoeing, hiking, and even a hot air balloon flight.

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Favorite Arctic Expeditions

Shelley Fry

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The Arctic is a spectacular region with a variety of destinations and experiences, from the geologic wonderland of Iceland to the marine life rich Canadian High Arctic. Learn more about these amazing places and why they're some of our favorite destinations.

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Amazing Arctic Wildlife

Amanda Hagar

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The Arctic is a land of extremes, seemingly uninhabitable. Yet this vast frozen landscape and frigid waters are home to a remarkable assortment of amazing creatures, from polar bears to narwhals.

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Face to Face with a Polar Bear

Ashton Palmer

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Seeing a polar bear up close is one of life's greatest thrills. Few animals on our planet command such respect and reverence for their beauty, strength, and power. Encountering one of these graceful creatures while they roam quietly across the sea ice and on land throughout the Arctic is an experience that takes your breath away.

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Tim Soper: Circumnavigation of Newfoundland

Tim Soper, Expedition Leader

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A visit to Newfoundland boasts fantastic vistas, profuse wildlife, a journey into history, and encounters with a vibrant contemporary culture. Expedition Leader, Tim Soper, shares his adventures on the inaugural Circumnavigation of Newfoundland expedition.

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Reflections from Life at 90° North

Amelia Tockston & Leslie Holgate

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ExpeditionTrips’ traveler Giovanni Savaglio has traveled the world from top to bottom: first as a passenger on an Antarctic cruise in 2002 and most recently as the official blogger on a North Pole expedition. We recently caught back up with Giovanni to hear his perspectives after experiencing polar travels on both ends of the earth.

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ET’s President Ashton Palmer recently returned from two and a half weeks exploring the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador with his wife and four small children. Read Ashton's travel highlights and Top 10 tips for traveling with kids in the Galapagos Islands.

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ET News – Summer 2014

Jennie Drazan

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We had an amazing summer here at ET—from hiking the Inca Trail to experiencing the culinary wonders of Sicily, and from an amazing triathlon finish to welcoming a 16th member to our crew! And now as the leaves begin to display their brilliant autumn colors, we reminisce fondly about our beautiful summer filled with international exploration, Pacific Northwest adventures, 4th of July family gatherings, beach combing and island getaways.

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Sail Aboard the Silver Galapagos

Jennie Drazan

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Immerse yourself in the extraordinary and come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating islands and awe-inspiring wildlife while exploring the Galapagos Islands aboard the Silver Galapagos.

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The ExpeditionTrips team members are passionate about travel and providing you with expert knowledge to help you find, research and book the very best expeditions by land and sea to Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic, Alaska and beyond. And in the coming months, several ET crew members are heading into the field, searching for more great experiences and bringing back a wealth of knowledge as we explore our little blue dot, from Galapagos to Kilimanjaro.

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Experience one of the planet's greatest natural treasures aboard one of the best small ships in the Galapagos Islands. The 48-passenger Eclipse offers a wonderful combination of space, elegance, quality, and attention to detail.

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Flavors of Ecuador

Amanda Gerardo

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ET's Amanda Gerardo brings the delicious cuisine of Ecuador home through her re-creation of a local favorite. "It was love at first bite when I tasted my first spoonful of Locro de Papas, a traditional potato stew anchored by a generous hunk of cheese and littered with avocado…" writes Amanda.

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The enchanted Galapagos Islands continue to be one of the best family adventures out there. While all of the ships we promote are great options, there remain a few I consider more suitable for families. Or, if you want to leave your sea legs at home, you might consider a lodge-based adventure.

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Galapagos In Style - Aboard the G8

Jennie Drazan

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Explore in modern comfort on the G8 catamaran. Families will delight in the unforgettable adventures they will share with their children. Getting up close and personal with sea lions, giant tortoises and marine iguanas will surely remain a memory forever.

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Galapagos Wildlife List

Joy Martinello

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Many Galapagos ships offer more than one itinerary and each one travels to a different set of islands. Find out how to select the very best itinerary to make sure you'll see the animals you’ve read and heard about.

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The Galapagos Islands are one of those rare places in the world where nature presents itself at its finest. You get to see how nature has evolved without the influence of man and witness the playful characteristics of the unique species that inhabit these remote and well-preserved islands. And when you're exploring an otherworldly destination like this, it's important to know that you've got all the things you'll need to enjoy yourself while you're there.

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Hiking Peru's Inca Trail

Amanda Hagar

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Peru is an oft overlooked expedition travel destination that offers fascinating ancient and modern culture, amazing history, biodiversity, and more. The destination has numerous activities and draws, including the unparalleled Inca Trail.

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In Pursuit of Pura Vida

Joy Martinello

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While scouting out spectacular new experiences to share with you, Program Manager Joy Martinello trekked through Costa Rica, exploring the exceptional wildlife, breathtaking scenery, exquisite art, and distinctive culture of this unique destination. Lush forests abundant in wildlife from monkeys to rare birds, dramatic volcano views, and endless adventure—river rafting to hiking the hanging bridges of the canopy—await those who venture here.

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Whether it's a milestone celebration, an annual spring or summer break or a just-because trip, travel can bring the entire family together. Your vacation can be transformed into a world classroom with first-hand lessons on wildlife, history and culture and the multitude of activities available allow family members of all ages to come together.

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Prior to founding ExpeditionTrips in 1999, ExpeditionTrips' President, Ashton Palmer, worked as an Expedition Leader in the Amazon Basin. Ashton shares his insight into cruising this extraordinary river and shares the highlights of an exciting program now available aboard the Delfin II. Explore the narrow tributaries, see the myriad of colorful birds and mammals, learn about the amazing biodiversity, and discover the fascinating treasures of the rainforest, and Ashton's favorite stretch of the river, the Upper Amazon.

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Take a peek into a typical day of adventure aboard the Delfin II. Spot monkeys and a myriad of bird species, explore remote tributaries by kayak and skiff, and learn about the life of the locals. On these trips, you're an active explorer!

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Exploring the Mighty Amazon

Amelia Tockston

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Whether you're looking for an ecologically-responsible jungle lodge to explore the rainforest from or a riverboat expedition to take you into remote tributaries and isolated communities, the Amazon offers an unequaled combination of nature and culture.

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Antarctica via Easter Island!

Amanda Gerardo

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Now you can visit the remote UNESCO World Heritage site of "Rapa Nui" (Easter Island) en route to Antarctica. Renowned for its 887 prehistoric monumental statues, Easter Island offers you the perfect dose of culture before you're submerged in the natural history, abounding wildlife and frozen landscapes of our southern-most continent.

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The Alaska of Your Dreams

Shelley Fry

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How would you describe the Alaska of your dreams? You may envision massive glaciers that sparkle and calve, towering emerald forests surrounding quiet inlets, or a bounty of wildlife that surprises you at every turn... there's just no denying that Alaska will take your breath away!

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Adventure Ships Return to Alaska!

Amelia Tockston

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Sister ships Wilderness Adventurer and Wilderness Discoverer offer excursions in Alaska to suit every activity level: Kayak, hike, explore by Zodiac daily, and choose from optional excursions such as float plane tours. Such a multitude of activities guarantees a personal, in-depth wildlife experience.

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National Geographic's "Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips" is the perfect inspiration for choosing the ultimate destination for your next adventure. Whether you dream of exploring the wilds of Patagonia or cruising the pristine waters of New Zealand's Milford Sound, this book has it all, and we've narrowed it down to our top six picks.

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Advice, assistance and tips from the pros in the field—where it counts! National Geographic Photographer, Kim Heacox, sent this Daily Expedition Report from Alaska on May 18, 2010. Heacox was traveling aboard National Geographic Sea Lion as the resident photographer, giving photo tips and coaching his expedition companions to take their best shots.

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Surprising Alaska

Joy Martinello

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When planning for your next adventure, have you considered a trip to Alaska? From kayaking amongst waterfalls and beautiful blue icebergs, to viewing the amazing wildlife such as whales, bears and soaring eagles, Travel Expert, Joy Martinello, discusses options to consider when planning your next getaway.

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The Many Faces of Alaska

Leslie Holgate

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The mention of Alaska often conjures up images of calving glaciers, beaching whales and soaring bald eagles. However, Alaska's history and rich culture equally fascinate. Visitors can learn about totem-carving techniques, celebrate Norwegian traditions, and visit the last remaining structures of Russian colonial architecture in North America.

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Favorite Trips of the Experts

Jessica Apfel, Lorraine Chachere, Joshua Logan, Beth Mercier & Shelley Fry

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With over 375 expeditions worldwide, the possibilities for the trip of a lifetime are numerous. The specialists at ExpeditionTrips have plenty of travel experience to help plan the perfect trip for you. We asked the travel experts where they would go for their trip of a lifetime. They share their picks, from Australia to Antarctica.

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Wine Travels - Washington Wines

Lorraine Chachere

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ExpeditionTrips Program Manager and former chef, Lorraine Chachere, has sampled wine at some of the world's most renowned wineries. Now residing in the state of Washington, she looks forward to exploring the wine valleys in her own backyard. An eight-day wine and culinary tour aboard the 22-passenger Safari Quest would be the perfect way to start!

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"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy," wrote Ernest Hemingway. For lovers of wildlife and wild places, it's easy to understand why. Going on safari will touch you deeply. It will fill you with a childlike sense of wonder and awe, at once fulfilling a lifelong dream and igniting a hunger for more. Gazing across the African plains, being in the presence of mighty elephants or regal lions, and walking with the Maasai, you can't help but be swept away by the beauty of it all. Yet it takes careful orchestration to have the perfect Africa experience on a massive continent that's the size of Europe, Asia, India, and the United States combined! The first step on your journey is deciding whether to focus on East or Southern Africa.

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Into the Heart of the Okavango Delta

Nadia Eckhardt

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In Botswana's Okavango Delta you will find a spectacular and tranquil oasis of waterways and lagoons where visitors often explore by boat and dugout canoe. June through August, this region of over 11,000 square miles is inhabited by a profusion of wildlife--from the large cats (lion, leopard, cheetah) and zebra to buffalo, hippos and elephants.

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Learn about the benefits of going on safari to Botswana and Namibia during Green Season. The Green Season, December through March, not only provides a unique safari experience with superb wildlife viewing and great bird watching, but also the fares are the best value!

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The Market: Adventures in West Africa

Amelia Tockston & Susan Adie

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Expedition Leader Susan Adie, shares one of her favorite memories from her travels through West Africa: a morning spent in a Senegalese market. With an open and curious mind, she made friends, was humbled, and learned that sometimes things appear different than they truly are—a valuable travel lesson!

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Le Ponant: The Genesis of a Sailing Ship

Captain Jean-Philippe Lemaire

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Traveling under sail, with no vibration or engine noise, is a peaceful and alluring way to discover a new destination. Luxury vessel, Le Ponant, marries this majestic way of exploring with expedition travel and boasts an impressive repertoire of itineraries - from Libya to the Seychelles.

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Step aboard the inaugural voyage of the National Geographic Orion with top staff and special guests: a dive legend and pioneering undersea photographer, a premier naturalist guide with nearly 20 years of experience, a National Geographic Grantee archaeologist, National Geographic photographers, and more.

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The Resounding Travels of John Osborne

Amelia Tockston

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Veteran ExpeditionTrips traveler, John Osborne, reflects on his recent travels around the world. At the age of 80, not having traveled since the 1940s, he set off to discover "the rest of the world." And, neither age nor increasingly limited eyesight show any signs of slowing him down!

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Silver Discoverer Sets Sail

Jennie Drazan

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The Silver Discoverer was christened in Singapore this week marking the city-state's first christening in 20 years, making for a grand day of celebration! This adventurous and always luxurious vessel accommodates 128 guests and will sail the waters of Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Silver Discoverer allows travelers to explore these beautiful, pristine and remote regions in the utmost comfort.

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Welcome, National Geographic Orion!

Ashton Palmer

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The National Geographic fleet of ships has long been the gold standard for expedition travel, known for excellent guides with extensive field knowledge, captivating programs, elegant comfort, and unfettered access to the world's most remote destinations. The National Geographic Orion is the most recent addition, opening up new destinations—Australia's Kimberley, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia—for amazing experiences aboard a National Geographic vessel.

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Sergey Frolov: Mimicking the Ancients

Susan Woodward

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Russian Far East native, Sergey Frolov, says the Chukchi Peninsula is "one of the only places left that is untouched, unexplored, probably in the whole world." Take a peek into this isolated Eskimo culture, which only receives approximately 100 visitors each year.

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Tasmania: An Introduction

Claire Ellis

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Claire Ellis explains "Tasmania, actually an archipelago of more than 300 islands, is ideal to explore by ship." Cross a few of the "best and biggest" off your list with a visit to Dismal Swamp, one of the largest sinkholes in the world and Wineglass Bay, named one of the top ten beaches in the world by Outside magazine.

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The Captivating Wildness of Australia

Ashton Palmer

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Australia, a land of great biodiveristy, unusual history, and exotic wildlife, is an expeditionary traveler's dream. From the abundant marine life of the Great Barrier Reef to the expansive and unique geography of Western Australia's Kimberley Region, this amazing continent is well worth the time to get there. ExpeditionTrips Program Manager Beth Mercier, a former resident of this extraordinary continent, shares her knowledge of this exciting destination.

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12 Travel Ideas for Couples

Leslie Holgate

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What's your dream adventure getaway? From the surreal landscapes of Antarctica to snorkeling with sea lions in Galapagos, our expert staff has 12 amazing ideas for your next trip for two.

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Meet the Jacobs, travelers extraordinaire!

Richard and Ilene Jacobs

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Passionate travelers and valued ExpeditionTrips clients, Richard and Ilene Jacobs have traveled to Timbuktu and back. Literally. And, many places in between including three trips to Antarctica! We recently checked in with them to chat about their travel philosophy and inspiration!

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Travel Apps to Suit Your Adventure

Lori Gifford

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From currency converters and language phrasebooks to local trivia, smartphone and tablet computer technology are changing day-to-day life and travels around the globe! Discover picks for applications to enhance travels—whether that's an epic trip around the world or a getaway in your home country.

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ExpeditionTrips President Ashton Palmer was recently named a Top Travel Specialist for Small Ship Expeditions by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Ashton discusses the great honor of receiving this recognition, his journey to Top Travel Specialist, and how ExpeditionTrips provides expertise and value to travelers planning the Trip of a Lifetime.