Memories: Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014
2014 was filled with memorable moments, strangers becoming friends and a whole lot of Asia…what a year! In honour of all the greatness, here are my Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014 from South Africa, Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.
#10 – Seasons
Korea is extremely proud of their “four seasons” and they have good reason to be proud of it: fire-red mountains in autumn, extremely cold weather and snow in winter, picturesque cherry blossoms in spring and intense heat and humidity in summer.
Read more about The Dance between Winter and Spring.
#9 – Andong
The quaint town of Andong is on the list of my Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014 because it’s been home for almost a year now and I have been fortunate enough to explore some of the beautiful sights in this South Korean city.
Read more about the Hahoe Folk Village.
#8 – Cat Cafe in Daegu
South Korea is filled with Themed Cafes and my visit to a cafe in Daegu was the perfect fix for my CCWS (Cat Cuddling Withdrawal Syndrome). 2015 will be filled with more visits to the Themed Cafes of South Korea and I am so excited to cure my DCWS (Dog Cuddling Withdrawal Syndrome) soon.
Read more about my visit to a Cat Cafe in Daegu.
#7 – East Coast of South Korea
I’ve had the chance to explore the untouched East coast of South Korea by train. Life in the North Eastern side of Korea differs significantly from life in the Southern part. The stretches of golden sand, towering mountains, the sense of tranquility and the sweet smell of pine trees definitely deserves a spot on the Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014 list.
Read more about the East Coast of Korea.
#6 – Hwabon – The Countryside of South Korea
A friend in need is a friend indeed. A friend with a car is better! One my closest friends chauffeured me around in the countryside of Korea and showed me the treasures of Hwabon.
Read more about Hwabon – The Korean Countryside.
#5 – Gyeongju
Every time my train or bus pulls into Gyeongju I get that “I’m home now” feeling. I went to Gyeongju to say goodbye (again) before winter got his firm grip on this beautiful city. Gyeongju will always be my favourite place in South Korea; it will always be home.
#4 – Hong Kong
Who would’ve guessed that I would enjoy the city on steroids so much? Hong Kong was a breath of fresh air with a taste of freedom. It was an eclectic mix: a melting pot of dozens of cultures coming together in a harmonious piece of land of just over 1000 square kilometers.
Read more about accommodation of the Mansion Madness: Sleeping in Hong Kong.
Read more about the Oasis of Hong Kong.
#3 – A Mini Bicycle Getaway
Buddha’s birthday – a long weekend – was celebrated with a friend, two bicycles and a micro adventure. The trip was filled with unexpected discoveries, the chance to meet a master craftsman, long distances and a night on a very hard floor in the home of Kim Jong Heung, the master craftsman.
Read more about Kim Jong Heung in Hahoe Folk Village.
#2 – Karoo Road Trip – South Afica
Just before I left South Africa for Korea I took a solo road trip in the Karoo. Starry nights, a stop at nearly every farm stall, wildlife, national parks, braaivleis, camp fires and a tent was the perfect way to say my last goodbyes to the vast open spaces of South Africa.
Read more about Under the Spell of the Karoo, Graaff-Reinet.
Read more about Nieu-Bethesda: A Place to get Lost.
#1 – Japan
Japan has been on my radar for a long time but because the visa is such a schlep I’ve put it on hold for many years. 2014 was different. Tickets got booked way in advance, documents and visas got sorted and before I knew it I fell in love with Japan! The country, its warm-hearted people, the sights and the sushi put Japan at the number one spot of my Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014.
Read more about Therapy in Kyoto (Things to do in Kyoto).
Read more about my visit to an Owl Cafe in Japan.
Watch the video Kyoto in 60 seconds.
So here’s to 2015! I trust it will be even more eventful!
My wish for you: May 2015 be a year full of new adventures and dreams, full of strangers becoming friends and places you’ve never seen. Have a ‘wanderful’ year!