Find a tour
Free India Tourist Visa, Free Extra Hotel Night and Free airport lounge worth £282pp – Book by 31 July
Book your India holiday between 10 July and 31 July and we’ll pay your visa costs (worth £148pp), offer you a free extra hotel night at the start...
We are thrilled to report that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on travel to Nepal has been relaxed. There are no longer restrictions across...
Last minute escapes
Pick your perfect last minute trip, departing between August and September. Do you see yourself cruising in Turkey along the Turquoise Coast,...
Save over £4000 on Selected Polar Voyages to Greenland
If you enjoy wildlife and wilderness, Greenland is the place to go. One of the least visited and most sparsely populated countries in the world, its...
Free Travel Insurance
We are delighted to include FREE travel insurance for all qualifying customers who book an Explore holiday between 01 January 2015 and 31 August 2015....
Share your story and win £150
Sharing tales from your holidays is half the fun of travel. You get to relive all the great experiences you had and prolong the feelings the holiday...
Save up to 30% on Polar Voyages
Save as you sail. Take a look at our fantastic offers on a selection of our polar cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica. Save up to 30% on selected...
- Added Friday, 19 March 2010 15:45
- by Super User
Editor's note. This is possibly the last on-board blog from the girls. They are that close to the end. Mel mentions that they are going to be going for it in the next few days, chasing down the boys ahead and keeping in front of the boys they’ve overtaken. There will be a big update once they hit land of course!
Mel – Blog w/c 15th March Hurrah – we’re back in 13th place – it’s great to see the hard work we’ve put in over the last few days has paid off. We upped the hours on the blades from 12 (which was what we’d normally be doing) to 16 – and then upped it again to 18 at the weekend, which is what we feel is the absolute maximum. It’s damn hard work but we managed to “hoik” ourselves back from 17th to 13th it was all worth it. The extra hours on the blades do have a huge impact on us as we get very little sleep now (not that we got very much before) and we still need to eat and do our daily chores; making water, navigation etc., so with any spare time, chores have to come first and sleep second. But we only have a few more days to go, so we’re hoping we can do without sleep. Existence has become very functional – just row, eat sleep, row eat, sleep. It could easily become a chore, but we try not to let that happen. On Friday it was absolutely sweltering hot and despite the fact that we were chasing down boys, we just jumped in the sea and went swimming. It had got so hot that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves and it’s actually quite torturous to sit rowing with the sea so close so we thought, “you know what, we’re going to take 10 minutes out and go for a swim”. On Saturday night we drank our last alcohol on board. We had white wine sachets. We very much enjoyed those, watching the sun go down, so although it’s hard work on Explore it can be fun too. As much as we want to be in Antigua, we’re very aware that we only have a few days left on Explore and we want to savour them. Despite the hardships, we really are loving this and we’ll miss it when it’s all over.
Explore News and Features
Simply Sri Lanka added 22-07-2015
Explore Leader makes Wanderlust World Guide Awards final added 10-07-2015
Family fun in Morocco added 10-07-2015
A family holiday so good you'll want to do it again! added 09-07-2015
Vote for Explore in the British Travel Awards added 09-07-2015