Category Archive: Scenery

Amazing scenery photos by TheHotFlashPacker

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 (Subtitle: 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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Jun 22

Traveling Timor Leste (Subtitle: My Crazy Journey to Jaco Island)

If I had to choose two words for Timor Leste (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 beauty …

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Jun 20

Kupang to Dili Bus (Subtitle: 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 shuttle bus by Timor Tour and Travel …

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Jun 08

West Timor Tour (Subtitle: 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. Upon arrival in Kupang, the …

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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.  See if you think so too… Note that sites are listed from West to East.   Labuanbajo Sunsets I …

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May 29

Camping in Komodo Park (Subtitle: Being chased by a Komodo Dragon when it’s that time of the month)

Visiting the Komodo Dragons has been a long-time dream of mine.  There’s something so interesting about seeing the deadly world’s largest lizard.  They have a poisonous venom that kills large prey slowly and then the dragon can eat the animal, bones and all.  Komodos typically eat once a month and will eat 80% of their …

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Apr 30

Michigan in the Spring (Subtitle: Closed Until Spring)

Closed Until Spring (Destination: Michigan in the Spring) Michigan is a winter wonderland with skiing and snowmobiling and a summer spectacular with great weather and many things for tourists to do.  Before visiting Michigan in spring, I spent some time googling “Traveling in Michigan in Spring” and “Michigan in Springtime”.  The searches didn’t come up …

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Apr 17

Amtrak Across America (Subtitle: I’m Going to WIN!)

Traveled April, 2017 My trip on the Amtrak Empire Builder started at one of the two west coast hubs – Seattle.  The other being Portland.  These two trains connect in Spokane, WA and then make their way to Chicago. Seattle has the great old King Street station.  Our departure time was scheduled for 4:40 but …

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