A full-time freelance writer-photographer since 1995, David Swanson is a San Diego native who has traveled through more than 75 countries around the globe. Duty calls him most often to the Caribbean, where his presence is required at least six times a year. Consumed with a severe case of wanderlust, other happy distractions for Swanson have included jaunts to far-flung outposts such as Greenland, Easter Island, Armenia, Mongolia and Réunion, and the smoldering volcanic summits of Mount St. Helens, Soufrière Hills, Piton de la Fournaise and Mount Etna. Swanson is a contributing editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written the multiple award-winning “Affordable Caribbean” column for Caribbean Travel & Life magazine since 1998. Author or co-author of more than a dozen travel guidebooks, David’s stories and photos have also appeared in more than 50 North American newspapers—some of which are still publishing—and magazines such as Bride’s, Islands, Private Clubs, Southwest Spirit and American Way. In 2007 he was chosen Travel Writer of the Year by independent judges for the Caribbean Tourism Organization.