Category: Unique Experiences

Oct 19

Getting to Somaliland (A Bombed Embassy, a President’s Welcome, and Drug Trafficking)

Getting to Somaliland is no easy task.  We had an adventure from the obtaining of the visa to getting to the border and onto Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland where we would spend a few nights. Before getting to far into this story, I should mention the importance of khat (pronounced “kat”) in this region …

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Oct 15

Harar Ethiopia (Where I Fed a Wild Hyena and Got a Man Arrested)

Harar Ethiopia is one of the most interesting places to visit in Ethiopia, but it gets much fewer visits than the major sites in the north and south. I had a pretty crazy time here from feeding hyenas, to attempting to visit a brewery, and inadvertently getting someone arrested!  Read more to find out why. …

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Oct 06

thehotflashpacker Blog Gets a New Logo!

Before I announce my new logo, a few announcements: If you haven’t already, follow me on Instagram.  Soon you will see interesting shots from the horn of Africa. If you haven’t been to the website recently, you might want to check out the FREE STUFF page.  Not only can you get discounts, if you use …

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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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May 29

Camping in Komodo Park (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 24

Traverse City State Hospital Extended Tripod Photography Tour (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 Traverse City State Hospital Extended Tripod Photography Tour with a professional photographer at the deserted buildings of the Traverse City State (Mental) Hospital, I had to go.  These tours only run a …

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Apr 17

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

I like train trips.  My some of my favorites were the Transsiberian trip across Russia and the Canadian Via Rail to Churchill – the Polar Bear Capital of the world.  This year I got to take Amtrak Across America – at least half way.  My trip on the Amtrak Empire Builder started at one of …

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Apr 07

Swimming Polar Bear in Hudson Bay (Polar Bear Plunge)

While on a zodiac boat to snorkel with beluga whales in Churchill, Manitoba, I was lucky to witness a swimming polar bear in the Hudson Bay. Yeah… I see YOU!

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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Apr 01

Visiting Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Soloeast Tour (Chernobyl Diaries)

Most people visiting Chernobyl do so in a whirlwind 1-day tour from Kyiv, with 2 hours diving each way.  It’s also possible to do longer trips, but these are much more expensive and for those that have a deep interest in Chernobyl.  My friend and I decided to do the middle trip – a 2-day …

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