Category: Scenery

Amazing scenery photos by TheHotFlashPacker

Sep 30

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Travel Guide & Itinerary (A Weekend Road Trip)

One of my favorite getaways for a weekend of natural beauty and solitude is the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in central Oregon.  Close enough to make a weekend trip from Seattle, Spokane, Tri-cities, or Portland but far enough to keep out the crowds.  It’s also a great add in for any trip to …

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Aug 23

TheHotFlashPacker’s Great American Total Eclipse 2017 Experience

Anyone who knows me, knows I like unusual stuff.  The rarer, the better.  The 2017 Great American Eclipse had been on my radar for over a year, but after visiting the NASA Center in Huntsville, Alabama in May, I knew I had to see the eclipse.  There other travel bloggers and I met with a …

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Aug 06

One Week in Ubud, Bali (Get Me Outta Here!)

Ubud is the cultural and geographical heart of Bali.  Tourism boomed after the book and movie “Eat, Pray, Love” and how could a single girl not want to look like Julia Roberts and fall in love with Javier Bardem in the rice fields?  Come to think of it, I did see a disproportionate number of …

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Jul 30

Nusa Penida (Hottest New Spot off of Bali)

The 2016 edition of Indonesia Lonely Planet says of Nusa Penida: “Largely overlooked by tourists, Nusa Penida awaits discovery.  It’s an untrammeled place that answers the question: what would Bali be like if tourists never came?”.  Well, that was the wording in the previous editions and it makes me seriously wonder if LP skipped visiting …

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Jul 08

Padangbai (Bali’s Secret Hidden in Plain Sight)

Everyday, 1000’s of Indonesians and tourists pour through the streets of the small coastal town of Padangbai.  Many take the local’s ferry to Nusa Penida or Lombok.  But even more go from shuttle bus to speedboat ferry to one of the three “Gili” Islands, or vice versa.  Less than 10% of the tourists choose to …

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Jul 04

Timor Leste Travel Tips – general tips and thoughts after my 8 day stay

In my last post, I called Timor Leste “Frustratingly Fantastic”.  The following post may seem extremely negative on Timor Leste, but I’m so happy I had a chance to visit the country and would definitely consider going back someday.  These are my Timor Leste Travel Tips…   General Tips The official currency is the US …

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Jun 22

Timor Leste Travel (My Crazy Journey to Jaco Island)

If I had to choose two words for Timor Leste Travel (formerly East Timor), it would be “Frustratingly Fantastic”.  As the newest country in Asia – it just turned 15 years old – it’s building its infrastructure.  There are very few tourists in this beautiful country, so traveling around isn’t so easy.  But the natural …

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Jun 20

Kupang to Dili Bus (Now even see more of West Timor)

There are no direct flights from Kupang to Dili, even though they are the capitals and largest islands on the two halves of Timor Island, West Timor (Indonesia) and Timor Leste (formerly “East Timor”).  Possibly the best way to go from Kupang to Dili is to take the Kupang to Dili Bus, or shuttle bus …

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Jun 08

West Timor Tour (How to See More in West Timor)

West Timor is generally off the tourists’ radar when in Indonesia.  Other islands such as Java, Bali, Lombok, and Sumatra are thousands of times more likely to be visited to Timor.  That was part of my draw to this area, as I was looking to get off the tourist trail.  It’s difficult to do this …

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Jun 04

Things to Do on Flores Island other than Komodo National Park

Every tourist you meet on Flores Island has visited or is on their way to Komodo National Park for its wildlife both on land and in sea.  But Flores Island has so much more to offer.  There are many Things to Do on Flores Island other than Komodo National Park. See if you think so …

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