Friday, September 5, 2008

The Magic of Lombok

Reader (and author) Kathryn Alice just sent along some lovely photos of her stay in Lombok, a gorgeous island in the Nusa Tenggara chain that's somewhat like Bali's overlooked kid sister. Not as developed or overrun with tourists as Bali's Kuta Beach and the like, to the island's direct west ... which is a very good thing.

Alice took full advantage, spending three months on the island and writing a book for good measure. For Americans looking to stretch their travel cash, she says it's the ideal locale to live for cheap - the weak US dollar still goes a long way here - and do nothing but "write and dive and sail." It's also a good jumping-off point for visiting islands further down the chain, like Sumbawa and Flores. And don't forget the Gili islands off the northwest coast, sandy gems that have long been known to the backpacking crowd.

Visit Alice's personal site at, and be sure to check out her book Love Will Find You, on and everywhere else.

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