--- Menu --- Blog Traveler Stories News Travel Tips Responsible Travel Our Office Author Nicole Betts As I sit in the lounge of the Plancius and look out at the endless expanse of ocean, the sun shines brightly as we roll over a calm Drake Passage. It is the last day of my Antarctic adventure, I am … Author Tom Monson The original plan for the day had us trekking to a view point, but a combination of an overcast sky and Karen's knee had us modify the plan slightly.
We trekked to the clearing point at the top of … Author Elizabeth Conway The dining room of the Finch Bay hotel is cleaned after the flood. The hotel was flooded by the equivalent of various very high tides – not waves. Finch Bay re-opened to visitors on March 15, … Author Tom Monson We set off about 30 minutes early today because we wanted to be in front of the other group of hikers -- they had a big 15-20 person group and you don't want to be caught waiting at the rope … Author Tami Doughty We woke early and I looked outside in time to see the sun peeking over the Caribbean right outside our door. We were soon ready to check out, and headed directly across the street from the lobby and … Author Tom Monson After a surprisingly restful sleep (remember this was Karen's first real night in a tent), we had a light breakfast and hoisted our packs onto our backs and set off.
David took us slightly off trail … Author Tami Doughty A seriously lazy day. This was our last full day on the island, and our thoughts started turning towards home. We slept in, enjoyed another leisurely breakfast down at the Blue Water Grill (with … Author Tom Monson We had a very leisurely start to our first day of trekking. Departure time was 9:30, so we had plenty of time to eat a wonderful breakfast and get our gear situated. Since the next two nights would … Author Mary Curry Transferred back to the airport and headed home Author Tami Doughty Another lazy morning. We had purchased juice and bagels at the market the day before and stashed them in the room refrigerator, so we enjoyed a lazy breakfast on our balcony overlooking the ocean. … Author Tom Monson A responsible traveler should have at least a basic understanding of the local language and for Spanish that is more than just saying *un momento por favor*. We were not responsible travelers … Author Mary Curry Wow! The park is well run and the falls are positively stunning! As an added plus, the sunshine creates dazzling rainbows across the park. I have a lovely photo of a rainbow spanning from the Brazil … Author Tami Doughty I woke several times in the night listening to the rain and wind howl outside our door. Our room was located on the second floor on the corner overlooking the ocean, so there was nothing to break … Author Tom Monson Although we arrived a bit late, we had nothing pressing on our agenda for today, so a few hours didn't matter one way or the other.
We did have the joy of landing right after a Qantas flight from … Author April Killingsworth We arrived in the port of Ushuaia early in the morning and were disembarked by 8:30am. We spent the day in town & at the airport saying our last goodbyes & exchanging information with the friends we … Author Elizabeth Conway The Galapagos Islands take precautions as a tsunami is anticipated to arrive sometime today around 4:30 pm UPDATE (March 12, 2011): The tsunami hit the Galapagos about an hour later than originally … Author Mary Curry Our airline luck changed this morning. After a rough flight last night on a plane that should have been retired, we had a fantastic, brand new plane this morning and the flight was ON TIME. As we … Author Tami Doughty Our resident roof lizard sang us awake this morning. The jungle seemed especially energized after the storm of last night, and unfortunately half of the insect population seemed to decide that our … Author Tom Monson My wife and I (hereafter referred to as Karen and Tom) had a very unproductive day at work on Friday as we counted down the hours.
Finally a little after 3pm we left for the airport. We were flying … Author April Killingsworth We spent most of the day packing up our cabin and closing out accounts in preparation for the next day's landing & disembarkation. We were also able to tour the ship once we were in the calmer waters … Author Mary Curry We awoke early for the 8am transfer out of camp. Cookie made us cinnamon rolls and other breakfast fixings as well as sandwiches for the road. We said our good-byes with plenty of hugs and hit the … Author Tami Doughty Another early morning, this time it didn’t even seem early as the birds outside our cabana sang us into awareness of another day. Our very early morning breakfast this morning was just the two … Author April Killingsworth The trip back through the Drake was a bit rougher the second time around with waves measuring 6 meters (meaning 6 meters above the horizon line & 6 meters below, so the ship could be rising & falling … Author Elizabeth Conway A little reminder in the principles of Leave No Trace is always a good idea. This short video from my last Antarctica trip provides just that. Although a tiny pebble might seem insignificant, they …