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Why Take a Trip to Antarctica?
ANTARCTICA: Why it's important
There could be any number of reasons for hopping on an Antarctic cruise and heading toward the South Pole. Every vacationer looks forward to and indeed are excited about doing a bit of sightseeing and having fun and in the process perhaps explore uncharted territory. People take vacations simply to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to someplace far away from the madding crowd. If one’s ideal vacation is sightseeing and having fun then there isn’t a better place than Antarctica as the scenery would be a feast for the eyes. The few reasons one ought to opt for an Antarctic cruise and go to the South Pole are
The cold weather
One would perhaps have least expected that the extremely cold weather conditions and the generally inhospitable continent of Antarctica could be the very reason that heading to the south pole would be prudent and sensible. While it may appear to be foolhardy to even so much as consider the south pole as a vacation destination but it's a well-known fact that those visiting Antarctica have benefited as they felt rejuvenated in most cases.
With sufficient layers of warm clothing though as protection, one would actually enjoy the cold weather. Even in subzero temperature, one would be able to adapt in no time, which is absolutely amazing. Once one gets comfortable with the cold weather after being dressed adequately in warm clothing then the chilly weather of the south pole would turn out to be the main attraction for any tourist.
An Antarctic vacation is all about adventure as one cannot expect to sunbathe. Adventure in Antarctica essentially includes kayaking, hiking and generally explore one of the remotest parts of the planet for an experience of a lifetime.
History in the making
Since Antarctica is situated in one of the remotest parts of the world with harsh weather conditions, historically hardly any visitors have set foot on the continent at all. Therefore, anyone considering a vacation in the south pole would be a part of the history of the continent of Antarctica. Unlike most tourist destinations that may have other comparable attractions with similar stories, a visit to Antarctica would make one a part of the continent’s history.
It would not be an exaggeration by any stretch of the imagination to describe the landscape of Antarctica as being vast and barren. A voyage to Antarctica would most likely be lonely for the most part besides a few co-passengers including possibly shipmates and scientists. There might be a chance meeting with travelers in a few settlements on one’s onward journey as well. Unlike other continents, Antarctica has been largely inhabitable for several centuries and therefore there hasn’t been any aboriginal or indigenous population inhabiting the continent. Since time immemorial there isn’t any evidence of anyone ever setting foot on the Antarctica until the past few centuries let alone evidence of an indigenous population.
Whole new world beckons
While analyzing the effects of climate change the first impression of environmental scientists visiting Antarctica was as though they were on an alien planet right here on earth. There weren’t any trees or plants or much of anything other than the icy and rocky surface. Seemingly humans never ever inhabited the Antarctica. It was as though they were setting foot on the moon or our neighboring planet Mars which was an exciting moment for the scientists when they first got there. If the thought of traveling through space to an uninhabitable planet is fascinating then one does not need a spaceship to be transported to outer space; being on earth one would be able to have a similar experience.
Although Antarctica is uninhabitable, its a wildlife habitat for the penguins in particular who can adapt to human presence. Since the Penguins haven’t ever been preyed on by predators they’re absolutely confident and overly curious. Traveling to Antarctica would be an experience of a lifetime and indeed an opportunity to get acquainted with penguins, the wingless bird.
Furthermore, there are whales and seals as well living in Antarctica. If one were to travel to the feeding and breeding grounds of these untamed creatures then one would be up close and personal with the lives of these animals which is an experience that cannot be replicated by visiting a zoo or an aquarium.
Antarctica is among the most exotic places in the world even from a scientific perspective. For astronomers and environmental scientists alike examining climate change, Antarctica is a much sought after or favorite destination which probably isn’t surprising at all. The pollution-free clean air, stable weather conditions and clear sky of the South Pole are ideal for scientists to observe and study the universe. Even casual stargazers on a visit to Antarctica would have an opportunity to look at the night sky quite unlike any other place on Earth.
The Icebergs of Antarctica are quite unique even for those who may have seen icebergs before. As the ship nears the South Pole, its surrounded by icebergs appearing in varied shapes and sizes in increasing numbers which is absolutely amazing for any traveler to Antarctica.
Regardless of whether one is an amateur or aspiring to be an expert in nature photography, Antarctica offers a unique an incredible opportunity. The sheer variety of captivating and breathtaking scenic beauty to wildlife photography, the scope is endless both for a novice photographer and an expert alike. As a photographer looking for growth, a photo opportunity in Antarctica is unlike any other.
Trip to Antarctica 2016 (HD)
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