Last month, I embarked on what would become the greatest adventure of my life to date, to the coldest, highest, windiest, driest place on earth: Antarctica. Venturing into this part of the world demands that you confront your fears, overcome the elements and allow yourself to feel humbled in the face of an untamed wilderness. You know that timeworn phrase, “It’s the journey, not the destination?” Nowhere is that more true than in Antarctica. Not because the destination is not a vital and worthy sight, but because it is inextricably linked with the journey. You simply cannot have one without the other.
Here is a look into what an adventure in Antarctica looks like with Intrepid Travel, a small group tour operator offering trips on all seven continents, including both of the polar regions.