In 2015, United Nations Secretary-General, Banki-moon, stated that with more than one billion international tourists travelling the world each year, tourism had become a powerful and transformative force that was making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people

“The potential of tourism for sustainable development is considerable,” he said. “As one of the world’s leading employment sectors, tourism provides important livelihood opportunities, helping to alleviate poverty and drive inclusive development.” Two years on, and we find ourselves headlong into the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as designated by the United Nations 70th General Assembly.

Essential Journeys was launched five years ago, initially under the name EcoTravel Guide, with responsible tourism as the driving factor. Although we have since undergone a complete re-design and re-branding, eco-tourism still plays a vital role in our ethos. With Antarctica once more in the public eye, the more people who witness this incredible place can only result in increased awareness of the importance of our environment and doing all we can to protect it. Cue bespoke travel outfitter Natural World Safaris ( who, from 17th to 30th November, will be offering adventurers the opportunity to capture the beauty of this captivating landscape and Antarctica’s wildlife on safari with award-winning photographer Andy Rouse.

During the 13-day photographic expedition, guests will travel on board the M/V Academic Ioffe and enjoy specialised lectures, workshops and on-the-ground training from Canon accredited wildlife photographer Andy, who will ensure guests learn how to capture and preserve all they see on film. The expedition will offer seven full days on the continent – two more than most standard Antarctic expeditions – as well as longer tundra landings by zodiac to understand this magical destination.

The expedition costs from £6,500 per person, excluding international flights. For more information visit

  • Images | Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) skiing across glacier, South Georgia; Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) on iceberg in Mikkelsen Harbour, Antarctica | © Andy Rouse