7 Continents in 7 Weeks: My RTW Trip

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4th Jan 2013
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Petermann Island, Antarctica
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Culver Bay, Antarctica
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Deception Island, South Shetlands
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Half Moon Island, South Shetlands
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Iceberg Graveyard, Antarctica
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Iceberg Graveyard, Antarctica
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Iceberg Graveyard, Antarctica
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Patagonia, Chile
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Patagonia, Chile
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Canary Islands, Spain
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Mount Kilimanjaro
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Zanzibar
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Zanzibar
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Singapore
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Singapore
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Nikoi Island, Indonesia
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Phuket, Thailand
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Similan Islands, Thailand
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Blue Mountains, Australia
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Hardy Reef Pontoon, Great Barrier Reef
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Whitsunday Islands, Australia
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Great Barrier Reef, Australia
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Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef
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Whitsunday Islands, Australia
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Aspen, Colorado

This was the BIG one! My 8th annual round-the-world trip in January 2013 and the year I would finally make it to my 7th continent...Antarctica. Due to the time involved getting to Antarctica and the fact that I had a little more free time than usual, I decided to extend the trip to 7 weeks. I again used frequent flier miles for the RTW ticket but the cost of the Antarctica expedition put this trip way over the top of my usual budget. But, Antarctica is one of those once-in-a-lifetime destinations and it was worth every penny. The full itinerary included:

Antarctica

Patagonia

Canary Islands

Victoria Falls

the Great Barrier Reef

Aspen

Starting point for a 10-day journey to Antarctica.

Photo of Ushuaia, Argentina by Jenny McIver

Rough seas on the 2-day crossing through the Drake Passage.

Photo of Drake Passage by Jenny McIver

Whale bones on Jougla Island near the former British research station of Port Lockroy.

Photo of Port Lockroy, Antarctica by Jenny McIver

First continental landing on the Antarctic peninsula.

Photo of Neko Harbor, Antarctica by Jenny McIver

Whale-watching from a zodiac in Pleneau Bay (also known as the Iceberg Graveyard).

Photo of Pleneau Island, Antarctica by Jenny McIver

Gentoo penguin and chick.

Photo of Petermann Island, Antarctica by Jenny McIver

My 2nd time at an Explora property (the first was on Easter Island) and it was equally superb. Perfect location inside Torres del Paine National Park and this was the view from my room.

Photo of Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile by Jenny McIver

View of Lake Pehoe from the lodge.

Photo of Torres del Paine National Park, Última Esperanza Province, Chile by Jenny McIver

A few days of R&R in the Canary Islands.

Photo of Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa, Las Palmas, Spain by Jenny McIver

More rainbows than I've ever seen in a single day. Magnificent!

Photo of Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe by Jenny McIver

Located on Nungwi Beach right next to the fishing village of Nungwi.

Photo of Doubletree Zanzibar Nungwi, Zanzíbar, Zanzibar North, Tanzania by Jenny McIver

During a 4-day stay in Phuket, I took an excellent day trip out to the Similan Islands.

Photo of Similan Islands Lam Kaen Phang-nga Thailand by Jenny McIver

My beachfront bungalow on the private island eco-resort of Nikoi Island.

Photo of Nikoi Island, Teluk Bakau, Riau Islands, Indonesia by Jenny McIver

The sky-high infinity pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

Photo of Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore by Jenny McIver

Friday night happy hour in Sydney Harbour!

Photo of Opera Bar, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia by Jenny McIver

Took a drive from Sydney out to the Blue Mountains to see the Three Sisters.

Photo of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia by Jenny McIver

From Sydney, it was on to the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef and a stay at this amazing resort.

Photo of Hayman Island, Queensland, Australia by Jenny McIver

Diving the Great Barrier Reef.

Photo of Great Barrier Reef, Australia by Jenny McIver

A helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef was one of the most incredible things I've ever done!

Photo of Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia by Jenny McIver

Flying over Whitsunday Island.

Photo of Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia by Jenny McIver

Wrapping up RTW #8 by meeting the girls in Aspen for a ski & spa weekend.

Photo of St. Regis Aspen, East Dean Street, Aspen, CO, United States by Jenny McIver

First day of ski lessons for two rookies.

Photo of Buttermilk Mountain, Colorado 82, Aspen, CO, United States by Jenny McIver

Deciding it was better to stick to apres-ski.

Photo of The Westin Snowmass Resort, Elbert Lane, Snowmass, CO, United States by Jenny McIver
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Swastika Rathi
Amazing... Great pictures and it's nice to come across such a trip.. Variety is the word I can think of at this point. Happy travelling :)
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