• To the Rock and Back in 16 Hours

    I was especially looking forward to this trip as my son Ian 2 was joining me. He has been my Marketing Manager for the past two years now, and enjoys the industry just as much as I do. Over those two years, he and I have been exploring parts of the globe together – whether it be looking for new properties and experiences or searching out new destinations to offer to our travelers;  and now it was time for another adventure! Continue Reading

    May 31, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 6073

  • Family vacation continues in Sydney

    There is always this special feeling I get when I land in Sydney – always something new to the city or exciting people to meet.  This time, after only a short flight from Hamilton Island and our island getaway at Hayman – it felt great to re-immerse into city life. And, with the fairly new tunnel system, it was a quick 15-minute transfer to the InterContinental Sydney, where we would be spending the next three nights. Continue Reading

    May 7, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 3514

  • Fun Facts about The Sydney Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is one of the most striking buildings of the twentieth century.

    The Opera House attracts more than 8.2 million visitors a year and contributes more than $1 billion to the Australian economy through tourism, hospitality and travel — plus, it supports more than 12,000 jobs. It holds more than 40 shows a week and conducts a variety of public tours, including a brief, one-hour walk-through, and an in-depth, four-hour backstage tour. Continue Reading

    May 3, 2013 • Australia • Views: 13892

  • Wolgan Valley and my incredible stay

    It had been over a year since I last visited this beautiful lodge, and my how things have changed. During the interim and under the guidance of Joost (the GM) and Ben (Manager of Conservation and Activities), thousands of trees have been planted and wildlife safety and conservation has been at the forefront of operations. Continue Reading

    April 23, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 6427

  • Hayman Island with the family

    Hayman was our first stop after my Mum’s 80th birthday celebration on the Gold Coast. We had almost all of the family including my brother George, his wife Michelle and their two daughters, Georgia and Ashley. After our flight, we popped the sunnys on and walked down the jetty to board the Sun Goddess. Continue Reading

    April 15, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 5910

  • My recent stay at Southern Ocean Lodge

    We all flew from Sydney and easily made the connection to REX Airlines for the short hop to Kangaroo Island, home to Southern Ocean Lodge. Once we landed, there stood Craig Wickham of Exceptional Kangaroo Island, the best tour operator in Australia and a great friend. I have known Craig for over 25 years and consider him a real mate! Continue Reading

    April 10, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 3722