Archive for December, 2012

5 Favorite Destinations of 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

During 2012, I traveled to 26 countries. I visited both the Arctic Circle and Antarctica, traveled through Eastern Europe, across the Andes, deep into the jungles of Borneo, and visited South Asia for the first time = Fabulous!

Of all …

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MESSAGE Antarctica *Videos*

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Antarctica is more than 5 million miles in size (larger than the U.S. and Mexico combined), and has a ton of natural resources, including copper, nickel, iron, gold, silver, titanium, lead, coal and oil.

This natural abundance, as well as …

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Wild about Antarctic Wildlife *Videos*

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Antarctica is the darkest and coldest place on Earth, so you might assume that there’s not a whole lot of wildlife around – Wrong! Antarctica is bursting with animals!

It is actually warmer in the Antarctic water than it is …

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Ice Art: Photo Essay

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

I thought Antarctica was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but instead of being satisfied with my 11-day expedition, it only whetted my appetite for more — more natural beauty, more immensity, more clear, white light. These photos are the reason why I’ll …

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Camping on the White Continent

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

As campers, we couldn’t have been luckier. We were the first expedition ship out this Antarctic season and the first boat to reach the continent. And then we got to camp on the continent – a rare treat!

Stunning Camp

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All About Ice

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

With ice covering 98% of Antarctica, there’s an amazing variety. Here’s the low-down on all this ice, ice baby! (I couldn’t resist…)

Clear Ice: Clear ice is made by snow falling on glaciers. The snow becomes compressed, eliminating the …

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Volunteer in Antarctica *Video*

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

While at the end of the world, I ran into tons of people who wanted to visit Antarctica. And tons of people who didn’t want to, or couldn’t, pay for it. There’s an answer: penguin counting.

Doug, one of the …

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First Woman to Solo Antarctica

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Earlier this year, Felicity Aston became the first woman to complete a solo trans-Antarctica crossing. I think this is unbelievably cool!

Aston is known as a world-class arctic explorer, having led a team to the South Pole, raced across Arctic …

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5 Tips for a Polar Plunge + Video (maybe)

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

The main question, of course, is “Why would you do a polar plunge?” (ie: run into the freezing cold water in Antarctica in your bathing suit).

Well, when I was in Siberia a few years back, I was told if …

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Anatomy of Antarctica *Video*

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

One of the perks of my expedition to Antarctica was the lectures that were given by the on-board naturalists and scientists. Really fabulous stuff, including insights on the wildlife we would be seeing, the history of South Pole exploration, photography …

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