LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

CONRADCom­brink, the di­rec­tor of ex­pe­di­tion cruises for Sil­versea, has been in­volved in world­wide cruise ex­pe­di­tion pro­grams for more than 10 years. He has just com­pleted an Antarc­tic sea­son with Prince Al­bert II, which has been re­named Sil­ver Ex­plorer. More: sil­versea.com/ex­pe­di­tions. Des­per­ate to get back to: The Repub­lic of Cameroon for its di­verse dis­play of cul­ture and na­ture. An amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion: pretty much all of Africa en­cap­su­lated in one coun­try. Must visit: The Antarc­tic Penin­sula, a place ev­ery­one should ex­pe­ri­ence at least once. Per­fect place for in­dul­gence: Chiva-Som re­sort in Hua Hin, Thai­land. The per­fect place to re­lax, un­wind and re­ju­ve­nate. Ultimate eco-ad­ven­ture: South Ge­or­gia Is­land in the South At­lantic Ocean. Walk in the foot­steps of ex­plor­ers such as Ernest Shack­le­ton at Grytviken, or see the sun­rise with 400,000 king pen­guins and hun­dreds of south­ern ele­phant seals in St An­drews Bay. Invit­ing food des­ti­na­tion: Don Al­fonso Restau­rant near Sor­rento, Italy. In a word, wow. In­spi­ra­tional travel nar­ra­tive: The En­durance: Shack­le­ton’s Leg­endary Antarc­tic Ex­pe­di­tion by Caro­line Alexan­der. Favourite travel web­site: Ex­pe­dia.com for fast in­for­ma­tion and nu­mer­ous choices. Most dis­tinc­tive ho­tel: Tsara Komba Lodge, Mada­gas­car, a na­ture re­serve in pri­mary for­est. Best-spent travel dol­lars: Some of the best money I’ve spent has been on busi­ness-class flights with Eti­had Air­ways.

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