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THE 21st century explorer

Exploring challenging parts of the world is now one of the most dynamic sectors of the travel industry – and an elite coterie of destination and security specialists has risen to the occasion.

Adventure Network International, which takes travellers to an inland camp at the South Pole, understand that there is a difference between a holiday and an expedition; you just have to look at the pre-trip detail to get a sense of how seriously they take client safety in a climate with an average wind chill factor of -40/-50˚C. Arctic Kingdom is another, specialising in polar bear viewing trips in the north.