Category: Undiscovered Gems

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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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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Apr 07

Things to do in Churchill, Manitoba (Belugas, and Borealis, and Bears, Oh My!)

In August 2015, I was lucky to get a chance to visit Churchill in Summer.  The following are my suggested things to do in Churchill as I took a trip to Churchill in August. Take the Train to Churchill Upon train arrival in Churchill, the friendly Tundra Inn van met us passengers.  They hauled us …

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Mar 26

Gobi(g) or Go Home (Destination: Gobi Desert Trip, Mongolia)

If visiting Mongolia, and absolute must is a Gobi Desert Trip.  I met a few ladies on the internet and we booked a trip through Khonghor Guesthouse. Our group of 5 ladies, a driver, guide, and our Russian van stopped to stock up on groceries in the capital city before we slowly made our way …

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Mar 21

Mud Volcanoes Azerbaijan (Gobustan)

If you’re looking for a unique place to visit, the Mud Volcanoes Azerbaijan in Gobustan were my highlight of Azerbaijan. As we departed Baku, we were stuck in traffic for a bit but arrived at our campsite near the mud volcanoes around 3pm. We hiked up a hill and started to look at the various …

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Mar 18

Incredible views (Destination: Western Kyrgyzstan)

Wed, Oct 23, 2013 Another nice breakfast and 8:00 departure from Bishkek. It was a LONG day of driving and I think the extremely long walking in flip flops on cement yesterday meant I felt very achy all day. The views were good but it was cloudy most of the day. The most interesting things …

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