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RTW #8: 7 Continents from (A)ntarctica to (Z)anzibar

Save the Date for Round the World #8!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 | 7 comments

Save the Date for Round the World #8!

It’s that time of year again…one month from today I’ll be departing on my 8th annual trip around the world! It’s going to be another whirlwind globetrotting adventure exploring 14 destinations in 10 countries and for the first time on all 7 continents.

Many of you know that Antarctica has been on my list for several years and this year I am finally making it happen. Yes, I’ll be cruising all the way from Argentina to the great white continent with Quark Expeditions and I am impossibly (some would say annoyingly) excited about it! This year’s trip will start in Buenos Aires and be the longest yet at a staggering – when you consider the name of the website – 54 days.

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Full Circle in Buenos Aires

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 | 2 comments

Full Circle in Buenos Aires

Seven years ago this week, I touched down in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first stop on a trip around the world that would forever change the course of my life. Who knew that 7 years and more than 100 countries later, I would again arrive at Ezeiza Airport, this time a confident and far more worldly traveler, perhaps even worthy of the title “globetrotter.”

On my last visit to this blazing hot South American capital, I enjoyed long runs in Palermo Park, a stroll through Recoleta Cemetery and great meals along the revitalized waterfront area. This time, I didn’t really have a plan in mind. In fact, Buenos Aires was honestly just a bonus stop on the way to my ultimate goal, Ushuaia and Antarctica. I needed to be in Ushuaia, Argentina for my cruise departure on January 9th and the only frequent flier mile availability into Argentina was flying into B.A. on January 5th. So here I am with two days to re-discover the city that started it all for me on RTW #1.

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It’s the End of the World: Ushuaia Argentina

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 | 2 comments

It’s the End of the World: Ushuaia Argentina

You know how people always say, “don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world.” They’re right, because I’ve found it.

Ushuaia Argentina is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world, hence the popular nickname “the end of the world.”

For most people, Ushuaia is the gateway to exploring the Tierra del Fuego National Park and the last stop on the infamous “End of the World Train” but for those few adventure-seeking travelers who dream of visiting the frozen continent, it’s also the most popular departure point for Antarctic expeditions.And that’s why I’ve come all the way to Ushuaia; for the real trip-of-a-lifetime, a 10-day cruise to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions. But first, I’ve got a full 36 hours to explore this charming town at the end of the world.

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Expedition Antarctica: Why it’s Worth Every Penny

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 | 21 comments

Expedition Antarctica: Why it’s Worth Every Penny

You’re going where? Seriously, Jenny, have you really run out of places to go? What on earth is there to see in Antarctica, anyway? Isn’t it just a bunch of icebergs and penguins?”

These were just a few of the milder expressions of disbelief I received from friends and family after I announced my intention to include Antarctica on Round the World #8. And to be honest, they were valid questions. In fact, I had some of the same questions myself. What on earth was there to see in Antarctica?

To me, an expedition to the white continent was mostly a badge of honor; a dividing line that separated the traveling public into tourists and adventurers. And if I’m being completely truthful, the ability to say I’d been to all 7 continents was a significant part of the allure. When it comes to true globetrotting, either you’ve been to Antarctica or you haven’t. This would be the year I joined the distinguished former.

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Posh Patagonia

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Posh Patagonia

Last year, on RTW #7, a random twist of fate introduced me to the wonderful world of explora hotels in Chile. I was visiting Easter Island staying at a reasonably-priced, modest B&B when my friend Jill asked if I could perhaps hop over to explora Rapa Nui for a few nights to review it for her London-based site EcoLuxHotels. Never one to turn down an “upgrade,” I happily agreed.

After two nights at the incredibly magical explora Rapa Nui, I became a big believer in the explora culture of experiential, eco-friendly yet luxurious travel. At explora, the focus is always on “in-depth exploration of the surroundings and the luxury of the essential.” As a firm believer that luxury is almost always “of the essential,” I was dying to return someday to indulge in their other two Chilean properties – Patagonia and Atacama. Since my Antarctic adventure would already have me in the Patagonia Chile neighborhood, I figured there was no time like the present to check out explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico

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Catching Up in the Canary Islands

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Catching Up in the Canary Islands

Each year on my RTW trip, I try to pick a stop in Europe where I won’t freeze to death in January. Some years I’m more successful than others. This year I think I did pretty well, though I continue to stretch the boundaries on the definition of Europe.

For my brief visit to the European continent this year (or rather, nearby it), I chose the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of Morocco. The Canaries are actually one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities and operate mostly independently from continental Spain. Since I’d been to Morocco on RTW #3 and it was pretty warm in January, I was confident the Canary Islands would be a solid choice.

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