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HOT TOPIC IS TOURISM THREATENING

THE WHITE CONTINENT IS SET TO SEE A BOOST IN VISITORS, BUT WHAT DOES TOURISM MEAN FOR THE WORLD’S LAST GREAT WILDERNESS? WORDS: JAMES DRAVEN

Antarctica?

TRAVEL GEEK

“Colour! That’s what I miss most,” says a grad student researcher at Palmer Station, oblivious to the irony of the perfect double rainbow that today frames the US Antarctic Program outpost. “When I last returned to the USA and saw billboards and neon signs, I was overwhelmed. You just don’t see colour down here.”

Today I see plenty of colour. Mostly orange. The day-glo orange parkas of a group of cruise ship visitors milling around what has to be the world’s most southerly gift shop, selling T-shirts and bumper stickers in an array of lurid hues. As isolated as it is, this research station is clearly set up for tourist arrivals, with tight-lipped senior researchers acting as sales clerks, while post-graduate students enthusiastically talk to me about the local insects.

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From ancient villages to stories from the locals, we uncover some of the Aegean Sea’s most gleaming pearls as we island-hop across the paradise idylls of Greece’s Cyclades. Elsewhere, we discover authentic Maori culture in New Zealand; wind our way along the Volga in Russia; and spend a long weekend in Tunis. Our urban highlights this issue include Istanbul, Lisbon, Mumbai and Bordeaux while our photo story introduces the freedivers of Jeju Island in South Korea.