Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Trips Planned for the Upcoming Year

I am on my way home from Malaysia right now. It's the first time I've gotten to take a nice road trip in Malaysia in several years, due to my busy China-related travel schedule during that time. I will continue to be busy with travel to and from China for some time to come, but I do plan to try to make a few trips in the upcoming year as well.

The US
Next on the agenda is the US. In fact, I'm probably in the States (again) even as you read. I'll have a very short stay, though. I'll only be there about a few days before turning around to fly back home. All in all, I'll be away from Singapore for right about a week, but with the long travel times involved, that means I'll only be in the US for a total of about 4 nights.

Right after returning from the US, I'll be heading up to China for another extended study stay. I should be there for about 2 months, give or take. This time I plan to venture out of Shanghai, meeting some friends at Hainan before returning to Singapore in November. I will probably have a similar stay coming up in Spring next year, and hope to visit other parts of China then too.

An Unknown Destination
Just before my typically busy summer starts, I will take a trip with some friends, but we have not yet decided where we are going. We are going to watch the offers in the travel section of the newspaper and just hit the road for a fun trip, aiming for a destination none of us have been to before.

Paya Indah Wetlands
The park around Paya Indah Wetlands will be reopened sometime next year, and we plan to spend part of Singapore's June holidays visiting the park. It is a beautiful area just south of KL, and we are looking forward to the visit.

The US, again
Sometime next year I will need to make a more lengthy trip to the States again, this one work related. I am hoping not to spend any longer than a month there, but it might have to stretch into six weeks.

Kota Kinabalu
It might be roughly 1 year from now before we get to make this trip, but several friends and I are already laying the groundwork to make our way to KK next year and climb Mount Kinabalu. We'll spend the 3 days required for that, then spend a little time touring around the area. I've talked about doing this for some time, but have never quite managed to get it together with friends and make the trip. I am really excited about it. The plan right now is for September next year.

Cycling tour
With the look of the above schedule, it seems it might be difficult for me to join a cycling tour with SpiceRoads within the next year, but I hope to do so as soon as I can get to it. I am eager to give the service a try, having only found out about them recently. I am not sure if I will just join a group that they have formed, or if I will try to form a group with some of my own friends. Either way, it looks like an exciting way to travel, and I am eager to try it out.

That's the travel I have planned more or less definitely for the next year. I have 2 longer stays in China (minimum of 2 months each) and a long-ish stay in the States (minimum of 1 month). It seems that I will not see much of Singapore between now and this time next year.

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silken said...

no matter how long you stay in the states, we always wish it was just a little longer! :)

hifidel said...

Thanks silken! It's always nice to visit, even when the trip is tiring.