Papua New Guinea is one of those places that isn’t often explored by tourists. For those who don’t know, this small island nation is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and just north of Australia. The reason why I was here is because my parents lived here for a while back in the day and my dad had worked here for years. In fact, it’s the birthplace of my older sister.
Most people probably wouldn’t place this country in their top 10 of places to take a ‘holiday/vacation’, but it’s definitely a fascinating place for those wanting to discover something that’s a little different because it’s almost like a world of it’s own! If anything, visitors here are generally people who are going to visit friends or family, for work, or for an adventure!
It’s a very ‘rural’ country with only a small percentage of the population living in an urban area. Village life and native, traditional culture is pretty much what you’d expect to experience here. The country is very mountainous with ALOT of dense rainforest areas – great for those looking for some adventure trekking? (plenty of untouched natural habitats for those nature lovers too). I do remember riding in the back of open trucks a lot (with no seat-belts) and walking through clear rock-filled streams.
If you’re feeling adventurous and decide to visit, I’d recommend researching before you go if you don’t know any of the locals. I wouldn’t say it was one of the safest places in the world but it’s definitely a fascinating one.