antarctica on a plate

antarctica zodiac whaleA good backpack book can make for fun reading while you on the road, but it can also be the perfect inspiration to get out amongst it yourself. Intrepid Express reader Rachelle Boyle found a great book that gave her the ‘get-up-and-go’…

“If you ever begin to feel like you should be settling down and being sensible then this book is the cure! Antartica on a Plate: She came she saw she burnt the toast is Alexa Thomson’s recount of how she tossed in her thriving career as a web designer to be a cook on a remote airstrip in Antarctica.

Battling snow squalls in a nylon tent, surviving the hauntingly beautiful yet harsh surrounds and coping with the inevitable mix of joy and contempt that results from living in close proximity with others all culminate in a radical transformation of Alexa’s life. This paperback is dangerously good - it inspired me to apply for a job in Papua New Guinea!”

* photo by Ed Parker – Intrepid Photography Competition

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll read about Sue's travel experiences, find helpful travel advice and she loves sharing great tales from Intrepid travellers.


Hi all – just wanted to let you know it’s 20% OFF Antarctica until 15 August 2010 – so go to for all the details!
Sue, Intrepid Express editor

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