Announcing: Bus2Antarctica

It’s been a big year for our contributing editor Andrew Evans. He’s helped us learn how to track lions in Africa, he’s smuggled home lobsters from Maine, and he made his foray into reality television. But on January 1, 2010, he’s going to embark on a real adventure. We’ll let him explain the details…

500-x-BusHome.jpgI am taking the bus to Antarctica. A lot of buses, actually.

I’ve always wanted to go to Antarctica–ever since I knew that such a place existed. I have lots of good reasons: I want to stand on the seventh continent, to see the massive icebergs and the frozen landscape, to simply be at the bottom of the world. I adore penguins, yes, but besides all that, this is my dream. Everyone has a travel dream and this is mine: to get to Antarctica.

Can’t you just fly there? Yeah, I could. Nowadays you can fly just about anywhere in a day, but that’s just no fun. If there’s anything I’ve learned from reading Traveler, it’s that the journey itself matters.

And so, this is my journey: I leave next week from Washington, D.C., on a bus to Texas. I have a ticket to get me that far and after Texas, I’ll just keep catching buses south. I’ll ride through Mexico and all of Central America, hop the Panama Canal and skip over to Colombia, then ride buses all the way through South America to the southernmost tip of Argentina: the town of Ushuaia. I entered it all into GoogleMaps and the trip comes to around 10,000 miles.

They say the best journeys are the ones you don’t plan for and that’s my plan–to just keep going ’til I get there. Luckily, someone else has made a few plans for me. Whenever I get to the watery parts of my trip–like the Panama Canal–I’ll be taking a boat with Lindblad Expeditions. And when I reach Ushuaia, I will set sail on board the National Geographic Explorer, destination: Antarctica.

The National Geographic Society has sent a lot of explorers out into the world–brave men and women who set off to discover the unknown and share all of their findings with the rest of us back home. These great travelers still inspire us though the world has changed drastically since their time–travel is so much easier, more feasible. What’s more, our technology keeps ticking forward every second: I’m convinced my pocket-sized smart phone does more stuff than the piles of equipment carried on dogsleds by the explorers of old.

What hasn’t changed since the golden age of exploration is the underlying goal, which is to simply get out there and explore. Such is my intention with this trip: to explore from here to there and to share it with all of you. Scott kept a diary, Shackleton made a movie. I intend to do a little bit of both–to share my ten-week journey online as it happens, in words, pictures, video clips, and with my latest GPS coordinates. We have incredible media tools these days, and I intend to use them. We also have intercontinental flights and spaceships and things, but I still prefer the bus.

Andrew will leave from National Geographic Headquarters on January 1, 2010. Follow him for the next ten weeks here on the blog by bookmarking Bus2Antarctica, and on Twitter at @Bus2Antarctica.

Comments

  1. TonyGarlander
    February 20, 2011, 7:36 pm

    We have incredible media tools these days, and I intend to use them. We also have intercontinental flights and spaceships and things, but I still prefer the bus.
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    November 3, 2010, 10:24 pm

    us to Texas. I have a ticket to get me that far and after Texas, I’ll just keep catching buses south. I’ll ride through Mexi shopping bag supplier

  4. Indonesia Travel
    October 31, 2010, 6:59 am

    This is very touching trip. To show unseen places in every country he passed.
    I really want to follow his bravery..

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  6. Mick Stop
    September 28, 2010, 11:44 pm

    Actual travel is a quality that trips lack now. Getting to the destination should be a part of the adventure.
    Glad to know that you’re an adventurous traveler.

  7. mick stop
    September 13, 2010, 8:41 pm

    A trip to Antarctica. That it self sounds like an adventure. Will check back this place for more posts. Wishing a thrilling adventure!

  8. dale kenyon
    August 8, 2010, 5:49 pm

    Did Andrew actually set foot in Antarctica??????
    How did andrew get from Ushuaia to Antarctica???
    How much did it cost Andrew????
    How could I do the same thing????

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    July 24, 2010, 9:21 am

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    July 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

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  16. Date Palms
    July 14, 2010, 7:31 pm

    Andrew, i’m a big fan of you. I’m following you on twitter. I really want to know what it feels like to take a bus all the way to Antarctica. It sounds really amazing. Good luck!

  17. Melannie
    July 9, 2010, 2:32 am

    Best of luck, I wish to make it there one of these days. Make sure to post a ton of pics on the blog!!!

  18. Johnn
    July 9, 2010, 2:30 am

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  19. Malkolm
    July 8, 2010, 10:47 am

    Good luck, Andrew! Looking forward to your travelling journal. I only just found NG Traveller online, before I used to buy it regularly, but this is better- all in one place,
    Thank you

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    July 8, 2010, 10:38 am

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    July 5, 2010, 2:36 pm

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  22. Bernard
    January 12, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Wow.. have a great trip!!

  23. Mary Zabivnik
    January 7, 2010, 9:43 am

    What a wonderful trip….Patagonia and Antartica all in one trip and you do not have to fly…How grand. Have fun!!!!!
    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    The sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

  24. Name Tags
    January 7, 2010, 1:05 am

    Andrew,
    Best of luck, I wish to make it there one of these days. Make sure to post a ton of pics on the blog!!!

  25. Anton
    January 6, 2010, 9:37 pm

    OMG! You’d be surprised if I tell you that my ultimate dream is the same as yours, going to Antarctica and be mesmerized with the beautiful landscapes and the animals.
    Someday I’ll do that to! Well, at least I have half journey made since I live in Venezuela, haha!

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    January 3, 2010, 11:01 pm

    I’m deeply impressed by my unintended words at that site. So, let your trip guide me through the jungle of words and misery of thoughts from different origins.

  27. Jeanine Barone
    January 3, 2010, 11:31 am

    Wishing you a fabulous trip, Andrew. I’m following all your cool tweets.
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  28. Brittany
    January 2, 2010, 1:12 pm

    This trip sounds simply amazing!! Have a wonderful time!

  29. Scott Burgess
    January 1, 2010, 7:21 pm

    Good luck with the trip and stay as unplanned as possible. You’re entering a different world on the buses of the the world and we’re looking forward to following your journey. Godspeed.

  30. Jeffery Fogg
    December 31, 2009, 12:30 am

    I’m at McMurdo Station now and have been since August 19th!! This place is Beautiful. You’ll enjoy it also…

  31. cora
    December 30, 2009, 9:01 pm

    Wow, you are going to have an amazing journey!! good luck to u, be safe and take to many picture’s. Life is good…

  32. Family on Bikes
    December 29, 2009, 9:39 pm

    When you blast past us, would you please – pretty please with a cherry on top – stop to say hi! We are biking to Ushuaia, so are going a *tad* bit slower than you are, but we’ll get there eventually! You’ll see us on the side of the road – on bicycles with two kids and two parents. Can’t miss us!
    But seriously – please contact us at familyonbikes at gmail dot com when you get to Ecuador. We’ll most likely be in southern Ecuador or northern Peru when you pass through.
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    December 28, 2009, 4:00 am

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  34. Another Evans
    December 25, 2009, 10:41 am

    Way to go, Drew! I’m so glad you’re getting your dream! Love you, bro!

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    December 24, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Good luck, Andrew! Looking forward to your travelling journal. I only just found NG Traveller online, before I used to buy it regularly, but this is better- all in one place,
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  36. BhutanTravel
    December 23, 2009, 11:30 pm

    Hi Andrew.Lucky you. Exciting indeed! look forward to your tweets. Have two friends in Antartica. One is at the McMurdoch station. Wonder where you will be in Antartica.It will be nice if you guys can connect.Enjoy! Happy Holidays/New Year!
    Lotay from Bhutan,Himalayas.@BridgeToBhutan (Twitter)

  37. Zach Everson
    December 23, 2009, 7:07 pm

    Very cool–loookin forward to following your travels (especially your stint at DC’s bus station).

  38. Sophie
    December 23, 2009, 5:19 pm

    How utterly exciting! Looking forward to an Antarctica trip myself, just have to wait till my youngest daughter is old enough for the expedition companies.
    I’ll definitely follow your trip on twitter.

  39. Tim
    December 23, 2009, 3:14 pm

    Good luck Andrew! I’m looking forward to keeping tabs on your amazing adventures.

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    December 23, 2009, 3:14 pm

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