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How to Prepare for your Expedition: from Packing Tips to Insurance

  • Crossing the Drake Passage: How to Prepare for the Drake Shake

    Crossing the Drake Passage: How to Prepare for the Drake Shake

    Am I going to get seasick crossing the Drake Passage, and will it ruin my trip? The Drake causes more pre-trip anxiety than any other aspect of an Antarctic expedition. Here’s what to expect.

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  • Ushuaia, Argentina: Much More Than Your Gateway to the Antarctic

    Ushuaia, Argentina: Much More Than Your Gateway to the Antarctic

    What can you see and do in Ushuaia, Argentina, en route to your Antarctic expedition? Learn more about this fascinating South American port town and how you can make the most of every minute here.

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  • Must-Know Arctic Expedition Info: Currency, Language & More

    Must-Know Arctic Expedition Info: Currency, Language & More

    What do you need to know about the countries and regions you’ll visit during your Arctic expedition? Explore languages, currencies, entry requirements and more.

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  • A Vegan Traveler's Antarctic Experience: What to Expect on a Visit to the 7th Continent

    A Vegan Traveler's Antarctic Experience: What to Expect on a Visit to the 7th Continent

    In this post, Rebecca Gilbert recounts her experience in Antarctica. She talks about life as a vegan passenger on one of our voyages to the 7th Continent and offers tips for fellow vegan travelers.

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  • The View from the Bridge: What Are Your Captain & Expedition Leader Up To?

    The View from the Bridge: What Are Your Captain & Expedition Leader Up To?

    What does an “Open Bridge” policy mean? See how the open bridge on small ship expeditions with Quark gives you greater insight into your polar explorations!

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  • 3 Memories of a Lifetime from my Antarctic Expedition

    3 Memories of a Lifetime from my Antarctic Expedition

    In this post, Rebecca Gilbert recounts her experience in Antarctica. She talks about life as a vegan passenger on one of our voyages to the 7th Continent and offers tips for fellow vegan travelers.

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  • Navigate the Arctic in 5 Minutes4:54

    Navigate the Arctic in 5 Minutes

    Not sure where to travel in the Arctic? Our short webinar on Baffin Island, Spitsbergen, and Greenland might be able to help! Learn more about our itineraries: http://www.quarkexpeditions.com/en/arcti

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  • How to Dress Onboard a Polar Expedition Ship

    How to Dress Onboard a Polar Expedition Ship

    In this post, our Merchandise Manager will advise you on what gear you in order to stay dry, happy and safe aboard any of our expedition ship before you embark on a voyage to the Polar Regions.

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  • How to Pack for the Polar Regions

    How to Pack for the Polar Regions

    Nadine Ponte shares her advice about packing for the Polar Regions, suggestions about gear and exclusive tips for travelers heading to Antarctica and the Arctic.

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  • What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

    What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

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  • Packing Tips for a Fly Cruise to Antarctica

    Packing Tips for a Fly Cruise to Antarctica

    Preparing for a polar expedition can be a daunting task.  “How cold will it be”? “What type of gear should I bring”? “Is one pair of gloves enough”?  No stranger to the world of cold weather gear,...

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  • A Polar Travel Adviser Shares Her Best Antarctica Fly/Cruise Travel Tips

    A Polar Travel Adviser Shares Her Best Antarctica Fly/Cruise Travel Tips

    by Caren Rapp Twenty-three years ago, I took my first Antarctic adventure, and I’ve been helping others discover the seventh continent ever since. And recently, I had the opportunity to experience...

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  • Where Is the Arctic & How Can I Get There?

    Where Is the Arctic & How Can I Get There?

    This popular post was first published in 2015.  Unlike a lot of places you might dream of visiting, the Arctic isn’t just a single country or destination. And yet there’s an iconic arctic...

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  • What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

    What Photography Gear Should You Bring to Antarctica?

    This popular guest post  by Dave Bouskill, photographer and half of the travel couple The Planet D was first published in 2013.  Congratulations! You’ve bought your ticket to Antarctica! So you’ve...

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  • 3 Things to Leave at Home When on Your Expedition

    3 Things to Leave at Home When on Your Expedition

    Where do you even begin packing for a cruise to the most isolated and pristine places on the planet? If you’re wondering what kinds of things to take on a cruise to the Polar Regions with Quark...

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  • Peace of Mind for Your Polar Expedition: the Best Travel Insurance Options For Your Voyage

    Peace of Mind for Your Polar Expedition: the Best Travel Insurance Options For Your Voyage

    You can always expect the unexpected on your voyage to the Polar regions -- like when luck prevails and we see polar bears on an ice floe within sight of our expedition ships, or when you witness...

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  • 5 Polar Expedition Rules for Your Most Rewarding Vacation Yet

    5 Polar Expedition Rules for Your Most Rewarding Vacation Yet

    Have you ever had one of those I-blinked-and-I-missed-it vacations? You so looked forward to it, but it’s over and you only have a few photos to show for it! Even if they’re not bad or regrettable...

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  • How to Plan a Physically & Emotionally Rewarding Polar Expedition

    How to Plan a Physically & Emotionally Rewarding Polar Expedition

    The benefits of vacations are clear -- time away from the daily grind helps us relax, refocus, and come back more productive and even happier. More and more though, people are finding that simply...

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  • Top 4 Reasons Antarctic Expeditions Make the Best Holiday Cruises

    Top 4 Reasons Antarctic Expeditions Make the Best Holiday Cruises

    Have you started your holiday list yet? Studies show that most of us are a bit jaded with the commercialized nature of the holiday season. Perhaps it’s time to think outside the proverbial gift...

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  • When to Visit Antarctica: A Traveler’s Guide to the 7th Continent

    When to Visit Antarctica: A Traveler’s Guide to the 7th Continent

    We often hear of Antarctic cruises being referred to as once in a lifetime trips. It’s a bucket list destination: an experience you have to have at some point in your life.

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