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As promised, Conde Nast Traveler is now featuring its superb article on TDI’s Antarctica trip, “Love in a Cold Climate,” on its website. Click above for the full text. Just the thing to chill you out on this steamy New York evening.

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Tristan da Cuhna

Want to get away from it all?
You know the “it all” of which we speak.

The “it all” is pretty comprehensive across the globe these days, and unless you’ve got the constitution of an ox, $20 million not otherwise occupied, and some time to kill on a waiting list, it’s unlikely that you’ll be getting beyond the gravitational pull of the planet’s “it all” any time soon.

The good news is that, after 40 years sailing around the globe, Travel Dynamics International knows where the “it all” isn’t all that. In fact, the “it all” isn’t very much at all in these places.  It’s hard to get “it all” when you’re 2,088 miles from the coast of South America and 1,750 miles from the coast of South Africa: in other words, smack dab in the middle of the south Atlantic with nary a cellphone tower around.

We’d like you to meet a friend of ours. His name’s Tristan. Tristan da Cuhna, to be proper, and we should be proper, since he is British, after all. That’s his picture up there, at the top. Attractive gent, isn’t he? A bit austere, but dignified, with a noble profile. He doesn’t really understand the meaning of “it all,” because he’s the most remote inhabited island on Earth.

Tristan only got television reception in 2001. In 2005, finally, Tristan got a UK postcode which is very fortunate because its main town, Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas, was getting confused with its northern namesake — and that’s a few degrees of latitude further than a British postman wants to travel.

Tristan’s population of 271 has a total of only 8 family names: there are the Glasses, the Greens, the Hagans, the Lavarellos, the Repettos, the Rogers, the Swains, and — as of 1986 — the Pattersons. And they serve up a fantastic dinner: the entire island survives on lobster fishing, and because Tristan is so remote, so inaccessible to the overfishing trawlers, they grow big here: 40-pounders are not at all uncommon.

We’d like you to meet Tristan on our voyage “The Route to Distant Islands.” We’ve scheduled this itinerary so that you can also meet one of his good friends, South Georgia Island:

They may be distant, but I think you’ll find Tristan da Cuhna and South Georgia Island are both excited to meet you.

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