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My year in review: 14 countries (9 new ones) and one super blog

Saying that 2014 has been an exciting year is an understatement.

Throughout the year we may not realise how important all our little achievements are, but if we look back and compile them all in a list, they look much more significant. I’ve spent last week going through my past 12 months of achievements in preparation for setting my 2015 goals, and I’m happy to say that my list is a long one!

The Blog

Earlier this year I became an entrepreneur, quitting my full time job to pursue my own careers in design and travel. That resulted in starting this travel blog in late July, and I’m so incredibly pleased with how far it’s come! Here are the stats so far:

  • 79 published posts (including this one)
  • Almost 25,000 pageviews
  • More than 300 reader comments
  • A combined following of over 2800 on social media

My Travels

I started the year in Europe, but used Sydney as my home base once I returned to Australia in March. When I look back at my travels I realise that I managed to fit a bunch of great destinations in this year! My feats include:

  • Visiting 14 countries, 9 of which I hadn’t visited before
  • Hopping between 3 continents
  • Taking 14 flights – 6 international, 8 domestic
  • A total of 86 days of travel (not including time living in Sydney or visiting my home town of Hobart)

To sum up my year of travel in a (reasonably) short post, I put together a super cool map and few photos of the destinations I visited. Enjoy, and please share your 2014 achievements with us in the comments below!


New Year in Prague, Czech Republic

2014 began in Europe, watching the new year fireworks with my fiancé Robert by the riverside in Prague.

Paris, France

Two months of travel through Europe later and we ended up in Paris before heading back to Australia. See 13 weeks of Europe in 31 photos for more photos of our Europe trip!

New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown 13

After returning from Europe, we almost immediately departed for the gorgeous township of Queenstown, New Zealand – a must visit for every traveller.

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

After Queenstown we spent a few days hanging out in the seaside city of Wellington, sipping on its world-class coffee and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.


Bali, Indonesia

Bali Statue

Bali Rice Fields

In August we discovered 9 things we love or hate about Bali during a week-long break on this cultural Indonesian island.

I had fun playing with my new camera lens and got a bunch of great photos of Ubud’s rice fields, statues and monkeys and Bali’s Lanes and Alleyways.


Salamanca Market, Hobart

Franklin Wharf, Hobart, Tasmania

I discovered some free things to do in Hobart during a trip to my home town in April, and I visited again in September and December.

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

In October we ventured north to visit family in the ideal Australian seaside town of Port Macquarie, spending a few days chilling by the beach and exploring the north coast of New South Wales.

Ashlea's 2014 Travel Map

Here’s my year of travels in map form. Want your own super cool travel map like this? I can make one for you!

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Thanks for keeping me company during 2014! I’d love to have you with me for the coming year so follow me on Facebook to keep updated on my travel plans for 2015.

24 Responses to “My year in review: 14 countries (9 new ones) and one super blog”

  1. Samantha Angell

    Isn’t it so great to look back at all of the new places you have traveled to? This year I only hit one new country (Thailand) but re-visited a ton I had previously been to!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Absolutely, even looking back at the countries you’ve revisited is a great feeling! And it just inspires us travel addicts to tick off a few more next year 😉

  2. Hannah @ Traveling Banana

    Love this! I am loving all the 2014 recap posts in the travel blog world right now. So fun to look back on the year. Happy New Year and may 2015 be full of even more adventures, love and magic for you!!! xx

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Hannah! I didn’t expect so many other bloggers to do a recap as well but I’m also loving going through them all. I hope you had a great 2014, and have a fabulous new year! 🙂

  3. midnighmistx

    Travelling has always been a passion… something which has always intrigued me and recently I’ve fallen in love with your blog and it’s amazing how much you’ve gotten to explore and achieve since having quite your job only a few months ago. I’ve recently decided to take up blogging… and travelling has always been an interest. But as i’m still a college student i can’t really afford to travel much. What advice would you have of possibly taking up travel as a career? My parents are constantly telling me to work towards becoming a nurse or a doctor … something with high pay … but I’ve always wanted to travel and i’m not quite sure how i could take it up as a career as well as convincing my parents?

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I’m really glad you’re enjoying my blog! Travel addicts such as ourselves can never really shake the feeling of wanderlust, so it’s important to be able to incorporate travel into our careers. The answer to your question is an intricate one so I might write a whole post on it, if you can wait until next week for your answer? 🙂

      • midnightmistx

        Yes, I’ll be waiting… i’ve just been really confused as to which courses to do in university… whether i should even go on with education in uni… which career path I want to take which will both enable me to earn for a living as well as being something i’ve always wanted to do and teachers and parents don’t take ‘i want to explore the world’ as an answer… they tend to find it unrealistic… which makes me feel really anxious knowing i may end up doing a job that a don’t enjoy for the rest of my life … i’m rambling now… but thank you for actually considering my question and answering through a post rather than a few line answer which would still leaving me hanging… it means a lot 🙂

        • Ashlea Wheeler

          I totally understand what you mean! Not sure if you’ve read my post on the concept of settling down and why it’s not for me but I’ve always felt as though I don’t want to be stuck with a job I hate for the rest of my life and have therefore prioritised travel over a “career”. But it’s certainly possible to do both, there are many options and I’ve compiled them all in a post which will go up early next week 🙂

          • Midnightmistx

            Yes I’ve read that post and i honestly couldn’t agree more with everything you had to say, which is why i came here for some advice as everything you had addressed are things i’m going through now. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for next weeks post… thank you 🙂

  4. Leah of The Mochilera Diaries

    Hey Ashlea! Congratulations on a successful year of traveling and blogging! Quite impressive what you’ve done with the blog in such a short time. Looking forward to seeing where 2015 takes you! Happy travels!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Leah! I really appreciate your comment, it’s lovely to know that I have such wonderful readers and can’t wait to have you with me in 2015 🙂

  5. Carina

    I love your reflections about the different countries you’ve visited 🙂
    This year I stepped into europe for the first time! Lived alone in paris and now in london, and I’m visiting so many new countries its wonderful.
    Hoping 2015 takes me to wonderful new places, and that your 2015 will be better than awesome!

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Carina! I’m really glad you’re getting the chance to experience Europe, it’s such a wonderful place with so much to see. I definitely hope to head back there someday soon. Enjoy your new year, I hope 2015 is an incredible year for you!

  6. Maddi

    Congratulations on what looks like a very successful and fulfilling 2014! I am a big fan of your blog.
    I’m heading to Queenstown in 2 weeks which will be a great start to 2015 – your photos look amazing, I can’t wait!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thank you Maddi! You will absolutely love Queenstown (I know this because I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t loved Queenstown :P), it will definitely be a great way to start 2015. Let me know what you thought of it after your visit!

  7. Camila

    Wow this seems like a pretty awesome year! so much travel and so exciting that you started your own business. Congrats on such a great year and wish you as many wonderful things and new discoveries in this new year!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      I really appreciate your comment Camila, it’s so nice to know that lovely people such as yourself are enjoying my blog and that all this hard work is finally starting to pay off. I hope your new year is full of wonderful things too!

  8. Sara Budisantoso

    Wow! I really love your blog. It is very helpful and so easy to read. Your featured post images are great too! They really draw the viewer in. I thank you so much for posting all your knowledge, especially for those of us just starting out, it’s really helpful and inspiring. Keep ’em coming.


    • Ashlea Wheeler

      That’s so lovely of you to say Sara! I put a lot of time into the blog so it’s fantastic to know that my efforts aren’t wasted 😀


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