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5 Reasons to Visit Antarctica

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My bucket list keeps growing. It seems like the more I read about other people's travels, the more that I realize how much MORE I have to see and do. Planet Earth, why did you have to be so awesome?!

One thing that's stayed at the top of my bucket list for a while now has been a trip to Antarctica. While I haven't realized my dream (yet!!), here are the five reasons why I'm looking forward to a trip way down south at some point in my life:

5. A visit to Antarctica is not your typical vacation. Because of the temperatures, ice floes, and often volatile water conditions, you can't just rent your own skiff and head down to the South Pole. Visiting requires planning and careful packing--but the wildlife and the views make it completely worth it.

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4. You can see icebergs up close and personal. I know that ice can be dangerous (has anyone ever heard of the Titanic?), but it's also an incredibly powerful element that can manipulate mountains. I hail from Charleston, South Carolina, a place that gets about 0.23 inches of snow a year (levels that can still incite major panic into this flip flop wearing, beach loving city of mine). I have never seen ice or snow in a major way, so experiencing the climate and scenery of Antarctica would be something completely out of the ordinary for me.

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3. You can explore some of the old research stations. History and ruins can always get my attention, so you'd better believe that I'd been in line to check out the museum at the old British base on Goudier Island. Here, visitors can see how life at a research base in the 1950s would have been. Plus, as an added bonus, there's a post office here where you can send out postcards. I know I'd love to get some mail from Antarctica!

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2. There's an incredible amount of wildlife. From leopard seals and killer whales to Adelie and Gentoo penguins, you'll get to see animals that are otherwise only found in zoos or wildlife parks. Seeing a penguin in its natural habitat would be an experience that I would remember for the rest of my life.

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1. It's the last untouched place on earth. Other than a handful of researchers, no one lives in Antarctica. So, when you visit, it's just you, the animals, and nature for thousands of miles. About how many other places on this planet can you say the same?

Are you ready to bundle up and go? The best way to make your Antarctica dreams come true is by going on a cruise: companies like Hurtigruten offer some really amazing experiences at the bottom of the world.

Is Antarctica on your bucket list? What would you like to see or do in a South Pole trip? If you're one of the lucky people who's already made this journey, tell me all about it!

This was a collaborative post with Hurtigruten. All opinions are my own.