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I'm surprised how few people want to visit Antarctica

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"I drive one of U2's trucks: there are 70,000 people just sitting outside the stadiums waiting for the doors to open. I'll go and talk to a few. When asking the fans if they were interested in Antarctica, and even winning a free trip, these are the responses I got:"
9 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 21 Msg: #84938  

By the way, I'm glad to see that plenty of people ARE interested in going to Antarctica 😊


Well, a travel site is where to find those types, rather than outside music gigs. If you ask us about music, you might be less pleased with the answers you get. 😉
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9 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 22 Msg: #84939  
Yes, I suppose that is obvious. I won't be asking about music, don't worry! I've seen enough live shows to last a lifetime.. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 1st 2009 No: 23 Msg: #84942  
Terry-Ann, I would simply not bring my kids to Antartica before they are at least 12 or 14 years old. Being used to the insurance business...I did ask the guys onboard...what do happen if you HAVE TO evacuate somebody...they DO NOT send planes, but would just re-direct you on another ship to the Falkands...which means...few days at least. So for me, no kids under a certain age, even if I'm sure they would love it!

Barnaby, and Lili...I'm VERY frustrated...nobody is ever looking at my PREFER entry, this is the one name "I can fly, I did fly"....I did it 2 years ago out of Cape Canavaral...at the time, I was one of maybe 5,000 humans who had the chance to fly zero gravity. Meaning, the parabolic flight...you may have seen it on TV....it was the BEST thing I ever did...have a look, it was around November 2007.

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9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 24 Msg: #84985  
I went to Antarctica back in November 2003 with Peregrine Adventures and was blown away with the scenery, the wild life and just the fact of being there. I do however think that there is some scaremongery going on about the Drake Passage, it was like a mill pond when I was there. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 25 Msg: #84987  
B Posts: 847
Peter, I have read almost all your blogs and yes, I remember reading that one some time back. I promise to read it again ( I am also reviewing your other blogs on Indonesia) in between your new entries, which are coming up real fast. My, are you on the go!

Barnaby, looking forward to more blogs from you.

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9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 26 Msg: #84989  
Hi Lili,

The summer holidays are over for now...so less blogs coming, I promise! But still few nice ones in the coming weeks. And at the end of the month a new country for me...to a place I never thought I would go one day...should be interesting...

Hi intrepis Traveller, welcome to the forums...hope to see you more here. I tend to agree with you for the Drake Passage, for me it's all about the "luck or no luck" on the crossing, but I've seen the people around me on my crossing, and I can tell you, the white faces did speak for themselves. Hope you are going to blog on some of your travel soon, as I guess if you've been to Antartica, you've been all around too. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 27 Msg: #85026  
2 posts moved to this new topic: The mystery Reply to this

9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 28 Msg: #85028  

Barnaby, looking forward to more blogs from you.


He has posted 3 blogs, within just a few days. That is quite good going. But, I dont think it beats Peter. 😉
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9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 29 Msg: #85044  
I will post more..

I think I'll rewrite the whole of the AC/DC tour blogs, drip feeding them when I get a chance between current adventures. I'm on tour with a comedian at the moment which is leaving little time to write I'm afraid.

The intrepid traveller, EMP, would make a super ocean-going companion! The Drake Passage a mill pond? Splendid..

Peter, the trouble with your prodigious output is that I can't locate your PREFER entry quickly! I'll keep looking - I'm very interested to read about the experience.. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 30 Msg: #85045  
AC/DC were here in Munich not so long ago. I didnt bother to go to their show, because the stadium is way too big. It turns it into a less than watching television experience, unless you happen to be one of the lucky ones that gets to the front. On the otherhand, Judas Priest and Motorhead have a smaller venue, so their shows in Munich were great.

I can't locate your PREFER entry quickly!


Would you post a direct link to it, Peter.

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9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 31 Msg: #85049  
Antarctica...I can dream,would love to go there one day! Wide open spaces,wilderness not seen by many humans, my kind of continent! Reply to this

9 years ago, September 2nd 2009 No: 32 Msg: #85076  
I was just talking about the dream of travel to Antarctica with some family members last week! The problem (as many people have): cost. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 3rd 2009 No: 33 Msg: #85082  
Hi Barnaby,

Here is the link for the zero gravity flight...I can fly...I did fly...
As this thread is about Antartica, here is my littel humble contribution Antarctica!
And I may as well add my prefer entry...was a while ago, but that was an experience...Galapagos...Darwin's Arch...Hammerheads dreamland! Reply to this

9 years ago, September 3rd 2009 No: 34 Msg: #85147  
1 posts moved to this new topic: Overpriced travel treats. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 3rd 2009 No: 35 Msg: #85178  
I'm impressed Peter. There are some super photographs in there, definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Mell, I found that the best place to listen to an AC/DC concert was from behind several heavy, closed fire doors. And even then it was worth wearing ear plugs!

At the moment I'm writing an article for a trucking magazine. If only there were more hours in the day.. I don't actually get home until November so bear with me..

Welcome Anna and Michael to what is supposed to be a thread on the beauty (and expense) of Antarctica.. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 3rd 2009 No: 36 Msg: #85182  
Peter, I've just read your Antarctica blog. From Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula doesn't look that far on the map yet it is 1000km?! Groan.. I see what you mean about no escape..

I know how cold the water can be in the polar regions. Foolishly I wanted a picture sitting atop a small iceberg that had come to the shoreline last summer. Icebergs are not renowned for their stability; it rolled me straight into the water in normal clothes. At least you wore a wetsuit.. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 3rd 2009 No: 37 Msg: #85185  
I visited Antarctica a few years back while I was living and traveling in Chile and South America. It was the best, most unique experience of my life... I would go back in a heartbeat. Unfortunatly I wasn't blogging at the time and my journal with all my pics from a year and a half were stolen in Costa Rica upon my return to the States. I still have all the memories in my head. The Drake is not fun but well worth it to get to see everything I got to see! So few people travel or will ever travel there that the captain told us we were all now ambassadors of Antarctica, A position I hold proudly! Reply to this

9 years ago, September 4th 2009 No: 38 Msg: #85193  
Hi Kari,

I 100% agree with what you write and feel the exact same way. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 4th 2009 No: 39 Msg: #85235  

Mell, I found that the best place to listen to an AC/DC concert was from behind several heavy, closed fire doors. And even then it was worth wearing ear plugs!


Geez! That job is wasted on you. 😉

I know how cold the water can be in the polar regions. Foolishly I wanted a picture sitting atop a small iceberg that had come to the shoreline last summer. Icebergs are not renowned for their stability; it rolled me straight into the water in normal clothes. At least you wore a wetsuit..


So, show us the photo then. Reply to this

9 years ago, September 4th 2009 No: 40 Msg: #85258  
The girl I'd given my camera to was so shocked by my unexpected submersion that she forgot to take a picture!

Mell, the reason I get hired to truck rock bands about is because I'm not remotely interested in doing it! They know that I won't be trying to get autographs or hassle them. What I do like, though, is pottering about European cities on a bicycle. Moscow was fun - all the signs are in Cyrillic..

So sorry to hear about your journal being stolen Kari. It's just the pits to have irreplaceable treasures pinched. Reply to this

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