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Unexpected Rewards: Travelling to the Arctic With a Mobility Scooter is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Maureen T. Corrigan. Corrigan had been an active and successful woman who was a medical doctor and later a CEO in the healthcare industry. Her life changed dramatically when a series of troubling symptoms led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. She quit her job and decided to take advantage of the situation to begin living the life she had always wanted. That meant travel, adventure, and writing about the challenges and the pleasurable surprises that she would discover while on the road. Her decision to travel to the Arctic was one such ambition, following on her earlier trip to the Antarctic several years before. An Australian, her Arctic adventure would lead her far from home.
First, she had to find the right cruise for her and her friend, carer and companion, Sue. She didn't want the stereotypical cruise with formal dinners, dancing and thousands of passengers. Rather, she wanted a cruise that offered scientific lectures at night, that had a small passenger list, one that would show her the real Arctic. After extensive research, she found an expedition cruise entitled 'Polar Bears, Islands and Fjords.' It began in Oslo and explored coastal Norway up into the Arctic Circle. Now, all she had to do was make travel arrangements that could accommodate her Luggie travel scooter and that provided the necessary hotel accommodations.
Maureen T. Corrigan's non-fiction travel memoir, Unexpected Rewards: Travelling to the Arctic With a Mobility Scooter, is an exciting and inspiring account of the author's travels to Norway and the Arctic Circle. I was most impressed with her resilience when making travel arrangements that could accommodate her, and I was mentally cheering her on as she braved ice, snow, mud and travel confusion. Corrigan's descriptions of Oslo and her expedition cruise are brilliant! Her narratives are filled with local color, funny mishaps and unforgettable snapshots of her travelling companions as they cruise in the Arctic on the MS Fram. Unexpected Rewards is a well-written and grand read that will have readers considering their own future Arctic adventures. It's most highly recommended.