Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Travel Highlights

What a year! I think it's fair to say that this has been my most memorable year of travels yet. Twenty-fourteen brought me to 10 countries and almost 30 different cities, each of which captured my heart in a unique way. I've savored many mouthwatering meals, had countless laughs with friends while on the road, and fine-tuned my ability to cram as much stuff into one carry-on as humanly possible. As I look back on the past 365 days, I feel ridiculously blessed. I can only hope that 2015 will be just as legendary! So without further ado, here are my favorite travel memories of 2014:

Discovering my Dutch roots in Amsterdam

Getting my first taste of Eastern Europe in Budapest

Uncovering the hidden gems of Northern France 
(And seeing Disclosure in Lille!)

Visiting fairytale Prague with my momma

... and then continuing the mother-daughter bonding in Vienna

Fulfilling my childhood dreams in Bavaria

Falling in love with Northern Spain in Asturias

Soaking up the sun and stuffing my face with feta in Greece

Spending the summer back home in Seattle

Eating and drinking my way through Spanish wine country

Exploring Istanbul with my best friend

Spending time with family and friends in San Francisco

Cheers to a 2015 that's just as epic! Happy New Year, everybody!

46 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great year it was.... looking back at all the travel opportunities makes one feel so unbelievably fortunate :) I love that you went to Prague with your mom too! And then Austria! It's definitely a great little corner of Europe to hang with your momma in :) Happy New Year!

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  2. That's amazing that you got to see so many cities in a year :) The last photo of SF is just beautiful. Happy New Year!

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  3. I've only been to Prague on this list - and you literally hit every other place I've been dying to go! Lovely photos, and Happy New Year!

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  4. It´s hard to pick one fave place... I think I´m going with Greece and Bavaria!!! Happy travelling in 2015!!

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  5. Your 2014 was filled with so many of my dream trips, I'm jealous!!! Beautiful photos, especially Bavaria!! I hope 2015 is just as good to your travels!!

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  6. I love this post! Thanks for sharing some of your favorite places of 2014!

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  7. Looks like a fantastic year for travel! Many of your destinations on here are places that are high up on my list to visit in the next year or 2!!!

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  8. What a wonderful year, Courtney! It looks like such a good mix of cities and culture. Travel is so important for the soul and I just love how your blog and your life captures this! :) We traveled to some similar places this year, too! I can't wait to see what's next for you in 2015!

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  9. ...Here's hoping that 2015 is full of even more adventure for the both of us!!...


    Btw, PLEASE tell me there's going to be an Istanbul post (or two)...

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  10. Thank you so much for featuring me :) They certainly were charming! Love your long list of travel adventures - wishing you plenty more in 2015. Happy New Year!

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  11. Wow! What a year indeed! I have felt sooo blessed this year too for being able to travel and see the world (I've been to a few of the same European cities as you this year!). Here's to a even more travel filled 2015!

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  12. Awesome highlights! Budapest looks like such a cool city and I hope to go there soon!

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  13. What an amazing year - I can't help but be slightly jealous of all the countries you've visited and the cool things you've experienced. So cool! I wish you a happy new year and amazing trips again for this new year :)

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  14. it was an amazing year indeed and 2015 will be even better :)

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  15. Wow! I'm jealous of Prague, since hearing about it a while ago. Missed out on it when I was abroad! Also, we visited a lot of the same places in 2014... obviously we both have good taste ;)

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  16. Holy moly, that's an awesome year of travel! I especially like your Istanbul post, as it's on my bucket list. Cheers to a fantastic 2015. :)

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  17. Happy New Year to you too Cynthia! Looks like you had a year filled with epic adventures as well :) And I agree - those spots are definitely best spent with mom!!

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  18. Isn't Budapest magical?! It's still one of my all-time favorite places!! I really hope I can go back one day!

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  19. Happy New Year to you too Caity! I'm sure you'll hit many of these destinations soon :)

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  20. Greece has got to be my favorite too :) I hope 2015 brings you many memorable trips and adventures!!

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  21. Thanks Casey! I can't wait to read more about your 2015 travels and adventures!

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  22. Cheers to that!! And yes - Istanbul posts are coming as soon as I get around to photo editing ;)

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  23. Thank YOU for contributing to my ever growing Germany-lust! I hope you have an epic, adventure-filled 2015!

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  24. Thank you Gina! I completely agree - travel is oh so good for the soul! I hope you have a marvelous 2015 chica :) Cheers to all of the adventures to come!!

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  25. Here here! Happy New Year Anna! I hope 2015 brings you just as many travels and adventures :)

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  26. Budapest is truly incredible! It's definitely one of my favorite destinations in Europe. I hope you get the chance to visit soon!

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  27. Thank you Camila! I hope you have an epic, adventure-filled 2015! I look forward to reading all about it :)

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  28. Haha yes, excellent taste indeed ;) And there's always next time for Prague!! There's always an excuse to get back to Europe, right?!

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  29. Thanks Em! Happy New Year! I hope 2015 brings you lots of good times and adventures :)

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  30. Sounds like a pretty great year! I went to Prague this year too, it is SO ridiculously pretty. Happy New Year! :)

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  31. Wow!! That is a fair few places!! Looks/sounds amazing. This is an impressive list!

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  32. Lucky you with all this amazing traveling! I'm super jealous of the Greece trip! We have a fantastic Greek restaurant here and it makes me want to visit so bad. What time of year did you go?

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  33. Of course. I'd literally take ANYTHING right now :p

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  34. what an incredible year! did I miss you in San Francisco??

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  35. Wow! You seriously had such an amazing year! Cheers to 2015!

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  36. What a fabulous year!! Wasn't Greece amazing? I could use some of the warmth right now! I will be scouring your Budapest posts for some upcoming travels!! Happy New Year!

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  37. I completely agree - Prague is insanely gorgeous. I felt like I was living in a fairy tale the whole time! And happy New Year to you too! I hope 2015 brings you many good times and adventures :)

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  38. I can't complain - I feel beyond lucky to have traveled this much in one year! If only I could do it every year ;) Happy New Year Holly!!

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  39. I would give just about anything to eat delicious Greek food again! I went in July, so it was pretty crowded, but the weather was perfect. It was one of my favorite trips ever!

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  40. Unfortunately so :( I was staying in Sunnyvale close to my grandparents' house, so I only got to spend a few days in the city. But I'm definitely going to apply to grad school in SF, because I could totally see myself living there!!

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  41. Thanks Ashley! I hope you have a wonderful and adventure-filled 2015! :)

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  42. Oh my word, Greece was beyond incredible!! Seriously, I just want to be back there right now soaking up the sun and eating dolma. But you are going to LOVE Budapest! Make sure to go to the Szechenyi baths and the Great Market Hall :)

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