Return to Necker Island! #StayCayToFarAway

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Wow, this was fun!  Four years ago my wife and I spent a week on Richard Branson’s Necker Island.  We had a fantastic time.  And now, thanks to this blog’s StayCay to Far Away Challenge, I had an opportunity to return to Necker Island… for free!

Shown here, I’m carefully recreating a photo of the Necker Island rubber duckie. I used a wreath to simulate foliage and tinfoil (not shown) for water.

My goal was to recreate the Necker Island experience from home with pictures and videos.  And, I couldn’t have done it without my family.  Literally.  My son went above and beyond by shaving his full-on beard to match Richard Branson’s goatee.  My wife came up with great ideas, including how to kitesurf without water.  She also handled the make-up department and behind-the-scenes photography.  My two cats… well, they were less helpful, but they still played their parts.

My wife applies corn starch to our son’s hair to try to make it as white as Richard Branson’s.

This whole thing was ridiculously fun!  A lot of the fun was in the creative planning: What can I use to represent a zipline?  How can I make it look like I’m underwater?   Where are we going to find a giant turtle?  How can I kitesurf without water?  Watch the video to see the answer to that last one!

And a lot of the fun was in staging the shots…

This was me trying to recreate an underwater scuba scene. Yes that’s a fire extinguisher strapped to my back.

To get the full experience, you must watch the video, but you’ll also enjoy these side-by-side photos comparing my original trip to Necker Island to my recent virtual trip…

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