Just reaching Antarctica is a major logistical challenge in and of itself. One can reach the continent either by air or by sea. Due to the limited supply and high cost, traveling by air is not the typical choice of the Antarctic tourist. The vast majority reaches Antarctica by way of the sea. However you do run a risk to reach Antarctica by sea. Most ships embark on their journey from the port city of Ushuaia, Argentina. Not long after leaving the mainland the sea begins to deliver its torrential blows. The route between Ushuaia and the Antarctic Peninsula is known as Drakes Passage. This is considered one of, if not the roughest sections of ocean in the world. Once you have crossed the passage then comes the ice. It is essential to use a vessel that is an icebreaker and even then you can get stuck for a multitude of reasons. Despite all of the reasons I just laid out, I am not attempting to steer you away from traveling to Antarctica. I firmly believe that the toughest places to get to, hold the greatest riches for those who can get past the difficulties of reaching them.
In the coming weeks I will be writing about tourism to Antarctica. I will seek to lie out the positives as well as the negatives to this destination. I also want to see how climate change is a affecting both the destination as well as the outlook on tourism in the region.
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I am a traveler, a student, a vagabond, a business owner, an entrepreneur and a dreamer. My name is Stuart Derman and welcome to the Digital Vagabond. The purpose of this blog is to integrate my personal travel experiences with trends and issues within the tourism field. My background is in electronic marketing within the tourism field.