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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 20

Total Eclipse 2017 (Subtitle: Eclipse Tips – Not too Late to See It)

Millions of Americans and visitors are planning on watching the Great Eclipse this August 21, 2017 and it’s not too late to plan a trip. Although hotels have been sold out for years, it’s still possible to camp in prime viewing spots throughout the US.  I put together this guide to plan your Eclipse trip …

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Jul 04

Timor Leste – general tips for travel 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.   General Tips The official currency is the US dollar.  They accept all denominations from $1 …

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May 08

Fun Things to do in Huntsville, Alabama (Subtitle: I heart HSV?)

When planning a vacation, Huntsville isn’t at the top of many lists, but maybe it should be.  For a 200,000 population, the city has a home town, relaxed feel.  And the city has the highest per capita of Ph.D’s, a huge art scene, and friendly population so it’s a great place to mingle with the …

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May 07

Top Things to do in Nashville (Subtitle: Music City, USA)

Nashville is Music City USA, but also party central USA.  There are endless concerts, tours, sporting events to keep a person busy for days.  I had the pleasure to spent 4 days and 4 nights there.  Even as a solo female, I was able to meet lots of people and have a fun time. A …

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May 03

Visiting Lynchburg Tennessee (Subtitle: I DO know Jack!)

If you want to get out of Nashville for a day and see a bit of the countryside, Lynchburg, TN is a good destination.  I rented a car for the day and headed south to Lynchburg, home of Jack Daniel’s Whisky and a cute little town with a population of 361. The quickest route is …

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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 24

Traverse City State Hospital (Subtitle: Sanity Check)

Last year, I really enjoyed visiting the deserted buildings of Pripyat, Ukraine in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.  So, when I heard about the “Extended Photo Tours” with a professional photographer at the deserted buildings of the Traverse City State (Mental) Hospital, I had to go.  These tours only run a couple times per year, so …

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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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Apr 08

Visit Winnipeg, Manitoba (Subtitle: The Short Journey to Churchill)

Anyone on their way to or from Churchill, Manitoba should definitely consider a stop in Winnipeg.  Visiting the zoo is a nice companion to your Polar Bear excursions in Churchill. Traveled August, 2015. We arrived in the very nice Winnipeg airport Hampton Inn late in the evening after our long drive from Thompson that afternoon. …

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