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11 reasons why polar bears are cool all year round

To celebrate our latest offer, giving you up to £740 off Arctic & Antarctica expeditions, (How n-ice of us!) we thought we’d tell you exactly why polar bears are cool all year round.

1.Polar bears may look white, but their fur is made of clear, hollow tubes filled with air
2. They keep themselves clean by rolling in the snow
3. They have no natural enemies (surely the seals must secretly hate them?!)
4. When they aren’t hunting, they rest for up to 20 hours a day

 

5. They have built-in socks. Kind of. The stiff fur on the soles of their feet keep them from slipping on ice
6. Beneath their white coats, their skin is black. Don’t ever Google ‘shaved polar bear’, you’ll never look at them in the same way again
7. Adult polar bears can measure over 2.5m long and weigh around 680kg, making them the largest living carnivores on Earth!

 

8. When born, a cub weighs about the size of a guinea pig
9. Polar bears are camouflaged to most animals, the expectation being reindeer which see in ultraviolet light
10. Cubs stay with their mothers for about two years, before heading out on their own into the big world
11. They do NOT fear humans! You have been warned.

 

Ever wanted to see a polar bear in the wild? A trip to the Arctic make that dream into a reality. Take a look at our Polar Expeditions and get up to £740 off Arctic and Antarctica expeditions if you book before the 3rd July 2017!

Getting to know Antarctica

Your travel list looks a bit like this:

Australia ✅

New Zealand ✅

Asia ✅

…. so where should you go next?

With temperatures that average around -10°C Antarctica might not be the first place that comes to mind when you are planning your next adventure but with it’s breathtaking landscape and local inhabitants of penguins this is a place that should not be overlooked.  If you need to brush up on your Antarctica knowledge then look no further, G Adventures share their fun facts.

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Feel the chill and meet the locals

Brrrr is it cold in here or is that just me? Things are about to get chilly as we take you on a trip to the North and South Pole. An adventure to the Arctic or Antarctica will stay with you for a lifetime. Both landscapes are truly breath-taking and like nowhere else on the planet. In these climates you never know what will happen; one day you could be trekking past penguins and the next catching a glimpse of polar bears hunting.Join the MS Expedition and give David Attenborough a run for his money!

Wrap up warm and get ready to feel the chill…

Love at first sight


Image: G Adventures

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12 Weird and Wonderful Drinks from around the world

Supping the local brew is one of the true joys of travelling, be it a cold Chang on the beaches of Koh Samui, a green tea on the Great Wall or taking part in a traditional Kava ceremony in Fiji. But at what point do you draw the line?

Read on for our list of 12, good, bad and downright odd drinks from around the world…if you dare.

Image from Flickr courtesy of melanie

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12 Super Travel Deals to Make Summer 2014 the Best Yet!

There are so many reasons to celebrate right now. First and foremost being because summer is just round the corner, eeeek! And number two, we have so many amazing travel deals to help you get out there and make the most of the best time of the year, that you literally will not know what to do with yourself.

Rather handy then, that I’ve taken the liberty of searching out our 12 best summer travel deals and packaging them up all lovely and neatly for you in this one blog post.

These offers are 12 absolute crackers that will all enhance your summer to legendary status. All you need to do is pick one (and work out what to spend your giant saving on…)

Sailing deals in Europe

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