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Antarctica: A Short Travel Guide

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Antarctica should be at the top of the bucket list of any traveller, it really shouldn’t matter if you have been to one country or fifty, everyone should experience this magical place. It is such a pristine place that we all need to see and respect at least once in our lives, it truly is a different world. Today we will be talking a little bit more about some ways to really get the most out of your trip and to make it as good as it possibly can be, so read on to find out more.

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Where to leave from

Almost all cruises to Antarctica leave from Ushuaia in Argentina and you will cross the Drake Passage, which is the body of water between Antarctica and the southern tip of South America. There are of course tours  from Australia or New Zealand, but these are much fewer in number and explore the eastern side of the continent.

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What to see

One of the number one things to do is without a doubt actually stepping foot on the Antarctic Continent itself. Of course you may think that any trip to Antarctica involves this, but the reality is that most cruise ships will not actually allow you to leave the ship and you must book a tour like this yourself or get a cruise that will actually allow you to do this. Imagine telling your friends that you have been to Antarctica, it really is something that not many people get the chance to do.

Aside from this you can see a huge number of things in and around Antarctica, these include amazing Antarctic wildlife, glaciers, glacial lagoons, huge icebergs and dramatic stretches of wilderness. All of which you will never forget.

Tips

Here are some great tips for visiting Antarctica for the first time:

  • Check everything – It is so important to make sure that your cruise includes everything that you think it will, because you do not want to arrive and be disappointed that you missed out on something. Antarctica truly is a place that you will go only once and probably never experience again and therefore you need to make sure you do it right.
  • Bring a good camera – The most stunning scenery in the world is deserving of some stunning pictures and bringing a good camera is something that you won’t regret doing. There truly is not a better place in the world to take photos, so having the right camera will mean you have some lifelong memories to share with others.
  • Book early – When it comes to your dream holiday in Antarctica you really don’t want to mess around with leaving things to the last minute, because believe it or not Antarctica cruise tours can sell out rather quickly. Therefore you should book as early as possible and really commit yourself to the adventure.
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What To Think About if You Want to Move Abroad

One of the biggest leaps you can take in your life is finally moving out into the world on your own. There is a kind of scary yet excited vibe to leaving home and finally having your own place. To make this adventure even scarier and more exciting, you may be looking to go abroad. This is one of the ultimate tests of testing your comfort level. There are some things that you need to think about before moving abroad to make sure you have the best and stress free go of it.

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Money

This is the case when moving to anywhere new. You should make sure that you have access to a steady flow of income. The last thing you want to do is sign a lease or a make a purchase and then realize you won’t be able to regularly pay for it. This may sound a bit “no duh” but it is better to be safe than sorry. Land the job before you go looking for your new digs.

Visa

You need to know what the requirements are for living in a different country. Legally there are steps you have to abide by and this red tape is often a pain in the neck. If you can get through it though it is all worth it. There are different types of visas you can look into when moving abroad. There are work visas, travel visas, student visas, and several other types. The trick is finding which one suits you best are locking it down.

Citizenship/Residency

Both of these are options that should be looked into for more permanent and long term stays. If you think the rest of your life you want to live where you’ll be moving look into the requirements for citizenship. Some places it consists of money, time, and a test while others may require language skills and military service. Know what you’re applying for so you aren’t faced with deportation or joining the infantry!

Insurance

You need all kinds of this when going abroad. The two big ones for moving and living abroad are health insurance and home insurance. You don’t want to come down with a strange sickness or a serious injury and not be covered once you get to the hospital. This is extremely important because you never know what may happen. Home insurance is just as important if you’re buying a home. Things happen, accidents happen and you want to make sure they won’t leave you homeless in a foreign country.

Immunizations

Every country has different rules and protocols as to what people need to be immunized with as children. The chances are that where you’re moving has at least one different immunization thats mandatory to have before entering the country. These are the things you need to be on top of before you decided where to move. It all costs money but its all also very important. Be prepared and take that next step of your future.

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Three Ways to Take a Holiday

Tired of work? Think about taking a holiday? Do you count the days till you’re time off has come? You aren’t alone. Now you just need to figure out what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go. There are several different ways that you can escape your desk and get the relaxation that you deserve. What follows are going to be some of the best ideas for a care free and no stress holiday. You put in your time, read up and get ready to plan for relaxation.

Take a Cruise

This is a great option for holiday no mater where you are in the world. There is no shortage of options. Cruises are great because once you board the ship, you don’t have to worry about anything else. Many ships come fully equipped with buffets at all times of the day, multiple pools, tanning decks, water slides, bars, clubs, excursions, and other fantastic amenities. Whether your cruise stops at different islands or you take a cruise to nowhere its bound to be a good time. You can drink, eat, and sleep all day with no worries that you won’t get to your next destination.

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Get a Timeshare

Timeshares are a great option for those who find a place they like and just want to keep going back. A timeshare is literally a home away from home a couple of weeks out of the year. What timeshares offer that a cruise doesn’t, is stability. You have a place that is yours and even more importantly, you have privacy. Real privacy not just a room but an entire house, apartment, or condo. I don’t care where you are but there is nothing like a home cooked meal and that is exactly what you’ll be able to do at your timeshare. But fair warning, you need to be careful about what the terms of your timeshare are. You want to make sure that you aren’t being taken advantage of with hidden fees and know what kind of cancellation fees they have. It’s always good to consult the pros when questions with your contract arise, work with Right Choice Transfer and you’re sure to be in good hands.

Stay at a Resort

This is another option that you can look into almost anywhere in the world (this becomes a common theme). You can find these places anywhere with nice weather from Jamaica to Gambia. Resorts are great because, like cruises, everything is taken care of before you even check in. When looking into resorts, I’d recommend going with all inclusive and if you can swing it, a premium package. When you get the premium package nothing is off limits. You can get anything off the menu and any top-shelf liquor at the bar for no extra cost. You always have options for excursions when staying at a resort. Depending on where you are it can be anything from horseback riding to scuba diving to climbing waterfalls. Its always a good idea to do an excursion or two so you can break out of the walls of the resort for a little change of scenery.