Gosh! Another year comes to a close and another begins! 2014 was a wonderful travel year for me. I chalked up tens of thousands of miles, visiting twelve countries on five continents. In my New Year’s post at the start of 2014, I wrote:
I prefer to see each new year as a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with colour, beauty and inspiration. It’s up to me to create the best painting I can with all the tools I have. I’m very excited about the new year and I’m convinced my painting will be a stunner!
So what turned up on my “blank canvas”? Well, I didn’t exactly paint but when I gathered my travel photos from 2014 and created a collage, it turned out to be a “stunner” indeed!
For me, 2014 was a fulfilling year, full of incredible travel experiences as well as challenges, triumphs, and moments of sadness and joy. I stepped out of my comfort zone on numerous occasions to try something new, such as learning to snowboard in Quebéc; and challenged my fear of heights by going canyoning and soaring in the sky in a microlight on Reunion Island. I tested my determination and skills to successfully organise my first conference (with lots of help from my friends), the Social Travel Summit. I felt the anguish after the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine, an incident which strengthened my resolve to make every day count. Striking a good balance between my work and my personal life was a big theme for me this year and I did my best to make it happen, spending quality time with my loved ones at home in between my travels.
To everyone – my family, friends, colleagues, mentors and my readers – I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your enthusiasm, encouragement and love.
2014: My year of travel
Please scroll down for a list of related posts and photos from my year of travel (the sequence reflects the photos in the collage above, from top-left to right).
The perfect winter getaway
Winter in Quebéc – Mont Tremblant and Montréal
- An awesome winter in Quebec
- An oasis in the snow
- Montréal in five restaurants
- Winter fun in Quebec – the video
- Five ways to enjoy winter in Montréal
The Social Travel Summit, Leipzig, Germany
The historic Social Travel Summit
History and wine in Rheingau
Tulips in Holland
- Finding paradise in Grootbos
- An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape
- Wine-blending at Middelvlei Wines
- Six Stellenbosch wineries to visit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- The magic of Rio de Janeiro in photos
- Inspired by Rio
The treasures of Gallipoli
KLM Dakota DC3 flight
A flight back in time on a Dakota DC3
- An Instagram tour of Reunion
- A bird’s eye view of Reunion Island
- Driving the Route du Volcan
- Reunion Island video – the ultimate adventure island
- Chilling on the Perhentian Islands
- Plane views: Kuala Lumpur
Airbus A380 roll-out in Hamburg, Germany
Experiencing the Etihad Airways A380 roll-out
Bologna and Modena, Italy
And in between my travels, I was home in Amsterdam, working, spending time with my family and taking pictures of my beloved city!
And that was my 2014!
Here’s wishing you a HAPPY, HEALTHY and SUCCESSFUL 2015!
What will be on your canvas in 2015?
Cheers and lots of hugs,