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Dreaming of Antarctica: How to book the trip of a lifetime
The Points Guy

Antarctica, the fifth-largest continent on the planet, is the most remote, mysterious and unknown territory on earth. Constituting approximately 20% of the Southern Hemisphere, it is larger than Europe, yet unique in that it has neither a native population nor a government. Instead, portions have been claimed by seven countries: Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, climate change has affected Antarctica significantly (as it has many other parts of the world). Who knows if it will still exist as we know it in a few years? It’s the only continent I haven’t visited and I want to see it before it is unalterably changed. However, it will also require budgeting well in advance — a trip there can easily cost $15,000 or more.

Here’s how I’m planning my bucket-list trip to Antarctica, hopefully for the end of 2020 or early 2021 — at the peak of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Consider using a travel agent

Many TPG readers pride themselves on pulling together their dream trips on their own. But when it comes to Antarctica, even seasoned travelers can benefit from the services of a professional travel agent.

TPG contributor Daniel Hank told TPG’s Melanie Lieberman that 'in the case of Antarctica, I totally needed that help.' Hank used ExpeditionTrips, which is considered one of the foremost travel companies for Antarctica journeys...”


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