Where the experts holiday: Lewis Clarke, Antartic adventurer

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Lewis Clarke became the youngest person to ski trek the South Pole in January 2014. The British teen completed the gruelling 700 mile journey in 50 days, skiing for an average of eight hours a day and battling temperatures as low as -50C. Now safely back in Bristol, the 16 year old schoolboy spoke to Just About Travel about his extraordinary adventures

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What do you like to do on holiday?
I like to be active and go canyoning, skiing, rafting, canoeing, ice climbing and coasteering with my dad and 11-year-old brother. We all hate beach holidays. My best ever holiday to date was to Alaska with my family in 2011.

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Where did you last go?
Having just told you that we hate beach holidays, my family and I did visit Croatia for the first time last summer – mainly because it was cheap.  But even there I managed to find a bit of adventure – I went on a massive zip line (one stretch was nearly 1km) and I also went swimming in the wonderful Blue Lake at the bottom of a massive crater.

Do you know where you’re going this year?
Yes – I am going trekking and camping in Cumbria, England.

Of all the places you’ve been to, which was your favourite and why? 
Antarctica of course: the remoteness is a tad scary but also utterly amazing.

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Which destination do you wish to travel to, but haven’t yet been?
It’s not a new place but when we were in Alaska I met Martin Busa who is a legendary Iditarod champion.  I love huskies and one day I might like to go back to western Alaska and have a go at the Iditarod.

In your own country, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel guides?
During summer time go to the ‘beach’ in the middle of Dover one morning, right near where all the massive ferries are. This is where all the people and teams waiting to swim the Channel gather and train and exchange caps and hoodies. The atmosphere is amazing and you meet people, from world-class open water swimmers to housewives, from all over the world.

How do you plan your holiday?
We usually decide as a family. It takes ages and there are lots of friendly arguments.
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How often do you go away?
Whenever my parents can afford it, which thanks to the South Pole now won’t be very often!

Who do you travel with?
My Mum who is a newly qualified doctor, my Dad who makes documentaries and my brother Sol who is 11. I get sad though because my cat, Bronte, has to stay at home and my Aunt looks after her.

Where do you see tourism in your country, in 10 years?
There are loads of great places to visit in the UK: the main thing is that we humans don’t ruin them.

 Thanks Lewis!

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