15 Countries I Visited in 2014: Hits, Misses and Maybes

I can’t believe the places I’ve been and the things I’ve seen this year, I really can’t. Travel-wise it’s been absolutely incredible. Looking forward to keeping it up in 2015!

I’ll have to confess I didn’t love them all though – how can you love everything? I definitely didn’t hate anywhere but I want to be honest with you guys so using my experience – which could be anything from two days to two weeks in a place – I’ve made a quick judgment as to whether a whole country is a hit, miss or maybe. Not very scientific, but here’s my opinion on the 15 countries I’ve visited this year…

1. Thailand

January – Bangkok and Phuket

Private jet in Thailand

The year started with a press trip to Thailand to visit the events venues in Phuket. Apart from the banquets I ate every day, and some Thai guy butchering my ear, the highlight was definitely a ride in a private jet. Celeb much?

Hit: It’s given me an appetite to see the beaches and towns in the rest of the country. 

2. Australia

February – Gold Coast and Melbourne

Adventures in 2015

I went on a work trip to Australia to take the gapyear.com competition winners to the Gold Coast to explore everything there is to see there. Of course I had to join in too. I loved the three-hour karaoke jet ski ride I went on, and camping up in the hinterland was pretty cool too. Holding a koala like a baby would have to come out on top though.

Hit: I’d never been that interested in Oz before but now I feel like I want to see more. 

3. New Zealand

February – Auckland, Taupo, Pahia


Somehow I managed to get my boss to let me go to New Zealand for a week after Australia, all comped from Nomads Hostels and Kiwi Experience. I can’t even describe how much fun it was to skydive, you’ll just have to watch the video above, or do it yourself.

Maybe: I loved the activities and the scenery but there was no culture in NZ and the towns were sparse. Still want to go back and see the South Island though. Sad that I didn’t love it as much as everyone else seems to. 

4. USA

April – San Francisco, Monterey, LA, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, NYC

USA music festivals

Next up came a trip of a lifetime road tripping the USA from San Francisco to Vegas via Coachella Festival and then onto New York. Shame me and my 5-year-long boyfriend split up on day three, which is why you haven’t heard much about the trip. I’ll get round to it one day.

Hit: Big USA adventure planned for the future. 

5. Greece

June – Rhodes

2015 adventures

Girlie holiday to Greece: the best way to get over any kind of distress. Me and my bezza booked a trip to Rhodes for sun, sand, olives, yogurt, wine and bike rides. We drank so much gin at the hotel bar our fellow holidaymakers only knew us as G and T – that’s the kind of legacy I like to leave.

Maybe: I enjoyed it, I like Greece but I wouldn’t go back to Rhodes.

6. France

July – Paris

Trip to Paris

Next up another girlie holiday to Paris, on a tight budget. I think it was because three of us were going to be 30 this year, I’m sure that was the idea behind it. I’m not sure we made any mention to it when we were there though and just ended up having a brilliant 5 days in the hot summer sun drinking, eating incredible fondue and talking to lovely French boys. Oo la la.

Hit: Love Paris. I’d love to visit for a few weeks in the future and really get to know it, rather than just the bars and parks. 

7. Slovakia

July – Bratislava

Bratislava in 2014

I only had two days in Bratislava, maybe I need to go again for a better impression but it struck me as a place to go for a drinking weekend with friends rather than somewhere with loads to do. I had a good run up to the castle and enjoyed taking photos of the Old Town, but that was about it.

Maybe: Best done with friends. 

8. Hungary

August – Budapest

2015 adventures

Love love love Budapest. Such a cool city and I was there for Sziget Festival. A friend and I got a flat for a few days and then managed to use my IHG points for an incredible room at the Intercontinental Hotel right on the River Danube. I’ll definitely be going back to Budapest next year, just you wait.

Hit: Huge hit in fact.

9. Romania

August – Timisoara, Brasov, Bucharest

Trains in Romania

Brasov in Budapest was so nice. A cute little town with an interesting hike up to the mountains. To be completely honest I wasn’t taken enough by Romania to write about it, but I’m glad I’ve seen it – if only to take this photo!

Miss: Romania just felt a bit sketchy. I tried to ignore it and enjoy it but then my phone got stolen and I realised why I had that bad feeling. 

10. Bulgaria

August – Sofia

my 2014

I spent 5 days in Sofia and used it as a good opportunity to relax before flying home for my friend’s wedding. Interesting city, for a day or two, and I enjoyed the walking tour for a day.

Maybe: I had some really nice food in Bulgaria, in fact the best pasta I’d ever tasted, and Sofia was a lovely little town but I was just there for too long. I’d recommend it for a weekend, but nothing more. 

11. Italy

September – Cinque Terre and Lake Como

2015 holiday

Both really cute towns in Italy full of character and expensive yet delicious items. I had a great time hiking in the Cinque Terre and then meeting my family for a villa holiday in Lake Como. We ate a lot, drank a lot and played a crazy amount of cards because the weather was pants. Loved it.

Hit: Italian food, wine and countryside, of course I loved it! 

12. Saint Lucia

September – Morgan Bay

2015 adventures

I was invited to go and check out the St James’ Club Hotel in Morgan Bay in Saint Lucia and made my first video that’s received over 1000 views. It was such a cool hotel with plenty to do and lots of delicious food to eat too. It was definitely a dream destination of mine.

Hit: Loved Saint Lucia. In fact it’s inspired me to want to see a lot more of the Caribbean, which I hope to do next year.  

13. Mexico

October – San Pancho, Puerta Vallarta, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

2014 Adventures

I spent my 30th birthday in San Pedro – a little surf town on the west coast. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve had. I went on to spend six weeks in Mexico and had a brilliant time partying in Guadalajara, watching the Luche Libre, going to the Day of the Dead Festival and losing 10lbs in a week at a cheapo health resort.

Hit: As a whole country, from what I’ve seen, Mexico is my favourite in the world. I love the colour, the people, the food and the traditions. 

14. Guatemala

November – San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, Antigua, Rio Dulce, Livingston

Guatemala Lake Atitlan

Sadly I was ill while I was here, so didn’t get to enjoy one of the most popular backpacker destinations to its full potential. I still had a great time in San Pedro though and met some cool people along the way.

Maybe: For the reasons above. 

15. Belize

December – Belize City, Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Benque

2014 Belize

And my travel year ended in Belize with 10 days around the country and 10 days in Caye Caulker. I spent a lot, drank a lot, ate a lot and learnt to scuba dive. A brilliant end to a brilliant year.

Hit: I’d love to go back to Belize to try out the diving on the little islands – such a shame the weather wasn’t too good when I was out there, but you can’t have everything! 

2015

I’m off to Japan! And then Taiwan, and then the Philippines, then Indonesia and then India. Well excited!

Have I offended you with my judgements? Or inspired you? Let me know below.

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14 Comments

  1. by Arianwen on December 28, 2014  5:22 pm Reply

    Wow! Your plans for 2015 look incredible! I have no travel plans for the first time in three years and it's tough!

    Such a shame Guatemala only got a 'Maybe', but I understand why you didn't have the best time there. It just goes to show that how you're feeling and who you're with can have a massive impact on your enjoyment of a destination. I hope you get the chance to go back and see how great it can be - I'll go with you if you like! ;)

    • by Vicky on December 30, 2014  6:36 pm Reply

      Ah that sucks! And is definitely not like you! Yes, we'll go to Guatemala one day :) lots more places I need to see before I double back.

    • by Vicky on December 28, 2014  11:26 pm Reply

      There's a possible trip in May, but we'll see what happens :) Coachella was an awesome festival! I've got lots I want to share about it on here and lots of photos – I just need to catch up!

  2. by Emily on December 28, 2014  7:29 pm Reply

    What an absolutely INCREDIBLE year of travel for you! It definitely sounds like 2014 was YOUR year - you've had so many exciting adventures! Looking forward to following your travels next year, and will be paying special attention to your India posts as am looking to go there myself soon :)

    • by Vicky on December 28, 2014  11:29 pm Reply

      It has been pretty good, I can't hide it! Thanks for following along Emily :) Yes, very excited for India – it's definitely happening, I got my visa the other day!

  3. by Ed Rex on December 29, 2014  8:35 am Reply

    Ah, you've been to a lot more countries than I expected!

    I'll be intrigued to hear about Japan as I would like to go there sometime next year...

    • by Vicky on December 29, 2014  10:24 am Reply

      Don't you worry Ed, I'll be telling you aaallll about it :) Got a brilliant 5 weeks planned!

  4. by Claire Danahay on December 29, 2014  1:51 pm Reply

    You haven't seen New Zealand till you've seen the South Island!!! It will BLOW YOU AWAY!!

    • by Vicky on December 29, 2014  4:34 pm Reply

      Ooo yeah I heard! I want to go glacier walking :)

  5. by Ceri on December 30, 2014  1:00 pm Reply

    Mexico - be still my beating heart! <3

    What an amazing year of travels for you. :D

  6. by Victoria on December 31, 2014  11:30 am Reply

    I long to go to Lake Como! Cinque Terre is stunning also. They feel like the most gorgeous little lego-block houses piled piece by piece onto one another. Can't wait to hear how Japan goes.

    • by Vicky on January 3, 2015  5:32 pm Reply

      Ah Lake Como was awesome. Such a pretty area of the world. I'm at the airport now, so there'll be a Japan update before you know it!

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