Antarctica: From a Kid’s Perspective

Antarctica, South Georgia the Falkland Islands
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Eileen Ogintz, family travel writer from takingthekids.com, joins us on our Family Antarctica departure this year. She is sharing the kids’ perspectives on what an A&K cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands is all about. Take a look at her day-by-day experience and why this is the perfect destination to inspire all ages.

 

On a Cruise to Antarctica – 34 Kids and a Whole Lot of Enthusiasm

December 21, 2016 –  By Eileen Ogintz

“Heaps of Albatross,” reports Thomas, 13, from Melbourne, Australia.

“Rockhopper penguins were jumping,” adds Marcos, 12, from Montclair, NJ.

“Two whale spouts,” declares Ryan, 13, San Diego, CA.

And it’s just the first day aboard ‘Le Boreal’ heading on two-week adventure cruise from Southern Argentina to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands and Antarctica. Even more amazing than the wildlife, perhaps, is that these Young Explorers, part of the group of 34 kids on board — a record number for this Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) — trip, are already such fast friends.

They hadn’t even met until this morning; by lunchtime, after a get-to-know-you game (TRUTH or LIE: “I’ve petted a cheetah!” “I’ve broken both wrists!” “I’ve been on the Great Wall of China!” “I have four cats!”) and a scavenger hunt around the ship organized by the two experienced Young Explorer leaders on board, Jeff Manker and Kristin Wornson, a gaggle of them had commandeered a table together for lunch and were chattering as if they ate lunch together everyday.

Read more on takingthekids.com.

December 22 – Who knew? A trip to the Fire Station in the Falkland Islands

December 23 – On the Southern Ocean, dissecting a squid is what you do

December 24 – Whales and Christmas Carole on the high Southern Seas

December 25 – Christmas morning on South Georgia Island – Tens of thousands of penguins

December 27 – Day two on South Georgia Island – A visit to the old Whaling Station

December 28 – Last day on South Georgia Island – Learning animal behavior

December 29 – Kids learn about sailing the most difficult waters on Earth aboard ‘Le Boreal’

December 30 – Watch for whales, seabirds and penguins on icebergs in the Antarctic

December 31 – Day one in Antarctica: Kids try a spin in the zodiacs

January 1 – Snow fun in the sun in Antarctica on New Year’s Eve!

January 2 – New Year’s Day to remember: On the ice and with the whales in Antarctica

January 3 – Memories for a lifetime: Kids on an expedition to the Antarctic

 

 

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Explained: Africa’s Inspiring “Little Five”

African Tree

Finding all of the “Big Five” — leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion and rhinoceros — on an African safari can be challenging enough, but locating the continent’s “Little Five” takes a keener eye. John Niva, safari guide and Tour Manager for A&K’s Africa Private Jet journeys, weighs in on these smaller creatures and where to spot them.

Ant Lion1. Ant Lion

Not an ant and definitely not a lion, this insect is actually the larval stage of a flying insect. “It is one of the most ferocious larvae,” John says. “Woe to any ant that slides down into its funnel-shaped sand trap, where the ant lion lies with its pincers ready.” Once its prey falls in, the ant lion literally sucks its prey dry and discards the empty husk outside the hole. Continue Reading ›

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Why Should 007 Have All the Fun? Visit Exotic James Bond Movie Locations with A&K

Daniel Craig as James Bond, 007, in Spectre
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Rome, Italy

In what may well be Daniel Craig’s last outing as indestructible super spy James Bond, Spectre opens worldwide this month, offering movie goers the usual irresistible Bond recipe of fast cars, high-tech gadgets, diabolical super villains, gorgeous ladies and inimitable derring-do from agent 007.

Like all 23 series entries before it, Spectre presents a cinematic travelogue of some of the world’s most exotic and intriguing locales, starting in Rome, Italy, home to such iconic sites as the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. Continue Reading ›

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Some of the Most Haunted Places in the World

Haunted Places Around the World

The Halloween season is upon us, and with it comes the chance to explore some of the world’s creepiest haunted sites in distant destinations. Hidden in plain view, it turns out some are more gruesome than you’d think.

Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, ScotlandSituated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, mysterious Mary King’s Close (“street of sorrows”) is a warren of streets hidden beneath the Royal Mile. According to urban legends, hauntings resulted after plague victims were quarantined and built into the walls or left to die in the close. Now a commercial tourist attraction, the close offers a glimpse into Edinburgh’s past from the 16th to 19th centuries. Continue Reading ›

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Track Wildlife Like the Pros on Your African Safari

Track Wildlife Like the Pros on Your African Safari

A&K’s expert safari guides spend years honing their wildlife-tracking skills. The good news is you can get a leg up with our handy diagram featuring some of the most common tracks you’ll encounter — whether of the massive white rhino, lightning-fast cheetah or lanky giraffe — during a luxury African safari.

Keep this guide at the ready and train your eyes — because fascinating encounters await at every turn. Continue Reading ›

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