Planning a trip to Antarctica is complicated. They say that when you're presented with so many different options, the harder a decision becomes. That's pretty much how it's going for me right now.
The options seem vast and diverse: itineraries, prices, tour companies, ships, leaders, when to go, where to go, how long to be there, what is better for this? for that? excursions? extras? etc, so on and so forth.
Luckily, the more I talk to people who have been, research and uncover, the more the little pieces come together. I'm still in the process of sorting all of this out, keeping detailed spreadsheets, notes and references to help guide the decision making process. My goal is to pick a trip by mid August. But it's also really hard to wait. I'm getting so close to just booking something. Anything. Just to get it done.
Thankfully, I met up with an old friend for coffee today whose guidance and wisdom was just was I needed. She's putting me in touch with some of her friends and guides from her own Antarctic adventure to help make this trip happen in the best way for me.
Time to keep up the research and planning with a renewed sense of purpose and patience!