It’s not in my nature to use words like awesome or epic but looking back at our 2014, less-enthusiastic words just don’t do our travelling year justice.

Hammerfest Finnmark Norway | Hurtigruten voyage from Kirkenes to BergenHammerfest, Norway June 2014

Twenty-six countries across three continents, it’s certainly going down as the year we packed in the most destinations. It’s almost embarrassing to admit to visiting so many places, but as you will see, we went to a lot of small countries that are close to each other! There were also a few (happy) family commitments that dictated our pace in some places and, although those events were definitely worth adjusting our travel plans for, one of our 2015 resolutions is to slow things down a little bit!

It will come as no surprise to many of our readers, that we are way behind with writing blogs for all of the places we visited in 2014. However we are playing a bit of catch up whilst we’re here in Chiang Mai for a few weeks and already have lots of posts lined up and ready to publish over the coming months.

If the meantime, and by way of a 2014 round-up, here are some of our favourite photographs from our year of travels. We could pick hundreds (we’ve taken thousands!) but have kept the selection strict and added links to further images or blog posts if you’d like to see more. We’ve also tried to pick some less-conventional shots to entice you to find out more 😉

So here it is: Our 2014 in Photographs

After celebrating Christmas and seeing in the New Year with family and friends in England we kicked off 2014 with a destination that had been on both of our ‘bucket list’ for some time …

Cuba

Cuba is vibrant, friendly, colourful and beautiful and definitely lived up to expectations.

Being right at the start of the year, it’s also one destination that we have managed to post a few entries about! There have been a lot of rapid changes in Cuba over the past few years and with the recent developments between Cuba and the U.S., the pace of change is only set to quicken. Cuba is a country we’d love to get back to before things change too much.

Valle de Palmarito Vinales Cuba | 2014 in PhotographsVinales Valley, Cuba

More Cuba photographs here.

From Cuba, we flew to Costa Rica and travelled overland through Central America. Our route took us into Panama, back into Costa Rica and through Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize …

Highlights included travelling by chicken bus, Central American breakfasts, colonial towns and a zip wire experience through the cloud forests of Costa Rica (which was great fun!).

Panama

Isla Carenero Archipielago de Bocas del Toro Panama | 2014 in PhotographsIsla Carenero in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Costa Rica

Dominical Costa Rica | 2014 in PhotographsSunset in Dominical, Costa Rica

Nicaragua

We really enjoyed Nicaragua with its combination of colonial cities and stunning scenery and it’s also on the list of places to return to.

Basilica de la Asuncion (Leon Catedral) Leon Nicaragua | 2014 in PhotographsLeon Cathedral in the colonial town of Leon, Nicaragua

El Salvador

We were surprised by El Salvador and enjoyed getting off the “gringo trail”, as it seemed fewer travellers lingered long here.

Suchitoto El Salvador | 2014 in PhotographsThe plaza in Suchitoto, El Salvador

Honduras

Admittedly one country, we didn’t linger long in was Honduras – just long enough to explore the colonial town of Gracias and make a return visit to the superb archaeological site at Copan.

East Plaza Acropolis Copan Archaeological Site Honduras | 2014 in PhotographsCopan Archaeological Site, Honduras

Belize

We fell in love with the relaxed Caribbean vibe of Belize and rejoiced in not having to struggle with our poor Spanish for a couple of weeks.

Placencia Belize | 2014 in PhotographsThe harbour in Placencia, Belize

Guatemala

We revisited some of our favourite spots and discovered a few more. Guatemala felt like it was the busiest country on the “gringo trail” but its vibrant markets, colourful ethnic groups of people and superb scenery at Semuc Champey ensured it was one of our highlights of the region.

Zunil (Quetzaltenango) Guatemala | 2014 in PhotographsAt the market in Zunil near Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Want to see more Central America images? Here you go: Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.

From Guatemala we crossed the border into …

Mexico

A huge country, we feel like we only scratched the surface by just visiting the states of Chiapas and Yucatan. However, we explored our fair share of Mayan ruins, witnessed Santa Semana (Easter week) in San Cristóbal de las Casas and relaxed on the beach at Isla Mujeres. We’ve got lots of photos of Mexico!

Valladolid Mexico | 2014 in PhotographsColours in Valladolid, Mexico

From Cancun in Mexico we flew back to the UK for a short week to say hello and re-pack our rucksacks. It was then a short hop to the Baltic States …

Lithuania

Hill of Crosses Šiauliai Lithuania | 2014 in PhotographsThe Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, Lithuania

Read more: Lithuania

Latvia

Cesis Castle Cesis Latvia (1)Cesis Castle Latvia

Estonia

Old Town Tallinn Estonia | 2014 in PhotographsView across Tallinn’s Old Town, Estonia

More photographs: Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

From Estonia it was a short ferry ride across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki.

Finland

Helsinki Cathedral Helsinki Finland | 2014 in PhotographsHelsinki Cathedral, Finland

From Helsinki we flew to …

Norway

… where we met up with Mark’s parents to share their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations. We voyaged to the Land of the Midnight Sun on board Hurtigruten’s appropriately named MS Midnatsol where, in addition to experiencing almost 24 hours of daylight, we saw some stunning scenery. Not surprisingly, we also have a lot of photographs of Norway.

Finnmark Norway | 2014 in PhotographsThe Land of the Midnight Sun – Finnmark, Norway

After Norway, we hit Eastern Europe and we travelled by train and bus from Prague to Belgrade.

Czech Republic

It was our first visit to the Czech Republic and we had a fantastic few days discovering Prague and enjoying a brief reunion with friends from Chiang Mai.

Žižkov Television Tower Tower Park Prague Prague Czech Republic | 2014 in PhotographsZizkov Television Tower in Prague, Czech Republic

Slovakia

Bratislava was fun to explore on foot with camera in hand. As well as quaint cobbled streets packed with historic buildings, the city is also home to some very colourful street art.

Slavin War Memorial Bratislava Slovakia | 2014 in PhotographsSlavin War Memorial in Bratislava, Slovakia

Hungary

Onward to Budapest, a city with lots to do and see and one in which we could have lingered in longer …

Memento Park Budapest Hungary | 2014 in PhotographsMemento Park near Budapest, Hungary

Slovenia and Croatia were beautiful, as the photographs testify!

Slovenia

Church of St. John the Baptist Lake Bohinj Julian Alps Slovenia | 2014 in PhotographsLake Bohinj in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Croatia

Diocletian's Palace Split Croatia Diocletian’s Palace, Split Croatia

Bosnia & Hercegovina

…was another country that captivated us with its fascinating history and picturesque bridges.

Arslanagic Bridge in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Kathmandu & Beyond PhotographyArslanagic Bridge in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serbia

We ended our Eastern Europe extravaganza in Serbia where we stopped off in the alpine resort of Zlatibor before spending a few days in Belgrade.

Zlatibor Serbia | 2014 in PhotographsZlatibor, Serbia

We spent July and August in France, Switzerland and the UK with our families, taking a break from the DSLR camera!

Early in September we headed back to South East Asia and after a brief stop in Bangkok to eat as much Thai food as we could squeeze into our bellies, we began a three-month stint on the Indonesian island of Bali. As well as getting to know Bali better, we also did some travelling in Lombok and Java.

Bali

Besakih Temple Bali Indonesia | 2014 in PhotographsBesakih Temple, Bali

All photographs from Indonesia can be found here.

Thailand

And here we are: spending Christmas and New Year in our second home, Chiang Mai.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Chiang Mai Thailand | 2014 in PhotographsDoi Suthep Temple near Chiang Mai, Thailand

So what’s in store for us in 2015? We will be here in Chiang Mai until early February when we set off for Bangladesh from where we plan to travel overland into northeast India. After that? We’re not sure yet. We will probably head in a west or north-westerly direction, wending our way back to Europe and, although we have plenty of ideas we haven’t yet made a decision. Watch this space …

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