Friday, December 26, 2008

Looking Forward to 2009

I started this blog in 2008 more out of frustration than anything. I used to write travelogues of my trips and send it to dozens of friends and not receive any comments. It would drive me crazy and make me second-guess myself. That is when a friend suggested that I start a blog and get like minded people to read it. Thanks to her suggestion, I don't bother my friends now (Well....not as much as I used to).

2008 was a great year for us, travel and other wise too. Here are trip reports from our travels in 2008:

For 2009, I have grand travel plans. My new job offers a lot of flexibility and free time in between projects. I am hoping to travel to
  • New Zealand - This is definitely happening. Saru and I are going there in Feb.
  • Jim Corbett NP - I really hope NatureIndia organizes another tour in March or April. Adesh Shivkar, the resource person for the tour is the best birding guide ever.
  • Valley of Flowers trek - I really want to do at least one Himalayan trek this year. I am religiously exercising everyday to build up my stamina.
  • Ladakh - Might go with WOW if the husband can't take time off.
Lots of other places are on the wishlist - Mudumalai, Dandeli, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh. A lot depends on the spouse's vacation availability and my luck in finding good travel partners. Too see what other travelers have on their wish list, visit the Club Mahindra blog.

I cannot put myself to publish a post without a picture, so here is one from San Francisco bay area where we lived for the last eight years.

Cheers and have a great 2009.


  1. Vamsee,

    Wow, that's a lot of travel you did in 2008. I wish you the very best for 2009 and hope all your dreams come true, including travel-related.

    Btw, I've travelled to 2,3 and 4 of your list for 2009 and few in your wishlist too. All the best for your NZ tour. This is on my wishlist too.

    Again, a very happy New Year.:)

  2. Celine,
    Happy New Year to you too. I will be sure to ask your help when I am ready to plan those trips.

    Hitch Writer,
    Good luck with Xplorers.

  3. If you do go to Ladakh, I'm expecting a really good blog on it. ;) It's been on my wish list for the longest time ever. *sigh*

    And a happy new year to you too!

  4. hi,
    All the best in the New Year for no missed opportunity for a great work, good health, success and prosperity.

  5. Most people have a list of New year is refreshing to see a different kind of list for change! Great list of places. Valley of Flowers seems like an exciting place to visit.

  6. Happy New Year !

    I wish I could go on the Valley of Flowers trek too !

  7. !!!! WISH YOU AND YOURS A SUPER 2009 !!!!

  8. Wish you a very happy 2009. May you both travel more.

  9. vagabond,
    If you happen to be in India during the summer months, then you could go to Ladakh too.

    Why don't you come? Your sis wants to go on a Himalayan trek too, but it will be hard to coordinate with her.

    kala, magiceye, Mridula,
    Happy New Year and happy travels.

  10. You did some great trips this year, lucky girl! Even though I am not in the business of New Year's resolution, I have a mantra: more travels, more travels....
    Valley of the Flowers, Ladakh... I can dream too, can I?

  11. Happy New Year!

    Looking forward to accounts of your trips. They are always nice and fresh and I really enjoy reading them! Keep up the good work.

  12. Fida,
    Don't just dream. Make a trip out here and join me.

    Thanks. I like to keep my travelogues simple and more about the experience.

  13. You should do a trip to Mudumalai / Bandipur

    you can see some of my bandipur mudumalai wildlife / bird pictures at
    Best regards

  14. Anytime Vamsee, will be a pleasure to assist in whatever way I can!

  15. I love the reflection of the bridge in the water!