Monthly Archives: December 2018

North Pole Controversy – Who WAS the first person to reach it?

North Pole Controversy – Who WAS the first person to reach it?

The North Pole controversy boasts all the hallmarks of a Netflix documentary: we’ve got a wicked cast of dubious characters with dodgy pasts, outlandish claims and an ethereal setting that would just be awesome on a huge screen. Plus, the North Pole Saga is 100 years in the making so that alone ought to draw […]

Why Visit Spitsbergen?

Why Visit Spitsbergen?

The vast snowy and rugged landscapes of Spitzbergen, part of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway, is the stuff of Arctic dreams. Most visitors head here to experience life at the northern extreme, soak up a magnificent visual feast and, of course, meet the unique wildlife that thrives this far north. Primarily, however, visitors head […]

10 Fascinating Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the Arctic

10 Fascinating Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the Arctic

The Arctic has become a hot media topic in recent years thanks primarily to global warming fears so it’s fair to say that you know a lot about the northernmost region of our planet. You’re probably aware that a total Arctic ice melt could result in a global sea rise of more than 6 metres […]

Meet the People of Longyearbyen

Meet the People of Longyearbyen

Join an exhilarating Arctic expedition cruise from Spitzbergen, in the mesmerizing archipelago of Svalbard, and the first place you’ll land is Longyearbyen: the northernmost city on earth. Even at the very height of the summer, in July, the last thing you’ll probably consider is that it should be much, much colder. But the people of […]

South America Travel – A Journey Through Emotions

South America Travel – A Journey Through Emotions

It all starts before you even take off. The butterflies in your stomach as you research places to visit (finally!) and that nervousness that comes right before you leave, so strong it even manages to wreak havoc on your sleep the last few nights at home. This is especially true if you’re touring South America […]

South America for First-Timers – Which Region is Right for You?

South America for First-Timers – Which Region is Right for You?

Maybe you’ve dreamt of South American adventures your entire life or, maybe, the continent has just entered into your travel-radar. Whatever the case may be, planning a first-time visit to South America – an enormous and enormously varied one at that, is an exciting endeavour but it can also be just a wee bit daunting. […]

Caleta Tortel –The Mysterious Heart of Chilean Patagonia

Caleta Tortel –The Mysterious Heart of Chilean Patagonia

Caleta Tortel is one of the most unique villages you could visit in South America. Not just because it’s literally framed by the icy wonders of Patagonia – snuggly sitting between the Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Fields – but because it’s built on stilts and boasts an usual history that’s still shrouded in mystery. […]

History of Svalbard

History of Svalbard

The northern Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard has enjoyed quite the tumultuous history over the course of only four centuries. Not only was this the main springboard for Arctic expeditions during the age of Polar explorations but the islands and their frigid waters became hubs for whaling, hunting, mining and overall resource-exploitation throughout its life as […]

Want to Donate or Volunteer when Travelling in Latin America? The Ethical Debate

Want to Donate or Volunteer when Travelling in Latin America? The Ethical Debate

Despite what many mass media outlets will have you believe, human beings are a generous and empathetic lot, running to volunteer their time and donate their hard-earned cash for a cause and in a place that’s close to their hearts, most especially during times of natural disasters or in impoverished areas. How to help ethically […]

Latin America Travel – How Much Spanish Should You Know?

Latin America Travel – How Much Spanish Should You Know?

It goes without saying that knowing at least some words in a foreign country’s language will thoroughly enhance your travel experience and Latin America travels are made easier by the fact that almost the entire continent speaks just one language and, when it doesn’t (as in Brazil, the Guianas and Surinam) it is certainly understood. […]