2014 Travel Update & Future Plans

I feel like I say this every year but 2014 has been the best year yet! I met some amazing people, went on life-changing trips, and got to live in Europe. This year, I’ve surpassed my traveling goals and feel like I have so much to live up to in 2015 :) The adventure called life has only begun!

2014 IN NUMBERS:

Flights flown: 28
Transatlantic flights flown: 6
Countries visited: 17
New countries visited: 7 (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Denmark)

2014 TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS:

I started out 2014 by celebrating my birthday in Lisbon, Portugal with a close friend, great food, and warm weather!

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerBefore finishing my first semester of graduate school and heading back to the USA for a few months, I soaked in the gorgeous view of Heidelberg from the Heidelberg Castle.

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerAfter heading home to Traverse City, Michigan, I got caught in the March polar vortex and man, was it cold!!!

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerIn April, after heading back to Heidelberg, Germany, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit my friend for a few days in Tallinn, Estonia. I would highly recommend this city! :)

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerMy graduate program took a trip to Berlin, Germany in May and I was able to celebrate being 21 years cancer-free there!

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerDuring a long weekend in June, I headed to Belgium to visit Ghent, Bruges, and Brussels as well as see an old friend from high school. Bruges definitely stole my heart (the beer there was an added bonus!).

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerThe last two weeks of July were spent exploring Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest. I spent a week attending a conference in Prague before taking the train down to Bratislava and Budapest. Budapest easily became my favorite city of 2014!

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Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerRight before I headed home to Michigan in August, I took a one week trip to my favorite region of Europe…Normandy, France!

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerWhile home in Traverse City, Michigan, my Mom and I took a day trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit ArtPrize, a world-renowned art competition that incorporates the entire city! Plus, there was a great selection of food and beer offered!

Iceland via Beer Time With WagnerOn my way back to Germany in October, I opted for a 5-day layover in Iceland. As one of the top countries on my travelΒ  bucket list, I had the opportunity to visit Reykjavik and drive around the Golden Circle (oh ya, and get stitches in my foot!)

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerIn November, I had fabulous weather and visited a friend in Amsterdam. The skies were blue the entire weekend and I had the best company :)

Travel 2014 via Wayfaring With WagnerI was fortunate enough to travel to Copenhagen with my little sister. Because it was the Christmas season, we were able to take in a showing of “The Nutcracker” at Tivoli Gardens.

2015 TRAVEL GOALS:

In 2014, I made it a goal to visit 30 countries by the age of 30. Well, I turn 24 in a few weeks and have managed to already visit 26 countries! So my main goal for 2015 is to hit those final 4 countries (and hopefully even more)!

This upcoming year is full of so many exciting changes! I finish my master’s in February and will graduate from the University of Heidelberg in April. From February/March to May, I’ll be living in Zagreb, Croatia. This upcoming summer, I will be in Sofia, Bulgaria and hopefully I’ll be starting business school in the United Kingdom this upcoming fall.

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Here are some experiences I hope to have in 2015 :)

+ Go snowboarding in the Alps
+ Finally take that trip to Australia to visit my brother (Perth) and friends (Adelaide and Sydney)
+ Go on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria
+ A beach vacation in Croatia
+ See Annie in San Francisco!
+ Visit these countries: Greece, Malta, Poland, New Zealand (and Australia), Romania, Russia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Serbia!

I’d love to hear your travel plans for 2015! Where do you plan to travel this upcoming year?

Happy 2015 everyone!

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