The Ultimate Trip

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2002, 12:00am

Tony Wheeler

Founder of Lonely Planet, who will be speaking at the Hong Kong Club this Thursday

To sightsee:


You can't beat Antarctica, which is so visually spectacular. Everything appears heightened - the white is whiter, the cold is colder - I was knocked out by the whole thing. It's suddenly become a tourist attraction and is almost a normal place to visit. The usual route is to go to Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego province on the southern tip of Argentina, then head down on one of the ice-breakers chartered out to Western companies. I spent three incredible days there and I've also done a flight-seeing trip, although it's much better at surface level. Needless to say, Antarctica is short on accommodation and nightclubs, but there's a lot to see - seals, penguins, whales and birds. In the southern summer, when you normally visit, it's daylight all the time. I'm going again next month, this time to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia where explorer Ernest Shackleton did his famous walk.

To relax:


I would recommend Tuscany, which is a lovely part of Italy. My wife and I rented a villa in July, which we had for a week with a bunch of friends. We didn't do much at all, just lazed around, drank wine and toured plenty of places.

To shop:


You can't beat Bali. The Balinese make things well and every time I go, I come across something I've not seen before. You'll find clothing, stone goods, wood carvings plus furniture, which wasn't available 10 years ago. Last time we visited, we bought stone sculptures for a fountain in our backyard and my wife bought some jewellery. Certain villages specialise in different things, but Ubud is the centre.