Titanic Tours 2018: An Underwater Adventure of Life, Loss, & History

Titanic Tours 2018: An Underwater Adventure of Life, Loss, & History

Have you ever wanted to visit the historical decks of the Titanic? Well, now you can embark on a tour of the sunken ship and its wreckage, for a price tag of $105,129 USD.

The tale of the Titanic is one that almost everyone is familiar with. From Southampton, England to New York City, the Titanic departed on April 14th 1912 and collided with an iceberg just four days into her maiden voyage. It took roughly two hours for the Unsinkable Ship to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean with only half its total occupants in the lifeboats.

Roughly 1,500 people lost their lives that day. It’s a grim tale that we can’t seem to leave to rest, or perhaps we are looking to learn from our mistakes. When I read about the tour originally, I was quite thrilled at the idea of getting to see the Titanic first hand (assuming the price tag isn’t an issue).

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The underwater tour of the Titanic 2018 is hosted by Blue Marble Private and allows divers to explore the underwater wreckage for approximately three hours. There’s another company, Bluefish, that sports different vehicles, longer dive times, but no dates or prices have been confirmed yet. Both tours will navigate through the bridge, deck, and the cavern where the grand staircase once stood.

 

 

This is the perfect opportunity to experience the tragedy of the Titanic first-hand.

That doesn’t sound right, does it?

The amount of loss that this single underwater site holds, has tainted this experience for some people, and others are quite against disturbing a gravesite.

When I asked a few colleagues how they felt about visiting the site of the sunken Titanic, I got some very strong opinions.

My one colleague was quite excited about the opportunity to visit the wreckage. When I asked him why, he replied, “It’s history. People’s stories ended down there and they deserve to be paid attention to.” – Ryan M.

Another colleague said, “For some people, it’s closure, but I can understand that people are attracted to the haunted aspect of it. As for myself, I wouldn’t go even if it was free. I’d be more interested in seeing the big fish than exploring a rusted wreck” – Maria C.

A third was quite adamant about not disturbing the wreckage because it may be disrespectful, “It is time to let these souls rest and find peace instead of poking about in their business.”

I, on the other hand, would be curious to attend, but not enough to schedule myself in for a 12 hour deep sea dive. I’d rather stick to museums where I can satisfy my love for history and macabre at the same time without getting my socks wet. Knowing what came before is a large part of enjoying museums and tours, and the history ends up being just as important as the experience.

 

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The destruction of the Titanic is close at hand once again, but it’s not due to another iceberg on the horizon. “A 2016 study claimed that a recently discovered “extremophile bacteria” could eat away what’s left of the famous shipwreck inside 15 or 20 years,” reports CNN. This may boost interest in the Titanic wreckage for the next couple of years, and others around the world are trying to keep the Titanic dream alive by building her bigger, better, and with more lifeboats

So my one piece of advice is to get your tickets while you can. Thanks to inflation, you can purchase your ticket for the equivalent price of an original first-class ticket on the RMS Titanic in 1912.

What do you think about the Titanic Tour:  is it grim or respectful? Leave your comments below! 

 

Interesting Facts About the Titanic 

  • The plot of Morgan Robertson’s novel “Futility” bears an uncanny resemblance to the Titanic disaster. The novel tells the story of the Titan, the largest ship ever built, billed as “unsinkable,” which strikes an iceberg in April and sinks. In the book, more than half the passengers die in the North Atlantic because of a lifeboat shortage. The book was published 14 years before the Titanic sank.
  • There’s an app for the Titanic; it’s published by The History Press.
  • The Titanic had four smoke stacks, but one of them was a dummy. It wasn’t hooked up to the furnace. It was merely for air ventilation.
  • The original price of a first class ticket in 1912 was £4,350. Exchanged today it would be valued at $6,143 USD. Due to inflation, that ticket is worth roughly £74,374 or $105,000 USD.

 

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7 Travel Journal Ideas & Styles to Suit Your Personality

7 Travel Journal Ideas & Styles to Suit Your Personality

Travel journaling is mindful scrapbooking on the fly; It’s the act of taking the time to experience your trip in a different way. This method of recording your trip can be highly successful if you tailor your tools to the journaling style that suits you.

You may choose to try different methods or even use your travel journal as practice for a skill you are working on. For example, I love the look of sketches in my journals but I cannot draw. On my last trip, I used zentangle borders and flowers to make my journal come alive!

While you can create a travel journal after your trip, the real benefit comes from its use while on location.Taking the time to practice mindfulness while at your destination will help you to express it better through your creative medium.

But how do you decide what journaling style suits you? Read on for 7 travel journal ideas and styles that you may like to adapt yourself. Which one matches your personality the best?

1. The Artist

Recording the world around you through lines and colours is your forte. Whether you prefer to sketch or draw, you will need a book that is slightly larger than most travel journals so that you can freely move across the page.

 

A small pencil case is a necessity to keep your pencils protected. Otherwise, you can get a pencil roll.

Note: Please be aware that if you wish to visit museums, there are some art tools that are forbidden including charcoal and pen.

2. The Photographer

You adore snapping photos of your surroundings to capture the memories of your travel experiences and this is the perfect way to remember your trip. Travel journals that include a lot of photos are not photo albums. Instead, you’re using photography as a medium to bring yourself back into your shoes while you were traveling. This is the perfect opportunity to take tons of selfies and not feel guilty about it.

  • It is best to use an unlined journal, slightly larger to fit your photos and write ups. Can be flexible or hardcover.
  • If you take a photograph, write down a reminder of where you are/what you’re doing in the journal and make sure to mention that you snapped a great photo!
  • All you need is a simple clicky pen to jot things down. No pencils, because pencils break. Why fiddle when that perfect shot is coming up! Alternatively, you can take quick notes on your cell phone.

Photography is an incredible skill to rely on for your travel journal, but remember that it’s more about remembering your experiences than how many beautiful pictures can I take? Quality over quantity is key here.

3. The Wordsmith

The written word is delightful to you, so much so that you find it easiest to record your daily experiences on the page. You may already keep a daily journal, but I urge you to create a separate one just for when you travel. After all, traveling often make the best stories!

A beautiful pen that is easy to care for while enjoying the scenic route or while on the train platform will help you to jot down your thoughts or spark the poet in your soul.

  • A hardcover journal will help you to keep your writing neat while balancing it on your knee en-route.
  • Avoid blank pages. Lines or grids will work well here to keep things organized
  • Invest in a good pen: it is your main instrument, after all.

4. Fast and Furious

You find that you’re most creative when you are in the moment and perhaps travel journaling sounds a bit overwhelming. That requires planning and supplies…well, not anymore.

A simple pen and a small lined journal will help you to remember those lists, plans, and also jot down what you had for lunch and how great it was.

A family member visited Scotland and greatly enjoyed this style of travel journaling. She would write a couple sentences at the end of each day to explain where she went and how she felt about it.

  • A lined or grid journal is perfect for keeping things organized and neat.
  • An envelope on the back of the journal is essential for stashing things away quickly.
  • A smaller book fits in most travel packs and purses
  • Semi-soft cover helps you to carry your journal and all your travel essentials

 

5. The Collector

Tickets, pay stubs, receipts, guides, coasters…all of these and more are stashed away in the bottom of your suitcase as memories of the places you’ve visited. With a refillable (thus, expandable) travel journal, you have enough room to store all your bits and bobs that you’ve gathered along your journey.

If you want to go with a traditional book, be aware that you will have to remove pages to make room for your inserts and tip-ins; all that extra paper makes the journal a little thick.

 

Want to know what a tip-in is? Watch this great video!

 

Things to help you organize your travel memories:

  • You don’t need to spend a lot on a writing utensil since the memories are more in the pieces you’ve gathered on your travels
  • A Journal with removable inserts will allow you endless space to store your collection

6. Jack-of-all-Trades

You take photos, collect meaningful tidbits, write poetry, try your best to sketch, and always have time for a coffee on the patio to collect your thoughts. A jack-of-all-trades doesn’t adhere to a single artistic medium while recording their travels. This method is more akin to scrapbooking and may require some pasting and re-organizing upon reaching home.

Be aware, this is not scrapbooking but a mindful method of experiencing and processing your travels; you’re merely enhancing it with your photos, words, and tidbits.

An envelope on the back of the journal is a wonderful addition, but not essential; the journal should be able to handle the few items you decide to keep. Grids or blank pages will work best here due to the mixed mediums.

7. The Socially Savvy

Ever connected and ready to go? This travel journaling style has some etiquette attached to it but it makes for an easy way to share your trip with your loved ones.

With the ability to keep a profile private, you can keep an online journal with in-the-moment editing and recording. This also allows you to create a video journal if you prefer.

You are now ready to begin your very own travel journal! There is something inherently classical about keeping a physical journal of your experiences while you travel. Just remember: Journaling is a personal experience; worry less about making it worth reading and more about keeping memories of a wonderful trip.

 

Have you ever used a travel journal before? Do you have another method that works for you?