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Time seriously flies when you’re having fun. It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone, the holidays are soon to be upon us, only to be followed swiftly by the onset of another new year! Yes, before we know it it will be 2014 and we will be ringing it in somewhere simply extraordinary: the South Pole. Far from your average holiday escape, this January 1-11, 2014, will mark TQ’s fifth journey to Antarctica and the geographic South Pole. A region traversed by only the most adventurous, the South Pole offers an awe-inspiring escape with a lifetime of memories to boot.

DSCN0996Despite a somewhat storied history since the early 1800’s, the first humans to reach the geographic South Pole came from the Norwegian camp of Roald Amundsen on December 14, 1911. Thirty-four days later, the spot was conquered by Britain’s Robert Falcon Scott, who had just lost a race with Amundsen after his two failed attempts in 1901-04. Now, more than a century later, you can walk in their very footsteps under the expertise of the seasoned TravelQuest team.

Intrigued? Here’s what is in store: four nights’ accommodations in Chile’s Patagonia region to visit a coastal colony of more than 10,000 Magellanic penguins, a flight into the heart of Antarctica with transportation to basecamp at Union Glacier (79°S) and an overnight at the South Pole (90°S). At that point, we will have accomplished something that few people will ever have the opportunity to do in their lives. With nothing but the sound of the wind in your ears and endless white stretching in every direction, a sense of peace and pride overcomes as we will celebrate not only a new year, but the achievement of a lifetime.

For more information on the Expedition to Antarctica, view the full itinerary here. Here’s to the great adventures ahead, this year and beyond!

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