2014 Highlights via Instagram

Here we are, saying goodbye to yet another year. Like each year, 2014 too just flew by. For this year’s final post, I thought I’d do something a bit different from 2013’s Travel Moments. This time, I’m looking back and sharing the year’s highlights through my Instagram pictures!

I’ve found Instagram to be a great social media platform; fun, interactive, useful and inspiring. Below are some memorable travel and of course, drool-worthy food moments from 2014.

The year started off well with a trip to Bali, Indonesia. Built in the 11th century, Uluwatu Temple (official name: Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is a spectacular temple in southern Bali that’s beautifully perched on a steep cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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Mount Batur is an active volcano situated amidst 2 large calderas, and in a part of the larger caldera lies Lake Batur, Bali’s biggest lake.

Gorgeous colors in the sky in Rayong, Thailand.. Pure joy just to look at them!

This year, I also trained hard as I took part in the Ice-cream Olympics.

Peek-a-boo in Singapore!

I also spent an afternoon in Vietnam. During a day trip to the small town of Ba Ria, we passed beautiful rice fields like this in the countryside – the simple life!

My hometown, Pattaya, looking all gorgeous.

Middle of the year I visited London and here is its iconic Tower Bridge on a beautiful day.

Definitely a favorite English ritual – An appetizing and indulgent afternoon tea with some bubbly.

While walking down the famous and historic Royal Mile in the Old Town in Edinburgh, Scotland – such a charming place!

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And my eyes were treated to picturesque sights of the Scottish Highlands as well as the stunning Loch Ness. Nessie didn’t come out to play though.

Iceland was a highlight in every sense of the word. I took a dip in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Rich in minerals, it is a man-made lagoon located in a lava field.

A walk to remember at Jokulsarlon – Walking along and admiring the incredible floating icebergs.

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I sat in complete awe as I glanced out at the Reynisfjara shore, its beautiful black beach and Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks) in the distance.

In Brussels, I got right down to business! Belgian waffle topped with a modest amount of Nutella.


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India was also in the books. This was at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a beautiful Sikh temple in Delhi.

And the best thing about being in India is getting to enjoy amazing food!

Sipped some cocktails by the lovely pool and the beach at Marriott Resort and Spa in Rayong.

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Infinite perfection at the Intercontinental Resort in Hua Hin.

Never miss an opportunity to indulge in tasty treats and tea!

It’s always Kraphao Kai Khai Dao o’clock in Thailand.

Bangkok’s spectacular skyline at night.

2014 was indeed a wonderful year and I hope it was great for you too. Here’s to an even more incredible 2015! I wish all of you a very happy and delicious New Year filled with love, joy, laughter and realized dreams.

On a final note, I’d like to thank you, my lovely readers for the continued support. I shall continue to try my best to inform and entertain, to share my travel stories and pictures, and to click before I eat, so I can tempt you with beautiful food.

How was your year? I’d love to hear! What were some of your most memorable moments and favorite highlights of 2014?

And if you’re not connected with me there as yet, hop on over and join me as I spill the beans on Instagram! 😉

Comments: 18

  1. Tushar Dec 22 at 1:12 am Reply

    All the photos are great. Thanks for sharing. But what personal favorite? – Food images.

    Re.: How was your year?
    Good. And most memorable moments and favorite highlights of 2014 tough to rewind but yes, visiting Hemkund Sahib at 15,000 feet above the sea level is one of the favorite.

    • Nita Dec 22 at 3:10 am Reply

      Thank you very much, Tushar :)
      Visiting Hemkund Sahib definitely seems like an adventure and an achievement!

  2. A Lady in London Dec 22 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Great photos! Looks like you had a really amazing year of travel this year. I love the London photos. Afternoon tea is one of my favorite things to do, too!

    • Nita Dec 22 at 5:26 pm Reply

      Thanks Julie :) Yes, it was a lovely year. London was so much fun; loved it! Hope you had a great year too. Wish you a fabulous 2015!

  3. Wow Nita! What an amazing year of travel (and food!) you have had! Also bizarrely looks like we made it to quite a few of the same places this year – Bali, Brussels, Singapore and of course London 😀 Happy Holidays lovely :)

    • Nita Dec 23 at 2:58 am Reply

      Indeed it was, Shikha! I’m sure you also had a fantastic year with lots of yummy food 😉 And yeah, we had quite a few places in common.
      Thank you and happy holidays to you too dear! Hope you have an awesome 2015 :)

  4. Suzanne - Travelbunny Dec 23 at 6:32 am Reply

    What a wonderful year of travel with lots of memorable foodie moments too! I love to have afternoon tea – so quintessentially British! Looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings :)

    • Nita Dec 23 at 4:10 pm Reply

      Thanks, Suzanne! Afternoon tea really is a wonderful tradition and ritual. Hopefully 2015 will also bring loads of good food! 😉 Wish you a very happy new year!

  5. Lily Lau Jan 8 at 9:03 am Reply

    Seems like 2014 was definitely your year 😀

    • Nita Jan 8 at 5:08 pm Reply

      Cheers to that Lily! Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Packing my Suitcase Jan 16 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Ohhh my Nita!! You have had an amazing year, WOW!!!
    Ice cream Olympics?? I think I missed this one, how cool!
    So many amazing food… yummy! And this Intercontinental Hotel is lovely <3

    I hope 2015 will be as awesome as 2014!! I wish you many many travels 😀
    I will look forward to following you throughout this new year!

    • Nita Jan 17 at 4:14 am Reply

      Hi Allane! It was a great year! Haha.. The ice-cream Olympics was hosted by yours truly :p And yeah, the Intercontinental Hua Hin is a beautiful property.
      Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts. Wish you a superb 2015 as well :)

  7. Madhu Jan 26 at 3:52 am Reply

    Fab photos of your amazing year! Especially love that Rayong sunset. I could give you a run for your money at the ice cream Olympics! :-) First I am hearing of it though.

    • Nita Jan 26 at 4:34 pm Reply

      Thanks Madhu! Haha.. I love creating competitions to justify my eating habits. You can participate next year 😉

  8. Katie Featherstone Jan 27 at 6:49 am Reply

    Wow, what an awesome year. Beautiful landscapes and you’ve made me need some icecream now!

    • Nita Jan 28 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Haha! Seems like I’m now responsible for a huge wave of cravings 😉 Thanks for dropping by Katie. Happy travels!

  9. Frank Apr 17 at 4:00 am Reply

    Some great photos Nita – the black beach is really stunning, have never seen anything like that. I’ve never had an interest in Iceland but so many people seem impressed with their trips there that maybe I should keep an open mind..
    Hope your 2015 as exciting as 2014 was! :)
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Nita Apr 20 at 7:52 pm Reply

      Thanks Frank! Yes, the black beach in Iceland was really unique. I had never seen one before too. Iceland is absolutely an incredible country; I loved it so much and hope you make it there soon. Wish you a great year as well :)

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