A Year in Travel: 2014 Edition

by Mike on March 31, 2015

A Year in Travel: 2014 Edition

A Year in Travel: 2014 Edition

This is a long over due post, but feel obliged to write it since I recapped every year’s travel since 2010.  And 2014 was filled a lot of big adventures and new experiences that it couldn’t be overlooked.  The majority of my travels for 2014 was spent in the south pacific where I visited Australia, New Zelaand, Fiji, and French Polynesia.

My first stop was to Australia with a stop in Seoul for two week.  My cousin was there with the U.S. Army and decided to stay with him while he was there.

My cousin and myself

My cousin and myself

In Australia, I hopped around using Delta Sky Miles starting in Melbourne then onward to Sydney and to Cairns.  In Cairns, I boarded a live-aboard boat and spent a few days to dive the Great Barrier Reef.    After my time was up in Cairns, I flew to Alice Springs and took an overland transfer to Ayers Rock, though I was more impressed with Kata Tjuta.

Ayers Rock in Australia

Ayers Rock in Australia

After Australia I flew home to apply for a Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Russia tourist visas. With my visas in-hand, I flew to London to get my Mazda ready for 10,000-mile drive dubbed the Mongol Rally.  This drive took a better part of my summer.

Mongolistic 4

Our Ride for the Mongol Rally

After roughing on the Mongol Rally, I decided I needed some beach time! A week in Bali was just enough to relax from the camping, the bribery, and the craziness surrounding the Mongol Rally.

I had to be in New York for a few weddings so I spent the month of Sept/Oct home before heading off to the South Pacific again.  This time, I spent time in Tahiti, Fiji, and New Zealand before coming home for Christmas.

Hilton Bora Bora

Hilton Bora Bora

Mt Doom in Tongariro National Park in New Zealand

Mt Doom in Tongariro National Park in New Zealand

Yasawa Islands in Fiji

Yasawa Islands in Fiji

Just after Christmas, I flew down to Cape Town, South Africa to ring in the new year and continue my adventures in Africa.

Table Mountain in Cape Town

Table Mountain in Cape Town 

Related posts:

A Year in Travel: 2011 Edition
A Year in Travel: 2012 Edition
A Year in Travel: 2013 Edition

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