So you’re a backpacker and you want to go to Antarctica but you have heard it is expensive right? Well yes but put your mind to it and you can do it. In fact this article is about to reveal the cheapest way you can get to Antarctica without working on a ship! 
My story is that I worked endlessly on broccoli farms in Tasmania saving the pennies to book my trip. While this is a great idea and you feel like you have deserved the trip, ultimately it’s not the cheapest. You can book trips in advance from around $5,000 Australian Dollars. But read on to find how to book a really cheap trip to Antarctica…
How to do Antarctica for cheap?
OK this is for travelers only, NOT workers or scientists. We know boat staff, captains, expedition staff, waitresses and scientists all go to Antarctica with work all the time, but here’s how to do it as a backpacker.
Five key words: DON’T BOOK ANYTHING IN ADVANCE!
That’s right, if you really want to go to Antarctica on the cheap, do NOT book a trip to Antarctica. It makes sense for travel companies, agents and tour groups to have remarkably high prices for these trips and they do! The cheapest tour you will get to Antarctica by booking in advance is probably around $4,000 US and it will be one of the shorter trips. Perhaps only 5 days on the actual continent and 2 days there and 2 days back. That in itself is good but you have it booked already. If you want to do Antarctica on the cheap, don’t book anything. That’s the first step.
Here is how to get a cheap Antarctica trip booked
Step two would be to head to the city of Ushuaia in Argentina. It sits on the island of Tierra Del Fuego and is the southernmost city in the world. After a bit of sightseeing, head to the many travel agents in the city centre and check for cheap last minutes deals. There will be lots of offers and you will be surprised at how cheap you can pick one up for and leave the next day.
The good news is if you book a really cheap trip to Antarctica spontaneously you can pay as little as $3,000 in US Dollars. What a saving. Yes that’s $2000 US dollars whacked off the price.
This is how it works:
Most boats heading to Antarctica are never full. They end up upgrading those already booked and paid, into the larger rooms, which frees up the 3 and 4 bed dorms and cabins on the boats. The travel companies then need to sell these beds in a rush as the departure date nears. It’s all or nothing for them. If the boat is leaving the next day and that bed is empty, they get ZERO $0 US Dollars. That’s why they can offer you a bed in a dorm for around $3,000. That’s why you can get to Antarctica for cheap!
So head to Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and book your trip to Antarctica for the very next day! Or if that boat really is full, you’ll only have to wait a few days. There is always space for more. Antarctica only attracts 30,000 tourists a year (the rest of the visitors are scientists or working there or on boats). It’s not high on most people’s list and it’s not cheap but treat yourself to it and you’ll love it! I paid $5,000 US Dollars (also a special offer at the time) and it was worth every penny or cent. Imagine if you get it for $3,000 US! You will have the time of your life.
That’s it – sold – you are now heading to Antarctica on a cheap trip for the most incredible travel experience of your life. You will meet a load of other travellers, see penguins, roll in the snow and just have an epic time!
You must make sure you take the correct warm clothes and supplies with you on this epic trip. You’re going to be able to say you have stepped into Antarctica. It is a sensational place. Happy travelling!