Yes, I’m a little late with my ‘2014 round-up’ post. But I figure we can keep saying ‘Happy New Year’ until January’s in double digits, so it’s not too late for a quick look back at 2014… travel-style.
In 2013’s Year in Travel, I kept it quite local and visited lots of amazing UK locations. 2014’s jaunts were a little more far-flung and included a few countries that were brand new to me. Let’s start with…
This was my first trip to Hamburg, and my first trip to Germany! I absolutely loved Hamburg – the architecture, the graffiti, the food! This was a trip with the Hamburg Tourist Board so our tour guides were amazing and along with the rest of the group, I learnt lots about this fascinating city. And The Beatles!
Oh Edinburgh, how I love you! As soon as I touched down from my Hamburg trip, Rob and I headed up north for a weekend in Edinburgh. I will never tire of this amazing city – despite our numerous trips we still found new things to do, like climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat. As always, I was sad to leave and searched Rightmove for ‘properties to rent in Edinburgh’ on the train ride home.
Read my post on Things to do in Edinburgh here.
I’m going for at least one trip to New York each year – it’s a 3-year tradition that’s still going strong! In 2014 I went with my friends Lauren and Nic and we had the best time. Cycling in Central Park, brunch in Chelsea, cocktails in secret bars at 3am, loads of sightseeing and a base in Brooklyn. Take me back!
I love city breaks, but sometimes a week in the sun with little/nothing to do is perfect. In June, Rob and I went away with my family to a gorgeous villa on the Spain/Portugal border. It was quiet, hot and my mum did all the cooking – absolute dream. Apart from the night I dropped my phone in the lake, but never mind. RIP, Orla Kiely phone case.
I did a whole week of posts about this holiday – here they are:
My second trip to Germany saw me heading to Berlin Fashion Week as a guest of Tamaris. It was super short but very sweet – like Hamburg, Berlin’s architecture and street art had me hooked and I just wish I’d had more time to explore. All the most reason to go back, I guess… particularly as I’m in serious need of another schnitzel.
August was the month of my friend Laura’s wedding, but first was the hen do. We headed up to Keswick in the Lake District for a weekend of drinking, dancing, debauchery and… erm, climbing! I loved this quaint country location almost as much as I loved the classic 90s RnB they played in the town’s nightclub.
And then, it was Paris. Another girls’ trip, this time to see the final night of Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On The Run tour. Like Edinburgh and New York, Paris is a city I’ll just never be bored of – there’s so much beauty, so much excitement, so much wine. And Bey and Jay (plus special guest Nicki Minaj) killed it – one of my fave weekends of the year.
Late September saw Rob and I jump in the car with our pals Matt and Lil for a quick 12-hour drive up to the Scottish Highlands. The journey was more than worth it (especially with the stop at Ox and Finch in Glasgow) for the epic views, amazing walks and endless cheese boards.
The full post on our second Scottish trip of the year is here.
Another trip with the girls, this time much closer to home – Jollydays is only an hour away but our stay under canvas felt like another world! We ate, we drank, we toasted marshmallows and enjoyed the novelty of a roll-top bath… in a tent. Amazing.
More on my Jollydays stay here.
My last big trip of the year was with Barbour… and to Scotland! Again! I headed back up to Edinburgh to see Barbour’s Winter Tartan range, then on to Newcastle to explore Barbour HQ in South Shields. This was one of my favourite-ever press trips – everything was so perfectly thought out, and it was brilliant to discover a brand on its home turf.
My post on the Barbour trip is here.
And that’s it! Another Year in Travel – done. As we move into a new year, I want to spread my wings a bit and visit some new places – maybe somewhere beachy, and far away…
Where would you like to go in 2015?