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There are a few ways to visit Antarctica. Remember that nothing is ever guaranteed and it's quite possible with weather that you might not make it there. Cruises: Larger cruises often will get you close but not to the land. You'll have the comforts of cruising. These big ships may be regulated soon. Smaller ships will often let you get right onto land. ...


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The ocean floor. Any other unexplored spots pale in comparison with about 75% of the planet's surface covered by oceans, of which hardly anything deeper than 100m has been meaningfully explored. There are literally millions of square kilometers about which we know nothing except a very coarse-grained depth profile. There could be a hundred sunken Atlantises ...


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Almost all tourist methods leave from Ushuia, in Argentina. You could get work on a boat, book a cruise, or take a tour with GAP Adventures, among others. However, there is almost NO cheap option. However, if you're after a cheaper option and have some time to spare, arrive in November. It's the start of the season and many of the boats aren't full. As ...


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Probably Somalia. In 2010, there was a Canadian man who disembarked from his plane in Mogadishu claiming to be a tourist, and the officials were in such disbelief that Somalia had a tourist that they detained him and it made the news. An immigration official is quoted as saying that the Canadian was “the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism". ...


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Work in Antarctica: USA vacancies: Degree Requirements M.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related field is required. B.S. in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field and substantial (equivalent to a masters degree) experience will be considered. Russian vacancies (from here): ...


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Another approach you can take involves getting seasonal work as an unskilled laborer in support of one of the governments doing research there. In particular I think Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and Russia have big Antarctic programs and thus employ a lot of civilians. If you're looking for a job at one of the American stations, almost all ...


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You can go to French Guyana or Suriname. Both countries are for 80% covered by the Amazon rain forest and they are not touristic hotspots. Being part of the EU, French guyana would provides a safety net, comparable to EU standards. My favorite being a bauxite-covered road with the road sign "Bienvenue sur l'autoroute de France" and the accompanying orange ...


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Roads, pretty much by definition, are mapped somewhere. In northern Ontario there are "logging roads" which were made by the logging companies and don't have the same legality as a road made by government (municipal or otherwise.) But if someone got out some heavy equipment and made a road, there is a map somewhere that shows it. It just might not be a ...


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Maybe the next Movile cave, which has been separated from the rest of the world for millions years, until 1986? Or some remote mountains on the south of Chile: Access is difficult and weather is not friendly. I would not be surprised if some have not been climbed yet.


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Unfortunately no, according to Wikitravel. There is no road or rail system. The easiest way to get around Greenland is by plane, particularly Air Greenland. In the summer, Arctic Umiaq Line passenger ships provide service to destinations between Narsarsuaq and Uummannaq along the west coast. Of course, if you got a skidoo or dog sled, you could ...


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I recommend you to go with a local guide instead of an international one. You may find some very different options depending on the city you plan to start. You can start in Belem, near the ocean and go through the river to the deep continent or you can start directly in Manaus. Both are big cities and you will find good places to stay there.


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You can cross the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi-Zakho and travel throughout Kurdish Iraq without any problems. In the past (before 2008), the border was a bit more difficult as the Turks and Iraqi border guards were much more suspicious of non-locals crossing, but now they don't even look twice. You'll get a 10-day visa on arrival at the border although it ...


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I've actually just written a book called 'How to Get to the North Pole' so may be able to help. The first thing to note is that there are several different north poles. The one most commonly referred to is the Geographic North Pole but if you consider the Magnetic North Pole as a viable alternative then that opens up a couple of other options. The North ...


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There are some companies that offer trips to the north pole on ice breakers. They're not very economical, though. Here's one of several that came up on Google: Quark Expeditions The 2013 trip takes about two weeks and costs $24,000 not counting your expenses to get to Helsinki and get home again from Helsinki afterwards.


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One of the most infamous ones is the prison in La Paz, Bolivia - the San Pedro prison. This prison was made famous in the book "Marching Powder". (source: Wikipedia) This prison is basically run by the prisoners, and even the guards don't enter the prison. Tourists aren't "meant" to go in, but there's a way, for sure. Obviously, you do this at your own ...


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One way would be to go through an Adventure travel company that offers trips in the region. They'll have their own trained guides that have extensive knowledge of the area and will generally have lots of reviews so you can get an idea of whether or not the trip is good. Examples http://www.gapadventures.com/ - Great trips through the amazon ...


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Some companies offer trips to the North pole. For example Hauser Exkursionen. This is a well established company that offers all kind of excursions from the north pole, to the Mount Everest or a desert. Unfortunately the information is in German, but I think it is possible to understand a little bit of it. Hauser Exkursionen However, as you can see, it is ...


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For the mountain has not been explored yet : Gamburtsev The Gamburtsev Mountain Range (also known as the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains) is a subglacial mountain range located in Eastern Antarctica, near Dome A.The range was discovered by the 3rd Soviet Antarctic. It is approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) long, and the mountains are believed to be ...


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There is a somewhat relevant list for that. I only found this PDF linked on from wikipedia with solid numbers, but they never show the raw data; a Top50 by arrivals or by tourist spending is all they offer. Another source for this data seems to be http://www.ipkinternational.com/ - but you have to purchase the records. Wolfram alpha has no data for this ...


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Getting a ride in an ex-military jet is totally doable; pilots love to fly, and it's even better when someone else is footing the bill. Ex-military aircraft in private ownership are often called "warbirds", and searching for that term will provide many leads. Here's one: http://www.warbirdalley.com/fly.htm Take a ride in a warbird! Here are links ...


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In July I was in Tajikistan, along the Afghanistan border. I met a LOT of travellers going there. Indeed, the Central Asia Lonely Planet (English version) has a picture of a temple from within Afghanistan. It was sooo tempting. However, due to a slight medical emergency, I had to backtrack from Khorog along the Afghanistan border again to Dushanbe and ...


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Try Egypt, or the Sahara at large. Last year a WWII british airplane was found 70 years after it made an emergency landing in Egypt. The poor pilot made it safely on to the ground, the sad part is that it took 70 years before some one else came along. It was still in pristine condition. In that time simply nobody passed that location. Who knows what still ...


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Many Parts of New Guinea have not been reached yet because of extensive forestation: The uncontacted tribes in the Brazilian Amazon are fascinating! Here is a link to a video clip of a flyover, where you can peek into the lives people who have never been contacted before!


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Virgin Galactic is now saying it will be in 2013 ( http://m.engadget.com/2012/07/15/richard-branson-confirms-virgin-galactics-first-space-tourism-f/ and http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/item/xxx/ ) and $200,000 per person. I have no affiliation; a friend of mine is on the waiting list. As http://www.virgingalactic.com/booking/ explains, your choices are to ...


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Some crossings that are longer than 1000 km, as the crow flies: Travemünde–Helsinki: 1095 km Cadiz–La Palma: 1382 km Hirsthals–Seyðisfjörður: 1504 km Alaska Marine Highway has some long routes: Selgovia–Dutch Harbor (1096 km), Bellingham–Skagway (1451 km). But nothing beats Bellingham–Homer with 2219 km. Question is if this is still a ferry considering it ...


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I've only been to Amazon jungle near Manaus, Brazil. If you're imagining yourself and a guide whacking your way though the jungle I think you're going to be disappointed. There are many developments on both sides of the river and lots of boat traffic. Most tourists stay at a "jungle lodge" which is typically just a simple hotel set on the riverbank. ...


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It is possible to go to Iraq. Business people travel there regularly, although they normally travel with security. There's a pretty good summary of the area here. Kurdistan seems to be one of the more stable areas, and the border with Iran seems to be pretty scary. I would be afraid to travel in Iraq, but then I'm also afraid to go to Colombia, which is ...


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I can't tell you an exact number, but I found a more or less interesting site: http://www.travelscience.com/framed_pages/main_frame/travel_library/Travel_Topics_DeepSea_Travel.htm Especially the deep sea section should be what you're looking for. Especially this operator provides some deep sea tours. I couldn't find anything similar and haven't heard of it ...


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A trip to the North Pole will not be "economical," BY DEFINITION. Hence, you might have a hard time finding one that meets your needs. That's only partly because going there is inherently expensive. In most "civilized" parts of the world, there is the potential for cheap "deals," because the "full cost" has already been paid by someone ELSE. That is, a home ...



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