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How to Plan a Physically & Emotionally Rewarding Polar Expedition

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The benefits of vacations are clear -- time away from the daily grind helps us relax, refocus, and come back more productive and even happier. More and more though, people are finding that simply escaping to lie on a beach, while relaxing at the time, isn’t a particularly rewarding vacation. Once the tan lines are gone and the pina coladas a distant memory, any residual happiness brought home fades, as well.

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Meet the Polar Bear

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This week is #PolarBearWeek! Learn more about these majestic creatures of the North from our popular Meet The Polar Bear blog article, originally published July 15, 2015. Help secure the future of this endangered species by taking the Polar Bear Week #Energy Challenge, to help save their sea ice habitats.

Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to view a polar bear in captivity, but believe us when we say there’s nothing like spotting one in its natural habitat!

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The Polar Bear Week Energy Challenge

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During late autumn in Canada, home to 60 percent of the world’s polar bear population, the annual migration of these majestic and massive creatures kicks off. Polar bears head to Churchill, Manitoba, in early November, preparing for the Hudson Bay freeze-up, which will give them access to an important food source: seals.

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5 Spooky Antarctic Research Stations & Abandoned Military Bases

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When first setting foot on the vast continent of Antarctica, you might believe for a moment that you’ve landed on another planet. Looking out over pristine ice cover and massive glaciers contrasted with the stark gray of snow-peaked mountains, you may even feel like you’re having an entirely other-worldly experience.

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7 Positive Traits Strengthened by Polar Expedition Travel

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Why do people travel to the ends of the Earth when, like any sensible hobbit, they could just hunker down and relax at home? Travel fulfills in us a need to explore, learn and experience new things, but the benefits of getting away from it all can actually be long lasting and have a huge impact on your life. In fact, taking a polar expedition can help build and expand your positive traits in ways that may surprise you.

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5 Reasons Greenland Should Be Your Next Arctic Expedition Destination

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A good 80 percent of Greenland is covered with ice, but don’t let that fool you – this is a country overflowing with natural wonders and adventure! Having constantly been settled for more than 5,000 years, Greenland also offers visitors a fascinating history and culture to explore.

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5 Reasons an Arctic Expedition Is Totally Worth Your Vacation Time

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One of the huge perks of full-time employment is paid vacation time, but increasingly Americans have not been taking time off. The reasons vary, but a recent survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association listed the belief that nobody else can do the job and a fear of returning to a mountain of work as some of the main reasons people are avoiding taking vacations.

How significant is that avoidance? The amount of unused holiday time in the United States hit an all-time high in 2014, when Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on the table. That’s US$52.4 billion in lost benefits!

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The Northwest Passage: Three Weeks in the High Arctic

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This is a guest blog post by Daven Hafey, one of Quark's onboard experts. This article has previously ran on October 13, 2016 in the Juneau Empire.

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Spotlight on Baffin Island: A Largely Untouched Arctic Adventure Destination

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When you think of Arctic tourism hot spots, Greenland, Iceland and the North Pole might all come to mind. These iconic Arctic destinations are popular with polar adventurers, each for its own good reasons.

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Arctic Express: Greenland & Back in 10 Days

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A polar bear lumbers across the pack ice, pausing occasionally to sniff the air. Its sensitive nose seeks prey. You shift your viewfinder to the right … on the tundra above, muskoxen and reindeer graze. Pulling the camera from your eyes, you see humpback and beluga whales cruising the food-rich waters while a group of walrus are hauled out far enough down the beach that the roving bear hasn’t yet caught on.

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