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40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps

40 Crazy Facts About the World, in Maps Aug 15th, 2013 at 12:15PM: Andrew Fahmy If you love maps and data, you should click on over to TwistedSifter.com, which has rounded up 40 maps to give you perspective on the world. See the global distribution of McDonald's and the rainbow of Antarctica's time zones. You can marvel at America's rivers and many researchers, share the love of coffee and beer and sigh at our resistance to the metric system and paid maternity...

Antarctica Continues To Heat Up, As A Cruise Destination

Antarctica Continues To Heat Up, As A Cruise Destination Jul 2nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Crystal Cruises Antarctica is the southern most continent on Earth and can reach temperatures as low as −129°F (−89°C). But to cruise travelers, the home of the South Pole is one of the hottest new destinations around and cruise lines are sending them there in ever-increasing numbers. Once seen as a place of treks for hearty explorers, burly men of substance and adventure...

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole Jun 21st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Just weeks before Pat Farmer was scheduled to depart for a 20,919-kilometer run from the North to the South Pole, his major sponsor pulled out and he was faced with a choice: give up his dream to be the first man to run Pole-to-Pole or sell everything he owned to finance the expedition. Farmer, a 51-year-old Aussie who jokes he's been having mid-life crises since he ran his first ultra-marathon at...

Five Months After Antarctic Plane Crash, Crew Declared Dead

Five Months After Antarctic Plane Crash, Crew Declared Dead Jun 14th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Drew Coleman/Antarctic NZ Three crew members who were aboard an aircraft that went down in the Antarctic this past January were officially declared dead by a coroner in New Zealand this week as the inquiry into the accident got underway. The small Twin Otter airplane was en route from the South Pole to an Italian research station near Terra Nova Bay when it crashed into the side of a mountain....

Can't Afford Trip To Antarctica? Maybe A Simulated Experience Will Do

Can't Afford Trip To Antarctica? Maybe A Simulated Experience Will Do May 24th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Sam Howzit/ Flickr The idea of a trip to Antarctica is a bucket list item that few travelers have checked off. Tourism numbers are rising as Antarctica welcomes more visitors, but the cost to get there can be prohibitive. Now, Cruise ships head south to visit Antarctica more than ever before. But a luxury cruise ship is surely not a cheap ride. Still, a new theme park attraction might just have...

Antarctica Saw More Visitors In 2012

Antarctica Saw More Visitors In 2012 May 10th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) concluded their 24th annual meeting in Punta Arenas, Chile. Topics at the gathering included strategic planning for sustainable tourism in the Antarctic, methods of safe travel that can help protect the fragile ecosystem there and ways of enticing more travel companies to join the Association. During the...

Ski To The South Pole Just Like Prince Harry!

Ski To The South Pole Just Like Prince Harry! Apr 24th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Yesterday, we told you that Britain's Prince Harry is planning on joining an expedition to the South Pole later this year in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Walking with the Wounded program. The adventurous Prince will take part in a cross-country skiing race that will cover 335 kilometers (208 miles) in approximately 16 days, crossing the final three degrees of latitude before...

Britain's Prince Harry Racing To The South Pole In November

Britain's Prince Harry Racing To The South Pole In November Apr 23rd, 2013 at 8:00AM: We've known for sometime that Britain's Prince Harry has an adventurous streak in him, and I'm not just talking about those questionable photos that emerged from his now infamous trip to Las Vegas last year. In April of 2011, he joined an expedition that skied to the North Pole, although he was forced to depart early in order to be home in time for his brother's impending wedding. Last week it was...

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days Apr 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Traveling to seven continents in seven days is grueling enough. Throw in a daily match against a former professional squash player and that makes for some pretty exhausting travel. Two former pro squash players, Peter Nicol and Tim Garner, are in the midst of a week-long, 40,000-mile world tour in an effort to get squash into the 2020 summer Olympics. Their whirlwind competition ends in New...

Antarctica For Sissies? Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page

Antarctica For Sissies?  Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page Apr 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Antarctica draws the dreams of many and the visits of just a few. Located so very far from civilization, travel to Antarctica is the stuff of hearty explorers, burly men of substance and adventure travelers. Luxury cruise ships and their pampered passengers? Not so much. Until now. Seabourn has a fleet of small ships that travel around the world to amazing locations in opulent luxury,...

Busy Completing Your College Degree? Travel Abroad Can Help

Busy Completing Your College Degree? Travel Abroad Can Help Mar 1st, 2013 at 4:00PM: Approaching the finish line on completing a college degree, students often struggle to pick up a class here or an internship there. Between the need to graduate on time and summer jobs, travel abroad for a whole semester is not realistic for many. Now, a new alternative promises to give students that same international experience in a program that fits their timetable. People to People...

Packing For Extreme Cold Part II: The Expedition Layer

Packing For Extreme Cold Part II: The Expedition Layer Feb 27th, 2013 at 9:00AM: In Part I of "Packing for Extreme Cold Travel," I covered the basic stuff you'll pack for your adventures in crazy cold climates. If you do any winter sports at all, you'll likely have a lot of this stuff – it's your basic ski vacation gear. In this second part, I cover the serious expedition stuff – there's not much of it, but it makes all the difference between freezing...

Global Giveaway Sends Students Traveling Worldwide

Global Giveaway Sends Students Traveling Worldwide Jan 10th, 2013 at 4:00PM: In July 2012, People to People Ambassador Group sent students to Japan for the first time since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit in 2011. Partnering with MTV, People to People also ran an Act for Japan contest to give away one full tuition travel scholarship. Now the organization is partnering with actress Holly Robinson Peete to award five students with travel scholarships to...

Antarctica's Tallest Peak Captured, North Pole Not So Much

Antarctica's Tallest Peak Captured, North Pole Not So Much Dec 4th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Antarctica is our planet's southernmost continent and home to the South Pole, permanent manned research stations, penguins and an occasional adventure cruise ship expedition. This time of year, a lot of attention traditionally goes to Earth's North Pole, home of Santa and the gang. But NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory recently passed over Antarctica's tallest peak, Mount Vinson, as we see in this...

Video: A Plane Landing In Antarctica

Nov 23rd, 2012 at 8:00AM: Have you ever wondered how travelers to Antarctica get to and from the continent? I'm not talking about the thousands of tourists that go aboard a cruise ship each year. I'm referring to the explorers who ski to the South Pole or the research scientists who spend weeks studying the impact of climate change on the frozen continent. Most of them charter a flight aboard a plane operated by a company...

Aurora Expeditions Offers Free Polar Bear Photography Workshops In The Arctic

Aurora Expeditions Offers Free Polar Bear Photography Workshops In The Arctic Oct 22nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: For any traveler whose bucket list includes visiting the Arctic, Aurora Expeditions is giving you a reason to cross it off in 2013: free polar bear photography workshops. From August 5 to 18, 2013, cruise, passengers will explore the Arctic areas of Spitsbergen and eastern Greenland before docking in beautiful Isafjordur, Iceland. During the trip, they will have the opportunity to take...

Terra Nova Expedition Ship Discovered

Terra Nova Expedition Ship Discovered Aug 19th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The ship that gave the name to Captain Robert Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition has been found in the waters off Greenland, the Schmidt Ocean Institute reports. The SS Terra Nova took Scott's British team to Antarctica in 1910. They raced to be the first to the South Pole but were beaten by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian team by only a matter of days. On their way back, bad weather set in...

Antarctic Tourism Expected To Increase In 2012-2013

Antarctic Tourism Expected To Increase In 2012-2013 Jun 15th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) is predicting an increase in Antarctic tourism this year as adventurous travelers begin to return to the frozen continent in larger numbers. If that prediction holds true it will be the first time in four years that Antarctica will see an increase in visitors, which is good news for travel companies that operate in the region but...

Perverted Penguins Perplex Polar Pedestrian

Perverted Penguins Perplex Polar Pedestrian Jun 10th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Dr. George Murray Levick was fascinated with penguin sex. Back in 1911 and 1912, he was the first scientist to stay for an entire mating season in Antarctica in order to study penguin procreation. What he saw, however, confused him and shocked his traditional English morals. Penguin males were having gay sex, raping females, mounting the corpses of dead females and molesting penguin chicks....

Antarctica Heats Up As Popular Travel Destination

Antarctica Heats Up As Popular Travel Destination Apr 24th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Antarctica was once considered the horribly barren, frozen place that only brave scientists would travel to. In the past, if Antarctica was on a travel bucket list it was probably in the same category as "Walk on the Moon" or "Travel back in time." In other words, it probably was not going to happen. Recently, Antarctica has gained new popularity as a viable travel bucket list addition as more...

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