Guest post by Richard Thomas
Guest post by Richard Thomas
Eyes fixed dead ahead, you see an iceberg looming large, glistening blue in the bright sun, looking as though it was hand-carved and set right in your way. No matter – a few strokes on your left and you’re on course to track around it, now heading toward a snow-covered beach. A lone leopard seal turns his head to give you a once-over. You hold your breath.
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.
One of the great benefits of traveling is the good it does your soul, since we’re rarely as present as when we travel. Taking a break from your everyday routine (which is often dominated by what has happened or what may happen next) forces you to slow down and take pause. When we’re feeling stressed out and exhausted, it’s our soul that needs a rest. What does that actually mean? Everything about us that’s not physical.
Earlier this year, Hans Lagerweij and wife Isabelle took their young son, Kevin, and daughter, Aimee, on an Antarctic cruise with Quark Expeditions®. A former president of Quark, Hans is now the Portfolio Managing Director Adventure, TUI Group.
Everything you do with your kids has the potential to be the best (or the worst) experience you’ve ever had – that’s just the nature of the beast! This may be doubly true when traveling with kids, but Hans Lagerweij, former president of Quark Expeditions® and now Portfolio Managing Director Adventure, TUI Group, says that with a little preparation, you can swing the balance to the good side and keep it there.
Crossing the Drake Passage by sea is a rite of passage for many visiting Antarctica. For others, skipping this part of the journey frees up more time to explore the 7th continent. Choosing to fly south to Antarctica and then sail north (or vice versa) – or even flying both ways – is a great way to maximize your trip when time is of the essence.
During the Heroic Age of Exploration, a visit to the 7th continent was a major operation that cost a fortune and could take months or even years to complete. Now, thanks to improvements in transportation and communications technology, you can explore the last pristine wilderness in the world while on an Antarctic cruise in as little as 7 or 8 days.
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It’s a rite of passage so many of us look forward to, perhaps not every year, but as often as we can make it work. This year, more than a third of American families will take a vacation with the whole crew, kids and all. These days, we’re also more likely to take multigenerational trips, with three or more generations traveling together.
Robert Swan could be a figure straight out of the Heroic Age of Exploration. Thankfully, he’s of this era and still walks amongst us, dedicating his life to the preservation of pristine Antarctica.