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  1. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    November 21, 2013

    Most interesting Talon. And I must say…

    “Whenever we receive something for free or at a discount, I always have to ask myself would I have felt like it was worth it had I paid full price.”

    So very refreshing that (unlike many fellow bloggers) you acknowledge that – like it or not – freebies can’t help but color your experience. I mean, easy to enjoy x activity/excursion/5 star hotel when it’s free. And no doubt some do try to point out at least a small flaw or two. But the point is – for those of us (i.e. your readers) who have to shell out precious full-price travel rubles – it might, or might not be worth it.

    In short – bravo to you, my friend!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 21, 2013

      Thanks, Dyanne. It definitely can color the experience, so I try very hard to weigh it out before giving a recommendation for or against. I don’t believe that just because I received something for free or at a discount that it entitles them to a positive review. I always choose integrity over everything else. Sometimes that means I turn away business, but so be it.

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  2. Living Outside of the Box
    November 21, 2013

    How fun! Who knew?!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 21, 2013

      I had no clue before I went. There is also a cruise you can take from NZ to go to Antarctica, but it’s a lot of days at sea in potentially rough waters.

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  3. Stephanie
    November 21, 2013

    Every time I read a story of yours, I am pleased to think of your wonderful little family exploring out there. Love and freedom to learn are constant themes in your writing, and if you’ll accept a little outside judgement, I think you’re a really great parent. Thanks for the adventures!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 21, 2013

      That type of outside judgment is always welcome. 🙂 Thanks!

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  4. Kate
    November 20, 2013

    I’ve known that the Antarctic Centre was there, but of all the several times I’ve visited CHCH, it’s never made priority for me to visit – similar to Kelly Tarltons in Auckland… seems like a cool idea, but not a must-do. Unfortunate, because it is such a unique place/experience!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 20, 2013

      I still have to do my writeup of Kelly Tarltons. That won’t be getting a good review at all.

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  5. Linda Bibb
    November 20, 2013

    Great story. I appreciate knowing ahead of time what I’d get for the money and that you’re not sure it’s worth it. It sounds like a fun activity for grownups though, if we can fit it into our budget.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 20, 2013

      We definitely had fun. I’m just not sure it would’ve been worth around $75 for the 2 of us.

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  6. Jonny Blair
    November 20, 2013

    Nice info – I was kind of expecting you to have a cheaper way than the one I wrote about earlier in the year! But still – this is a nice alternative way to see what Antarctica might be like. I urge you to visit it for real as soon as you can – it’s by far the best continent I’ve been to. Check out my post on doing it on the cheap if you want some tips – not that hard once you’ve got to Ushuaia. Safe travels. Jonny

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    • Talon Windwalker
      November 20, 2013

      I’ll be working on that once we’re back in South America. We’re definitely going.

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