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Voyage to South Georgia

A spur-of-the-moment plan made at a wedding reception leads to a journey by sail through iceberg-filled seas, to an Antarctic island rich in wildlife


OUR ADVENTURE HAD BEGUN AS most such expeditions do: with a surfeit of alcohol. At a wedding banquet in South Africa, I’d waxed lyrical about the wonders of South Georgia to Bernardo, owner of the aptly named Beagle IV, an 18-metre sailing ketch, who’d long dreamed of sailing there. After downing his 117th cocktail, he turned and slurred, ‘Let’s do it.’

Illustration ANDREA DE SANTIS @4ndreadesantis
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In the June issue… discover the variety that can exist within one small country on a Great Escape to Slovenia; follow in Napoleon's footsteps on a drive from the French Riviera to the Alps; take one of Europe's most curious train rides through the forests of northern Sweden; try out yurts, vintage caravans and more at great glamping locations across Britain; go on a coffee-lover's tour of four countries that make a good cup; and much more