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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 10 Dec '10 14:22

Hi there travellers,

As always around this time of year, it's time to look back and see what travels you made in 2010 and what (vague) plans you have in 2011. I'll start;)

2010 was a big travel year for me, with lots of new experiences.
I started with a rather short trip to India, but my main aim was to visit Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks to see tigers. And I did, quite a few actually. Let's hope these fantastic animals will survive the future! Had a stopover in Dubai: one of only a few disappointments in travelling so far...

The big trip was a 5-week roadtrip across the west of the USA, visiting a friend in San Francisco as well. Fantastic nature and a few nice cities. Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon were my favorites and experiencing the extreme temperatures in Death Valley was something I enjoyed as well. Thank you airconditioning..

Did a short European trip in September to the Faroe Islands (no aircon needed) and did excellent hiking and it really is one of the purest places in Europe.

In November I did a relaxing trip to some Caribbean Islands, including the British Virgin Islands and my favorite: Saba!

And Tuesday I will fly to Brazil, a bit of travelling but mainly going there for the wedding of my cousin in Veranopolis, a small city in the south of the country.

Next year? Well, as always lots of opportunities but I hope to spend another month or so in the southeastern part of the USA ending with a few days on the Bahamas or Turks and Caicos Islands. The rest is rather open, but Chicago and San Francisco again could be a possibility, as well as Surinam, Rwanda and/or Japan. We will see what 2011 brings.

Still, wish you all a happy Christmas and Newyears time and stay tuned on TP in 2011 of course.

Happy Travels
Michael

2. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5463 posts) 12 Dec '10 16:41

Big trip this past year was the month we spent in San Diego. It was just the right thing to do with kids - settled in to a nice house and enjoyed getting comfortable in new surroundings. A lot of fun! And Miles is still talking about it. Everytime a plane is mentioned he'll say, "I went on a plane!".

Other than that just really short trips.

Not sure what 2011 will hold. Hopefully we can get away for another extended trip with the kids.

3. Posted by leon.parts (Inactive, 10 posts) 12 Dec '10 20:51

In 2010 I had the joy of travelling to:

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain

In 2011 I have planned:

Thailand and Laos in January.
Within my own country, Tasmania in Feburary.

Hopefully I'll keep up the travel all year long! I have always wanted to go to Bali, but my much closer plans are for Perth in May or so.

4. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member, 410 posts) 12 Dec '10 23:47

Unlike Michael, I only took 2 trips last year:

1. Greece and Egypt. The unusual thing about this trip was that I passed between 3 continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) several times. I flew from China (Asia) to Greece (Europe), then Egypt (Africa), across the Red Sea by ferry to Sinai (Asia), then back to Cairo (Africa), then back to Greece (Europe) before returning to China (Asia).

So: Asia->Europe->Africa->Asia->Africa->Europe->Asia. In less than 2 weeks. :)

2. China roadtrip. My fiancee, best friend and I rented a car and drove up to a small city, Yichun (her hometown) in the far northeastern part of China, from Dalian, for a wedding. Then my wife, best friend and I drove back to Dalian.

2011: My parents will be coming to visit me, here in China, in the summer. We'll be showing them around this big, beautiful country. And showing off our newborn. :)

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6. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 13 Dec '10 08:16

Michael, I don't like you anymore! You travel too much! ;)

I do have to say 2010 presented me with my first trip to New York City. (Only ever seen the inside and smoking area of the Newark, New Jersey airport as layovers previously.) Beerman had been to NYC several years ago. He was impressed with the changes that have taken place in Greenwich Village, where we stayed. Though we didn't visit Ellis Island, we did take a river tour and being so close to the Statue of Liberty made me cry. (Yeah - wimpy weepy-eyed person.) I'd only seen it from the air on the way to Newark.)

July 4th weekend allowed us a trip to northwestern Minnesota to visit family members I hadn't seen since 1979. It also meant LAKE time!! (Growing up in Minnesota, there's a lake every few feet. Illinois sadly does not have that.) The visit was way too short but excellent.

As for 2011 - like Peter - who knows what it will bring our way. I do know we're working on another July 4th visit to Minnesota (hey - lake time) and spending a few more days there.

Other than that, it's the almost monthly trips into Chicago for gatherings with Beerman's family and the weekly trips to the grocery store. (Don't tell him but, Beerman has a noteworthy birthday coming up in June so anyone willing to contribute to the "Take Beerman to the Caribbean" fund.. The address is Kalav Manor, Middle-Of-Nowhere, Illinois. Thanks!)

7. Posted by bstlarry (Budding Member, 3 posts) 13 Dec '10 11:58

One of the most beautiful places in North America. Coeur D Alene Resort in Idaho!!!!

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 13 Dec '10 12:37

Wouldn't it be great to have a 2011 TP meeting with all admins and moderators? And anyone else of course!

9. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5463 posts) 13 Dec '10 15:58

Quoting Utrecht

Wouldn't it be great to have a 2011 TP meeting with all admins and moderators? And anyone else of course!

That could be fun indeed :) Been a while since a good TP meetup.

10. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru, 256 posts) 14 Dec '10 23:15

2010 begun in Bansko (Bulgaria). 2 weeks of snowbording. It was increadiable cold there! Then I was stucked at home for about 0,5 year, planned couple of short goes, but it didnt happen for various reasons. Summer (2 months) I spent in Austria - mostly being in Vienna, but did many "daily trips" here and there out of Vienna. On the way discovered Munich in Germany (3 days there), from Munich went back to Vienna slowly, by trains - stopping here and there. In November lived aboard of "Sea Queen" dive-boat (little ship?) in Red Sea - South of Sharm El Seikh (Egypt). Was searching for sharks, have seen many other interesting things underwater - includes big school of dolphins, but not sharks, unfortunately. I wish to make Christmas & New Year in Italy but I dont think it will b possible ... ohh.. there r so cheap flights right now!!! Painful to miss...

2011 will be opened with snowboard. This time in Romania. Then Red Sea dive in March - in Eilat, Israel and hopefuly in Aquaba, Jordan. In May we supposed to move to another apartment (rent) - and I have no clue yet where. Definatelly it will b in same country. It's not clear plan yet for summer. I hope be able to be somewhere in Europe and go thrught - backpacking, moving by public transport and may be even picking-up partly. Let's see how it comes and where it goes.