The Kerguelen Islands, commonly known as the Desolation Islands, are located 2,051 miles from the closest civilization in the southern Indian Ocean. A vast windy and barren landscape gives it an appearance of hell on Earth.
The island group is part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and is roughly the size of Delaware. Though there is no local habitation to speak of, the main island is routinely populated by between 40 and 110 scientists. It is covered by massive, active glaciers and stretches nearly 100 miles long. It’s also a volcanic hotbed with a height reaching 6,445 feet at the tallest peak.
The harsh climate and lack of wildlife doesn’t lend itself well to visitors, but those daring enough to make the trek are able to. The only way to reach the Desolation Islands is by boat. The islands are a French territory, and the only ship that travels there is the Marion Dufresne. The Dufresne is a research boat that brings supplies and transports crew to the islands four times a year. Tourists are able to book a cabin on the ship at the paltry price of roughly $18,000. The boat makes pit stops along many of the islands of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, many more attractive than Kerguelen.
Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.