Each year I put together an Annual Review to reflect on what has happened over the past year and share future plans for Travel Dave.
2014 has been a fun year for Travel Dave with many trips around Europe, lots of improvements on the blog, planning for the future and finally getting around to completing my next book.
Check out what I’ve been getting up to over 2014 and what I have in store for 2015:
Travels in 2014
At the start of the year I went on a trip to Galway, Dublin and the cliffs of Moher with a group of friends. Always love visiting Ireland and grabbing a nice refreshing pint of Guiness along with a pub lunch, you can’t quite beat the Irish nightlife and pub culture. Luckily I didn’t get blown away over the cliff of Moher (which almost happened!), luckily I can keep on blogging, but it was a close shave!
I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin, its one European city I had high on my bucket list and happy I could get around to it, was not disappointed. Berlin has this wonderful alternative vibe, which I love about cities and the underground bar scene is great fun to explore. After many kebabs around the world, Berlin claims to be the birthplace of this midnight snack and it didn’t disappoint either. Hope to visit Berlin again in the close future, maybe for a few months, it looked like a really cool, fun city to live in for a while.
I hadn’t visited Poland for some time and was happy I could get around to visiting Warsaw, it’s very industrial but with the scenic old town and cheap beers It made a great getaway for me and a group of close friends. I hope to get around to visiting Krakow in the close future.
My Dad has always mentioned how incredible Florence is so we finally got around to sorting out a family trip to the city over a long weekend. Florence was great fun getting lost around, it really is like going back in time, the Espresso bars and incredible ice cream did not disappoint either.
Bulgaria and Romania
Another trip with my Dad this year, Being a digital nomad its hard to catch up with family so these types of trips are always a great addition to my travels. We visited some of his friends in a small village located outside of ruse called Ostritsa and it was a great experience to see how the locals live off the land preparing everything from the garden for lunch. We then went onwards to Romania and I was able to catch up with a few friends which is always nice.
Last year was my first visit and I was lucky enough to visit again this year, Oktoberfest never disappoints and it was fun to finally get to visit the city centre this year and explore some of the beer halls that Munich is famous for, another great trip this year.
Cologne, German Christmas market
It’s been a while since I visited a Christmas market in Germany and I managed to fit in Cologne Christmas market this year with a group of friends. Great way of getting into the festive spirit and with a whooping 7 markets to explore, one day was not enough, but great fun to drink some mulled wine, go ice skating and try some traditional authentic german food, happy days!
Life in The Netherlands Continues
This will be my final year in The Netherlands, it will be sad to say goodbye to a country I’ve called home for the past two years, but all good things must come to an end and its time to leave Europe and explore more of the world. My bags are packed and it’s time for the next adventure!
New Book launch
My new book Digital Nomad is complete! After many months writing and crafting this book I hope to put together a nice launch next month and help others understand how they can create a digital nomadic lifestyle for themselves.
Student life in Tilburg blog series
Over the past two years I have called Tilburg in The Netherlands Home, before I depart I would like to write some helpful blog posts about my time Living in Tilburg as a student to help others looking to do the same.
Europe by rail adventure
I would go now, but as January and Febuary are the coldest months to travel around Europe, I’m awaiting for early spring to start my Europe by rail adventure using an an affordable Interrail pass. Ideally, I would like to film the whole route and possibly look into the Transiberan railway as the Russian ruble seems to be a good deal for many travellers at the moment. I’ve always had a love for travelling by rail and would like to work on this project to make it happen.
South East Asia
I plan on returning to South East Asia After my Rail adventure around Europe, I heard that AirAsia are reopening there AirAsia X route in 2015, If I can find an affordable one way ticket or sort out a cheap round the world ticket, 2015 can be a great year for exploring areas of South East Asia I haven’t got around to visiting yet.
New Zealand Working visa
Would be a great shame to miss out on grabbing a New Zealand Working holiday visa, it’s been one of my goals since I started travelling and I hope to get around to applying by the end of 2015. Visiting the North and South Island back in 2009 was great fun and hope to revisit in 2015 and finding a job in the Tourism/marketing industry, let’s see if this can happen in 2015.
Lets have a great 2015 with Travel Dave
For the next few weeks I will be taking a step back from blogging to relax and unwind over the holiday season, I have plans to spend Christmas with a friend and her family in the East of The Netherlands (Thank you Fieke!) then hosting a party at my place for NYE (exciting way to welcome the new year!).
I like to use this time at the end of the year to reflect, read some books I’ve had on my reading list for a while, catch up with some podcasts and plan for the year ahead (offline with good old pen and paper).
Wishing you all a lovely time over the festive season and hope you’re looking forward to what’s to come in the future for Travel Dave.
If you would like to read my Annual reviews from previous years you can find them here:
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