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Laura Guignot

Bilingual Polar Travel Adviser

I am Quark Expeditions’ Bilingual Polar Travel Adviser. From France, I started to discover Europe at a young age before graduating with a Master of Business Administration, in addition to a master’s degree in History of Arts and Archeology. I worked for the National Museum of Natural History in Paris before leaving France to discover the world and travel to more than 30 countries. I also spent 3 years living in Canada, 1 year in New Zealand, and 2 years in Australia, where I enjoyed working in the tourism industry. I am also a swimmer, diver, hiker, kayaker and skydiver. Now back in Canada, I joined Quark Expeditions in early 2017, and realized my dream: being part of a polar expedition in Antarctica! I am thrilled to be able to help others achieve their polar adventure goals and dreams, and I’m happy to share my experience in French or English.

What is one of your favorite memories of the polar regions?

My favorite memory is that morning, kayaking amongst the icebergs of Antarctica, when 4 very curious humpback whales came pretty close to our group! They stayed about 40 minutes, circling around us, making bubbles, saying “hello” with their flippers, lifting their heads out of the water to watch us better! I still have chills of happiness and wonder when I think about it.

What advice would you give someone traveling to the polar regions?

My only advice to those wondering what it’s like to travel to the Polar Regions is to do it. When you return home, you’ll never be the same.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from traveling?

To me, traveling is about two things. It’s about exploring the world and what’s out there – nature, biodiversity, discovery, culture, history, people, food, art – and it’s very addictive (you want to see more and more). And, it is also about getting to know myself, like getting lost in order to find yourself, a feeling that’s most present when I travel in the Polar Regions.