Forget the faux snow aka foam parties here, and book your ticket to a snowy escape now! By Gemma Thomas
You’re probably thinking it’s too late to book flights or tours at this point, and that you have to spend yet another Christmas on in the balmy heat. There might be festivities galore on our beautiful island, but admit it, you’ll much rather be spending a white Christmas frolicking in the powdery snow. So, go for it and splurge on your travels this time round, because YOLO!
This is the first installment of our five-part travel adventure series. Read the other escapades here: Thrilling Horseback & Bicycle Rides; Unique Kayak & Raft Experiences; Jungle Explorations; Magical Underwater Encounters.
For a white Christmas adventure: Explore Antarctica
There is nowhere else quite like Antarctica on the planet. The seventh continent is rugged and inhospitable — a place that has to be seen to be believed. For those willing to step out of their comfort zone, a travel adventure that will forever linger in your mind lies ahead.
Imposing mountains and spectacular icebergs await you at Antarctia. (Photo: tomxox / www.123rf.com)
The expedition boat that will bring you to Antarctica from South America is stable enough to safely pass through some of the roughest seas on earth, and amply comfortable to serve as your base for the entire trip. Your first travel sights of this final frontier will be imposing mountains and spectacular icebergs.
Put on your hiking shoes and venture out onto the ice to encounter huge colonies of penguins so curious about humans that they’ll waddle right up to you. You’ll also appreciate the tranquillity that comes from exploring the coast by sea kayak as you come face to face with whales, penguins, seals and icebergs.
For travellers brave enough to plunge into the freezing waters in scuba gear, you will be rewarded with views of the ice from below and the chance to see the leopard seal, one of Antarctica’s top predators, on the hunt.
Celebrity couple George Young and Janet Hsieh had their picture perfect wedding at Antarctica in March this year. Watch them get hitched amidst penguins on Fun Taiwan All-Stars: Wedding Special. Now showing every Saturday, 8pm on TLC (Starhub Ch 427/Singtel Ch 254). (Photo: Janet Hsieh Instagram @janetagram)
How to get to Antarctica
Trips to Antarctica depart from South America between December and March. Antarctic Peninsula trips usually start from Ushuaia in Argentina. The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is served by regular flights from Buenos Aires and Santiago in Chile.
If you’re driving, Ushuaia also marks the end of the Pan-American Highway.
Why this travel adventure should be on your bucket list.
Bragging rights. If you love the outdoors and are passionate about exploration and wildlife, this has to be one of the most exhilarating destinations in the world – and probably one of the most rewarding adventures you’ll ever have!
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