Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stay Classy 2014: 2014 Travel Review

2014 Travel Review | Todd's Travels Travel Blog

Wow, 2014 what a year.

Despite spending most of 2014 studying for my final exams, I managed to fit in a fair bit of travelling and I made the most of the last dying moments of my student overdraft, which in turn meant the second half of the year was spent paying it off.

But it was so bloody worth it.

2014 saw 6 destinations, two I had never been to before, a new continent and a return to my old stomping ground. It wasn't a shabby year, to say the least.

2014 Travel Review : Plaza Real Barcelona | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
2014 Travel Review: Eating tapas Barcelona | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
2014 Travel Review: Seared Tuna at La Mary, Barcelona | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
2014 Travel Review: Parc Güell, Barcelona | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
2014 Travel Review: Parc Güell Lizard, Barcelona | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
2014 Travel Review: Juices at La Boqueria Market, Barcelona | Todd's Travels Travel Blog

January was quiet due to dissertation deadlines and exams but February really got the ball rolling. February saw a weekend trip away to Barcelona to meet up with my co-Central America traveller Martina. It was the perfect weekend trip with plenty of eating, drinking and being merry. Plus plenty of aimless wandering (sorry Martina).

2014 Travel Review: Scene in Georgetown's Old Town, Penang, Malaysia | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Georgetown Old Town, Penang, Malaysia | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Piggy custard buns, Dim Dim Sum, Hong Kong | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Teamwork in Jordan, Hong Kong | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Buddha at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Hong Kong Skyline, Hong Kong | Todd's Travels Travel Blog

Then in April saw two new destinations being explored (and my first time in Asia). I made the 12 hour flight over to Hong Kong to see my sister from another mister Caitlin before making the most of her holiday time to venture around Malaysia for 10 days. The time was spent eating as much yummy delicacies as humanly possible as well as fitting in a cheeky bit of exploring too.

Wollaton Hall, Nottingham | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Nottingham sign at University Park Campus, Nottingham | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Graduation 2014, Nottingham | Todd's Travels Travel Blog

It was a good job I went off to Asia before my final exams because May through to the end of June saw me stuck in Nottingham. That's not to say I didn't do some last minute exploring of the place I called home for four years. Oh, and I only went and graduated too. Grand.

Malaga, Spain | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Graffiti tag, Malaga | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Malaga skyline at night | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Paris skyline from Printemps roof | Todd's Travels Travel Blog
Upside down Christmas Tree, Galeries Lafayette, Paris | Todd's Travels Travel Blog

There was a little-documented trip to Málaga as a post-graduation celebration (where I did little but eat and laze in the sun) but then the rest of my time was spent paying off my substantial student overdraft. Although I casually booked some tickets off to Paris this month (more on that later) and I finally returned to the beautiful city after almost two years away. It was a pretty sweet way to round off 2014.

So what's in store for 2015? Well. I may have mentioned this in passing (or just every waking minute) but I am finally making my return to my beloved Colombia in February for 6 months. Not much is set in stone other than that but I've got a sneaky feeling 2015 is going to be a good'un.

So here's to 2014, and now is time to briefly start off the year with good intentions before slipping back into our sinful, immoral ways. Happy new year and have a great 2015!

How was your 2014? What are your travel plans for 2015?

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