While I was sitting here and thinking about an interesting topic to write about Antarctica that every traveler should know, I came to realize that the continent alone was interesting and truly unique! That was when it hit me completely and then I just thought of listing down at least 10 of the continent’s interesting and important facts! This way, travelers who are dreaming to visit the continent (perhaps take a cruise or something),would know what to expect and maybe strike up a conversation with someone (particularly those who are into traveling alone).
It’s always useful to be aware one way or another, right? So here are Facts About Antarctica That Travelers Should Know. Check out this short but definitely educational list that we have here!
1. When you visit the continent, Antarctica has no visa requirements. Though passport is still needed and must be valid for at least six months beyond your departure date.
2. Hypothermia, sunburn, dehydration, frostbite and snow blindness are just some of the health risks when visiting the continent. It is best to have pre-trip, first-aid reading before going on a trip.
3. Polar Bears can be found in the Arctic, not in Antarctica. Penguins, on the other hand, lives in Antarctica and has a total of six (6) known species residing there.
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4. Among all continents in the world, Antarctica has no timezone. Most people traveling through the continent set their time from the country that they were from.
5. If the ice sheets on the entire continent would melt, ocean levels across the world would rise by 200-201 feet.
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6. Due to the temperature and the conditions in Antarctica, there are no permanent residents here. Scientists are among the few people who frequently visit the continent.
7. For travelers that are interested with meteorites, Antarctica provides a great place to go meteorite-hunting since the ice that surrounds the continent preserves them and protects them from corrosion. It has been noted that since 1970, there have been more than 10,000 meteorites discovered where a few are up to 700,000 years old.
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8. Aside from being the coldest place on earth, Antarctica is also the driest place there is! It has an average precipitation of about 10 cm per year.
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9. The austral summer in Antarctica is from November through March or April and brings about the tourism peak for the continent.
10. Traditionally, cruise ships provides expedition to Antarctica, though they are unable to bring passengers to shore. Expedition-sized boats are available, however, that carry more than 13 but fewer than 500 passengers.
Cruise ships to Antarctica right here!