What starts with a somewhat terrifying 2-day crossing of the Drake passage from the Southern tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, turns into the most awe- inspiring journey that one could possibly imagine.
Nothing quite prepares you for the jaw-dropping scenery and the beautiful wildlife – what you see and experience down there simply takes your breath away. It is a combination of imposing icebergs scattered aimlessly throughout the water having broken away from the winter ice shelf; the sheer purity of the glaciers still fresh from the long cold winter; the whales and seals in their natural habitat equally at home with the ships that pass by and the thousands and thousands of penguins who waddle about their business without a sideways glance to human invasion.
The silence and calmness of this beautiful continent leaves you with a sense of peace and tranquillity and the most incredible memories and anyone who has been will say the same – it’s so pristine, so other-worldly, so remote and just so beautiful.
With itineraries to suit all budgets and tastes – it is the best time to take advantage of the amazing early bird specials and charters. My trip was aptly named ‘Pinktarctica’ as all proceeds went to the McGrath Foundation – a wonderful cause which benefited greatly from a very enthusiastic group of passengers.
“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list” – Susan Sondag
This has been my motto since I took my first overseas trip in the early ‘80s. The travel bug hit with a bang and I’ve never looked back, having now travelled to all 7 continents.
Two years ago, I took a giant leap of faith and started my own business under MTA-Mobile Travel Agents, a family-owned business with over 350 agents across Australia. With fantastic buying power and membership to invitation-only corporations such as Virtuoso, Cruiseco, Belmond Bellini Club and Virgin Galactic, a world of opportunities are at my disposal that the every-day agent does not have access to.