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The cruise from Hayman was just under an hour as we passed by sun soaked islands floating in the crystal clear waters.  I dream of spending weeks on end cruising the Whitsunday islands – totally surrounded by natural beauty and scenery inspired by the dreams of Gods. ...


Heaven at Whitehaven Beach

So there I was, strapped into a seaplane gearing up my camera as the engines began puttering to a start. Only minutes before we were all in the dark about what "surprise" our parents had planned for us.

Now, It was just my family and I filling the charter as we all buckled up for the adventure. I was seated on the starboard side, right behind the co-pilots seat. Unfortunately I was beat out by Lianda for that seat as she managed to swiftly sneak by me during boarding while I was carefully avoiding head injury on the roof of the plane....

 


The Outskirts of Brisbane

With me in the passenger seat, Malinda at the wheel and Kristen and Lianda in the back, we followed the winding roads through the hills of the Queensland rainforest. Malinda, being the local, was trying to remember where each turn off lead, while Lianda, Kristen and I tossed our colorful tourist map back and fourth - none of us with a clue as to how to read it. At a certain point we simply gave into the idea of getting lost, and thus started the adventure.

I have been to Australia a many times before this, but this was one of the few times I really felt like I was in another world. I've never wandered far into any rainforests, and to be surrounded by such lush greenery, unique sounds and ancient trees was foreign and exciting. ....


A Night in a Luxury African Tree House

While on safari a few months back, I had the opportunity to stay out in the bush overnight in a tree house.  After a 45 minute private game drive to the middle of the African Bush, we  arrived at our accommodations for the night. Over the brush, 20 feet up in a century’s old Leadwood Tree appeared this wooden platform topped with a grand four...

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Photography
Papua New Guinea in 46 Images

Papua New Guinea in 46 Images

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I will never forget the uncertainty I felt when I arrived, and the sadness I felt for having to leave. The people of this beautiful country brought on such happiness. No amount of imagery could showcase the beauty and diversity of Papua New Guinea. Enjoy a few of my favorites, out of the thousands I took.


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Ian Swain II

I work for Swain Destinations, a travel company that specializes in customized trips all over the world. I love to take pictures, put myself in uncomfortable situations and will eat anything. The world is an incredible place. See and experience as much as you can.



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