On a Geographic Expeditions journey to Antarctica, participants leave the ship, strap on climbing gear and make the trek in five. The company began as an adventure outfitter, but has incorporated cushier stops into its excursions. The Australian outback trips stop at Barossa Valley wineries and include transfers by private plane. The company also runs a Classic Costa Rica excursion through three of the country’s big-name reserves, including Monteverde Cloud Forest, to view macaws, pumas, and nocturnal amphibians.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.