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Tomorrow is Obscura Day!

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You may recall our earlier post about the upcoming second annual International Obscura Day, and perhaps you’ve already made plans to attend one of the expeditions, back-room tours and unusual explorations this coming Saturday, April 9 in 103 cities and towns on all seven continents, from Albuquerque to Wellington, all the way to McMurdo Station…

Your Isolated Islands

Last week, we featured Jenna Schnuer’s write-up of the new book Atlas of Remote Islands: Places I Have Never Been and Never Will, and asked you, dear readers, to write in and tell us which remote island most intrigued you and why. And to be honest, it was one of the most vibrant, thoughtful batch…

Book Excerpt: From the Eyes of the Vikings

RED GLACIER, ALASKA Bergs and boulders form islands of ice and rock in the basin of the glacier. Welcome to the latest edition of Library Fridays, where we share an excerpt from one our upcoming titles from National Geographic Books. I was particularly enthused at just hearing the name of this week’s book, From the…

Bus2Antarctica: Andrew Speaks!

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Andrew Evans always dreamed of going to Antarctica. How he’d get there was another story. So he came to us with an idea: He’d take the bus. The rest, as they say, is history. Those of you who followed along with Andrew during his 10-week, 10,000 mile Bus2Antarctica journey learned to love the funny, poignant,…

Bus2Antarctica: Tea Time in the Falklands

Andrew Evans gets a taste of Falklands hospitality on Carcass Island.   Carcass Island is perhaps the least appetizing name for destination dining, but that’s exactly where I went to eat. As the name implies, I did see a few carcasses on the island, mostly little lumps of penguin bones–the sad endings of a few…

Bus2Antarctica Video: Regarding Shackleton

One cannot travel to Antarctica without immediately thinking about those who came before. And one name in particular always stands out: Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose adventures through the ice are some of the more iconic expeditions of all time. Andrew Evans reflects on retracing Shackleton’s footsteps, and the nature of exploration now. Maybe I’ve mentioned…

Bus2Antarctica Video: Coping with Penguin Addiction

We have a sneaking suspicion that Andrew Evans traveled the entire 10,000 miles by bus just to hang out with penguins. You don’t have to remind me: I know how lucky I am. I am lucky to travel so much and I am luckiest of all for getting to see so many penguins. I have…

Bus2Antarctia: South Georgia Splendor

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Andrew Evans is back from Antarctica, but he’s still blogging for us here at Intelligent Travel. Today he details the bleak, inhospitable conditions he found in the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. If you haven’t figured it out yet–I like really remote places. Barren, bleak, far flung–the less accessible, the better. You’d think Antarctica…

Bus2Antarctica Video: Seals the Deal

The Bus2Antarctica journey continues, as Andrew Evans unpacks his bags and downloads the infinite videos he took while traveling on board the National Geographic Explorer. Today’s topic of interest: Seals. I used to be one of those kids at the zoo with my face pressed against the glass, gazing underwater at the seals twisting and…

Bus2Antarctica Video: The Rare Black Penguin

Antarctica’s South Georgia Island has a population of several million penguins. I know that for a fact because I think I took that many pictures of them. One of those penguins happened to be black–all black–and perhaps you noticed, that one penguin’s been getting a bit of attention lately. Several people have asked if I…

Bus2Antarctica: Wild Point Wild

Andrew Evans has returned from Antarctica, and is now slightly more famous thanks to his black penguin sighting. But he’s still got a lot more of the story to tell… There are no elephants on Elephant Island. I know because I checked. The odd name derives from the huge populations of elephant seals–giant marine mammals…

Bus2Antarctica: Deception Island

Andrew Evans may be stuck in Ushuaia, waiting to find his way home, but here on the blog his trip continues, as we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of Antarctic content. In today’s post, Andrew explores the desolate outpost on Deception Island, where he actually went for a swim. There is a reason that…