2014: a year in wanderlust

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Im kinda late on the 2014 roundup type deals. I wasnt actually going to do them this year but then after looking at countless ones all over my dashboard I felt like I owed it to myself and you guys to actually look back at the previous year properly.

I'd be lying if I said 2014 wasn't my year of wanderlust. I've never really had the urge to travel, Im a bit of a homebody and a massive princess so leaving behind my creature comforts was a struggle. But as I sat down to think about 2014 the only thing I can think of it all the awesome places I've visited. I went to Asia and all around Europe and went to New York Twice

Spain - I went to Spain three times including Barcelona twice. Once with Bershka to go to a festival called Sonar and also to Benicassim with New Look. Baralona is my favourite European city, I love it's laid back relaxed feel. It has a quality that is hard to find in other cities. At Benicassim Festival I went to the beach for the only time this year (although I suppose technically Optimus Alive was on a beach) and dipped my toes in the cool water.

Portugal - This trip was a holiday and festival in one. Me and Dal decided not to rough it and shelled out about 120 Euros for a pretty decent hotel and some nice air conditioning for the long weekend. Admittedly we spent most of our time around the pool lapping up some much needed sunshine but we both agreed this was out favourite festival trip this summer.

Germany - Three times in Germany including Southside Festival, Belin and Munich. Munich was a quick little trip to explore the Stylight offices but this was the first time I'd been to Germany ever. Me and Zoe did a massive wander around the city and drank beer the proper way. In Berlin I shot a lookbook for Nike which you can check out here (I will share the full images soon!) Southside festival was hilarious and honestly so much fun. Me and Dal were so out of our depth but we somehow managed to pull it together and have a pretty fun weekend!

Paris - I went to Paris twice, once with Clarins and the other with Dal (see a pattern here) I would have gone this month too but it just didnt work out. When me and Dal went we went on an awesome bike tour of the city and really got to know the lesser parts of the city. I'd totally recommend it if youre looking to see Paris in a fresh new way!

Netherlands - I went to Amsterdam twice, Another of my favourite Euro cities. It's just fun and effortless and has a really nice chilled out culture (not just because of the weed, may I add) Perfect for a weekend break out of the UK.

Thailand - A spur of the moment decision took me on taking a 14 day tour around Asia with Contiki. It was one of the best experiences of my whole life and I wouldnt have changed it for the world. I spent about 3 days in Thailand and it really wet my appetite for the culturally diverse country. Im hoping to go back sometime this year to see more.

Laos - Laos was the second country I visited on my Asian Adventure. We sailed down the Mekong River for two days, jumped off waterfalls, slept in tiny remote villages and learnt about the country that I'd never really heard much about. I was sick all of my time in Laos but it was such an awesome place and would totally recommend stopping by if you want to travel that area of Indo-China.

Cambodia - Here I went to the infamous Killing Fields which was one of the most sobering but eye opening experiences of my life. I also ticked seeing the sunrise at Ankor Wat off my bucketlist!

London - I guess London isnt technically travelling for me as I live here but the city has provided a huge source of inspiration for me this year. I'd honestly recommend London to anyone looking for something new to explore and investigate. Theres always something cool on, a new restaurant opening or areas to explore. I didnt go to London until I was 18 and I really regret not experiencing it more!


  1. So many amazing traveling experiences for a single year, just incredible! I love these posts as it gives the chance to reflect on what you've experienced and it's so fun to look back on in a few years time too!


  2. Lovely post and photographers. Love these posts, looks like you had so many great travelling experiences x


  3. such gorgeous pics! happy new year!! :D

  4. Wow Lily this has been an incredible year for travel for you! You lucky devil! I'm hoping to really explore Europe this year - might as well as it's on our doorstep!

  5. Wow, serious envy. Looks like you've had an amazing year. I'd love to do something similar at some point in my life. I also love your travel posts, you take a lot of great pictures!


  6. Wow what an amazing year you have had, looking forward to your travels in 2015! xx


  7. happy new year, so jealous of all your travelling and your amazing photos!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  8. Wow, 2014 seems like it was such an amazing year for you! All those places in just the space of 12 months that's insane! Lovely post with some beautiful pictures too, I'm sure they all hold some amazing memories x


  9. What a year! Incredible pictures, fingers crossed 2015 will allow you to continue your travels. xx

    A Fashion Tale // UK Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  10. Looks like 2014 was a fun year for you ^_^

    I am happy for your success. I hope you continue on the path you are on.

    2014 was an amazing year for me because I was able to finally do some of the things I always wanted to do.

    I finally became more active on my blog, I grew my youtube channel to 1000 subscribers and more.

    There were a lot of ups and downs and I am happy to have made it to another year.

    I hope everyone here continues to do what makes you happy. Cheers to the new year xox

  11. Wow, everywhere you went looks amazing! I'm hoping to do some travelling this year too! Happy new year! xx

  12. This is the most gorgeous inspiring post! I cannot wait until I'm at a time in my life that means I can travel :) x


  13. I love living vicariously through your blog - I would love to travel as much as you can but it hasn't worked out but it looks like you've had a great year! Fingers crossed 2015 is just as exciting! xx

  14. This makes me want to travel so bad!

  15. Amazing pictures! Now I'd really like to take my bags and travel! :D

    Happy 2015!
    Valérie | Scribbles of Valérie

  16. Beautiful pictures! Seems like you had an amazing year. I hope to travel this much one day..

    Sofie xx

  17. Such an interesting post and loved the fact you got to travel so much in 2014! I would love to visit Thailand and Paris <3 I have been to London and Amsterdam and really enjoyed both but definitely need to travel more ;-) I guess like you I just get so used to my comfort zone it's hard to break out of but that's something I hope to change ASAP! p.s Happy New Year xx


  18. What an amazing year you have, stunning photos!


  19. Wow, you visited some amazing places! I've loved reading about them & seeing all the beatiful photos throughout the year. I have serious wanderlust, especially after reading this! :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

  20. Love this round-up Lily, you had SUCH an awesome year for travel! Amsterdam is one of my favourite Euro cities too, it's so chilled. Travelling more is one of my new year's resolutions so I'll be taking some inspo from this post :)

  21. You travelled to many beautiful places... Happy New Year!!


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  23. Happy New Year Lily! Looks like you had a brilliant time travelling, I hope you have an even better 2015!
    Hannah x

  24. It looks like you had the most amazing year, the photographs make me want to travel so much but I unfortunately do not have the money. I am so glad you got to experience all of these amazing things, though. Love, Sjoukje

  25. Wow what a year it has been for you :) I really want to go to Amsterdam. Amazing photos!


  26. Seems like you had a pretty amazing year !


  27. You have had such an amazing year travelling wise - I hope one day I will have enough money to follow my travelling dreams! Ps, can I just have your wardrobe please aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  28. You've had an amazing year for travelling. I've been super envious seeing all your travels over 2014 and I'm definitely inspired to get up and go and see new places. Maybe one day! xx

  29. You've had an incredible year, travel-wise, Lily! I'm so so jealous. I'm hoping to visit a few more European cities this year myself. xx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

  30. This is giving me an itch to travel more, you've visited so many beautiful locations over the past year!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  31. It looks like you went to some absolutely incredible places in 2014! I'm crossing my fingers that 2015 will be my year for traveling, exploring and adventures, can't wait to see what it brings! x


  32. These photos are fantastic!!


  33. What an incredible year, definitely inspires me to travel more!

    Andini xx
    Adventures of an Anglophile

  34. You've had such a great year! It was great following your adventures and I look forward to seeing what this year brings for you x


  35. Amazing pictures! You've done loads of travelling this year!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  36. What a lovely post, amazing pictures. You're so lucky to be able to go to all those places! :)


  37. What a whirlwind year! Must admit I'm a tiny bit HUUUGELY jealous of all your travels, but you've definitely added to my hitlist - Laos sounds beautiful! Amazing photos too - can't wait to read about your 2015 adventures.

    Steph xx

    Lay It Bare

  38. You are so lucky to have travel so much over 2014- that's the goal for this year for me :)


  39. What a wonderful year of travel. You had some amazing opportunities this year. I too travelled some and aim to travel even more next year!

    Cat from Outside Beauty, Inside Health

  40. You've had an amazing year and so much travelling to amazing places!


  41. Looks like it's been your year! Here's to 2015! :)


  42. You have been so blessed to visit all these amazing places, I would love to travel more but I think I should probably leave it till I'm slightly older and wiser! Happy new year :)

    infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

  43. looks like you had an amazing year

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  44. Beautiful photos! You're so artistic! Cheers to the new year!

  45. Love this. You've had a hell of a year!


  46. you look so cute!

  47. Wow! You've been to so many amazing countries this year, I'm so jealous! It looks like 2014 was a wonderful year, bring on 2015!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  48. You definitely had fun in 2014, here is wishing you more fun in 2015

  49. lovely post lily!


  50. Wow looks like you had an amazing year! You have some really gorgeous photos here!
    Carpe Noctems

  51. Very nice post, I hope you will have a wonderful 2015! I am from Germany and I can totally understand that it was a good experience! Southside is always awesome! <3

    Big hug, Thea / http://maedchenvommeer.blogspot.de

  52. this is so inspiring! the Amsterdam (?) purple & pink sky photo is amazing, I literally stared at it for ages. wishing you all the best in 2015 my love!

    Mara x

  53. I enjoyed this post so much, but I loved it the most because I am portuguese and you're my favourite blogger and I am really happy that you enjoyed Optimus Alive!
    This post is so inspiring for people who loves to travel and want to go to all those places. They seem to be beautiful though those pictures!

  54. Looks like you have had a year packed full of travelling, so jealous x

  55. Youve had such an amazing year Lily these pictures are beautiful!

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  56. Amazing! I can't believe you got to travel to so many beautiful places! I hope 2015 is just as exciting for you! xx


  57. LOVE THE NEW LOOK LILY! <3 Happy New Year. xo

  58. Looooove this! And Barcelona is da bomb. X


  59. Wow, those are some great experiences! It's amazing that you get to travel so much for you job too!
    PS: Looks like you were drinking Belgian beer in Amsterdam!

  60. Lovely post and wow you look like you've had an amazing year!!

  61. All those photos are beyond beautiful ! Lovely to see a round-up of 2014 x


  62. The photos are great, looks like you had a lot of fun. I'm also thinking of travelling the world after I graduate. Can't wait.


  63. I like such awesome reviews! Wish you lot's inspiration and luck!

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