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It’s a lot easier to rationalize a trip halfway around the world when you’re actually learning something in the process. Consider it kind of like continuing education, but in the decidedly more glamorous “classroom” of the Australian outback. This September, Richard I’Anson, author of the Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography, will lead up to 10 people on a fully supported photography tour of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Using Arkaba Station resort as a base (the homestead dates to 1851), the photo safari will include two nights in luxury tents. As they explore the Outback, students can expect to encounter a good amount of wildlife — two species of kangaroo, emus, lizards, eagles and wallaby — with plenty of expert instruction on how to best photograph the animals and the gorgeous surrounding topography. The retreat, from Sept. 20 to 24, is $2,980 per person when traveling in pairs and $3,875 when traveling alone; prices cover accommodations, all meals and on-property transportation. After landing at Adelaide Airport, participants can either drive four hours to Arkaba Station and transfer to a one-hour regional flight followed by a one-hour drive, or they can book a private guided road transfer that passes through the Clare Valley and includes stops for wine tasting. (We vote for anything that involves wine tasting.) 011-61-2-9571-6399 or www.arkabastation.com