Going somewhere truly unusual is becoming increasingly difficult as more and more destinations are opening their doors for business. But I think it’s safe to say that the Antarctic will probably never emerge as a mainstream holiday spot!
However, according to igougo the French Antarctic islands allow a small dribble of tourists each year and might be your best opportunity of getting a flavour of Antarctic life.
Officially owned by several countries the islands have no airports and are arrived at by voyage on a scientific ship, which departs from Reunion Island four times a year. The ship only accepts 14 visitors on each trip with the rest of the ships passengers made up of scientists, support personnel and relatives of those who have family members living on the islands. It’s safe to say that you’re not going to get a luxury cruise but what you do get is the opportunity to see locations rarely visited by human beings and which harbour a rich diversity of wildlife that includes various species of penguin, seals, whales, orca, albatross and breathtaking scenery to boot.
From beginning to end the round trip totals 29 days and is broken up by hops from Reunion to Crozet onto Kerguelen, Saint Paul (which is uninhabited), Amsterdam and then back to Reunion.
If you’re visiting the UK and wondering where to visit, give some serious consideration to the Dorset coast. This unique part of the world has recently been listed a World Heritage Site and rightly so. Comprising rugged coast line, unique geological formations of Triassic, Cretaceous and Jurassic strata which are perfect for amateur fossil hunters, excellent sailing (The 2012 Olympic Sailing events will be held in Dorset), bird watching and much more.
One of my favourite destinations is Iceland. It may not appeal to everybody but it certainly is different. The people are tremendously friendly, the landscape is pretty much unlike anything you will have seen before, the food is great and believe it or not they even grow a proportion of their own bananas!
The only problem is that it’s expensive.