Travel Vicariously During the Coronavirus Era!

Talk about sheer joy! Swinging over the rice terrace at Tegallang in Bali was amazing!

Let’s all travel vicariously during the coronavirus era, and to start us off, I’m going to start posting photoblogs of my January/February trip to Indonesia!


My trip to Indonesia had been planned a year in advance. I planned a dive trip with Ray of Hope Expeditions, and looked forward to seeing good friends again and diving Raja Ampat on a new liveaboard, the Coralia. The trip did not disappoint!

The coronavirus was just hitting the news as I left, but I always mask and use sanitizer on my seat and entire area.
Japan Airlines Business Class is wonderful!

Getting there was the issue. I usually use award miles on these long, long flights because with my chronic back pain and other issues, I just cannot fly coach. I flew from Dallas to Narita (Tokyo) on Japan Airlines (they are awesome), Narita to Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur to Depensar Bali (on Malaysian Air, another great airline, to Makassar, finally arriving in Sorong on Garuda Indonesia, the official airline of Indonesia! Yes, a very long trip. (The Garuda (Sanskrit: गरुड़ Garuḍa; Pāli: गरुळ Garuḷa) is a legendary bird or bird-like creature in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. He is variously the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha. Garuda is Indonesia’s symbol).

It took 3 days just to get there! After arriving, I stayed at the Swissbel Hotel, and spent the day in my room, resting, sleeping and eating. I really enjoyed hearing the prayers all day from the mosque located not far from the hotel. I opened my balcony so I could hear them.

My flight path
I love airports. This is Kuala Lumpur (*I think!)
Japan Airlines Business Class Lounge in Narita. I LOVE airline lounges with their drinks, free food, and showers!
My view of Sorong Harbour from the Swissbel
Depensar Airport Bali always has the good spirit, the Barong, and the bad spirit, the Rangda, to greet you! Both must be placated.

So, welcome to the start of my fabulous trip, and the next blog will be the introduction to the Coralia and diving in Raja Ampat!!! As I said, we need to travel vicariously during the coronavirus era!

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Tam Warner

Award Winning Travel Journalist and Blogger, writing about Eclectic Travels in the Empty Nest! From scuba to luxury cruises to kayaking to expeditions, Tam is ready to go! Contact me at

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