When it comes to eventually heading for Antarctica, questions of survival aren’t just limited to the cold. Of course, you’ll always have to worry about the physical aspect, since it’s not much good to worry about a lot of things if you’re seriously ill or worse. But once you’ve made your peace with how you can keep yourself warm, well-fed and healthy, you’ll need to worry about other important aspects. One of these is money, or how you’re going to keep yourself financially healthy when you’re so far away from everything you know.
So I’ve been trying to read up on just this sort of thing. For example, I found a blog post about how to move overseas, as well as other articles and notes about people who have traveled to distant lands. Of course, the place I’d like to go to is way more distant than many of these other places mentioned in the articles. But a lot of the tips and advice are of relevance. So over time, I hope to put together a more cohesive plan so that if the trip does push through, I’ll know how to fund my way through it.
I was doing a little bit more thinking about this whole Antarctica thing, and I’m beginning to realize that the trip may be a little harder than I thought. Well, you can’t blame me really. After all, when you see all that stuff on TV where people are going there, and taking photos, and running experiments, well they make it look so easy. For my part though, I’ve begun to think about some of the basic things that I would need to do if ever I found a way to get there.
Like, how do I survive? I was thinking that if I’m here at home and I’m hungry, I just need to check out what’s in the refrigerator or the cupboard, and see if there’s some bread and jam for a sandwich. And then I’m done. And if for some reason, we run out of bread and jam, I can just walk over to a nearby supermarket, and buy myself some bread and jam, and I’m all set.
Now, I was just realizing that that might be a bit harder to do in Antarctica. I mean, I could pack my bags and bring a lot of bread and jam so I have something to eat. And since it’s pretty cold there anyway, I won’t have to worry about how to store my stuff so that they won’t spoil. But then, what do I do when I run out? It’s not as if there’s a supermarket I can walk to to get more bread and jam. Or is there one? Maybe I need to research online to check if the scientists over there have a supermarket. Or even a small convenience store would be fine. I could always just buy whatever they’re selling, I guess.
Then, there’s the question of money. Even if I find a place in Antarctica where I can buy some bread and jam, the problem is how I’m going to make sure I have enough cash. Sure, it’s possible to send money online nowadays, but then there’s the question of how I can get myself some internet in Antarctica. Somehow, I doubt that my mobile network has a signal over there. And there’s no friendly coffee shop, I think, where I can plunk down into a chair and make use of their free, shared wifi. So right now, I’m feeling a little stuck. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to travel to Antarctica anymore. It’s more that I may have underestimated how much trouble this trip could be.