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.

16 comments:

  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.:)

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  5. Most people have a list of New year resolutions...it 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.

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  6. Happy New Year !

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

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

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

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

    mysterious_malady,
    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.

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  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?

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  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.

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

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

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  13. You should do a trip to Mudumalai / Bandipur

    you can see some of my bandipur mudumalai wildlife / bird pictures at http://www.wildlifesanctuaryindia.com/wildlife/
    Best regards
    Bala

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

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

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