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Looking Back: 2014 in Retrospect

5 January 2015

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At first I wasn’t sure if I would write this post, as I felt like I cut back on traveling a little this year (mostly to do with the amount of time and money I had to invest in getting a new UK visa). But as I started looking back on blog posts and travel photos I was pleasantly surprised to see that I’d still managed to take quite a few trips. And now that I’ve secured UK residency for 3 more years there will be plenty more travel opportunities to come.

Here are the highlights from my 2014. I’ve also included links to relevant blog posts where applicable.

January

The year got off to a quiet start. After a week long trip to Switzerland in December I took a break from travelling in January.

February

For my birthday, my boyfriend and I took an extended weekend road trip around Northern Ireland. This had been on my bucket list for some time so it was exciting to finally tick that off.

My boyfriend’s birthday also happens to fall in February, so we celebrated by going skiing for a week in Les Deux Alpes, France.

March

This was another quiet month, travel wise. I spent most of my time this month scrambling to get my work situation and sponsorship sorted.

April

At the start of the month I finally received a job offer from a company who were willing to sponsor me for a Tier 2 visa! This was an enormous relief but the story doesn’t end yet, as they still needed to secure my certificate of sponsorship from the UKBA.

During the Easter break we travelled to the Cayman Islands. It was my first time visiting the Caribbean and my boyfriend and I both became PADI certified SCUBA divers!

May

Over one of the bank holiday weekends we travelled to Warsaw. It was my first time visiting Poland and I can’t wait to go back again, I really want to visit Krakow next.

June-July

This was quite a busy time of the year. I finished up work and returned to Australia to apply for my new visa. My boyfriend was able to join me out there for two weeks, and it was his first time visiting Australia so we did all the touristy things in Sydney.

In July I returned to London and started my new job. My sister was travelling through Europe at this time so we caught up in London and took a day trip to Arundel Castle.

August

Due to the visa situation we didn’t have much time to plan a trip over the August bank holiday weekend so we decided to stay in the UK to avoid astronomical flight costs. We took a drive down to Dorset and along the Jurassic Coast. I never expected to find such a beautiful coastline in England!

September

Still recovering from the financial hit of a month off work and forking out for a new visa, there was no travel in September.

October

I had originally wanted to visit Budapest in August but abandoned that plan due to the high flight prices. Instead, we took a weekend trip there in October. I completely fell in love with this city and wish I could have spent a couple more days there.

November

Another quiet month for travel although there was plenty going on in London with all the usual Christmas festivities starting up.

December

I wanted to spend New Years Eve in a new city after staying in London in 2013, so we booked a ski trip to Mayrhofen, Austria. It’s a beautiful little town but unfortunately we didn’t really enjoy the skiing there. Thankfully, another ski resort called Hintertux was only a short bus journey away and we loved it! Stay tuned for more about this in a later post.

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

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