I am the reluctant explorer.
It’s not that I don’t like travel; far from it. I’ve loved travel for as long as I can remember – and you don’t get too far in this line of work if you hate travelling. It’s like a vegetarian working at Burger King – you just don’t see a lot of it.
For years, though, I was a very “safe” traveller. I stuck to cruises I knew I would like, on ships I knew I’d love to sail on, going to places I knew I’d enjoy. Then, one day I tried an Expedition Cruise – and everything changed.
See, the trouble is that I’m not Mr. Outdoors. Mother Nature and I have a love-hate relationship in that the heat drives me nuts, I can’t stand bugs, and the thought of camping sends genuine shivers up my spine. If I’m tenting, there’d better be a guy in the middle of the woods mixing cocktails.
Of course, what I discovered was that I was Mr. Outdoors – I just didn’t know it. The heat still drives me nuts and the bugs still eat me alive (if anyone from Off! is reading this, I need you to make something that’s just short of radioactive to keep the mosquitoes off me. Thank you.) I still won’t go camping…brrr!…but I will take an expedition cruise all day, every day.
Even “classic” cruises can be filled with adventure. My voyage on Hurtigruten’s Midnatsol still ranks as one of the most spectacular journeys I’ve ever taken – to Norway in the winter. It was cold, wet, and totally cool. In seven days I stepped ashore in nearly 20 different cities, towns and villages, saw the northern lights, and slept in a snow hotel. People who cruise to Norway in the summer months on other lines get none of those experiences.