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If the tropics seem tired and Europe is just sooo overrun with Europeans lately, then a trip a little farther south might be just the thing. White Desert may sound like the name of a new perfume from Elizabeth Taylor, but it's actually an "Antarctica safari." The team leader is Patrick Woodhead, a 32-year-old British explorer type who kicks the trip off in Cape Town. From there, guests are whisked south to the edge of Antarctica (you'll know you're getting close when everything looks monochromatic). The campsite—9 high-tech tents decorated in colonial style that overlook a frozen sea—is more like a string of luxury cabanas than something you'd see in an REI catalog. The whole place runs on solar and wind power, which makes you nearly carbon-neutral for the week, not counting the private jet that shuttles you in and out. For ten days and $30,000 per person, you can penguin-watch, kite ski, ice climb, and practice writing your name in the pristine snow.
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