Top 10 Travel Moments of 2014


If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my recent posts counting down my favourite 10 travel moments of 2014. It was sparked from the hundreds of emails from readers asking one question… Where in the world is my favourite place? As it is too hard to narrow down to one place, I thought that sharing these favourite moments of 2014 might be a good insight…

1. Cappadocia, Turkey.

My favourite travel moment of 2014 was watching the sun rise over Cappadocia, along with hundreds of hot air balloons. I stayed in nearby Ortahisar at the incredible Hezen Cave Hotel. We decided to watch the balloons at sunrise over the surreal landscape of rock formations, caves and fairy chimneys before doing the hot air balloon ride ourselves the following day. Thank you to the people of Turkey and your beautiful country, I will remember this road trip as one of the best weeks of my life.

You can see more of this sunrise here, with my full blog post coming shortly.

2. Antigua, The West Indies.

My second favourite travel moment of 2014 was visiting Stingray City in Antigua. We caught a boat to floating pontoons over the bluest of Caribbean waters- where dozens of huge, dark shadows were gracefully darting underneath the surface. From the moment I climbed into the water and felt these beautiful, silky animals for the first time I was only relaxed and grinning. You can swim and snorkel with, hold and even feed them squid. There is a common misconception of stingrays because of a few, but extremely rare incidents. The stingray would only naturally react with it’s barb when it feels threatened, or accidentally stepped on.

You can read the full blog post from Stingray City here.

3. Plitvice, Croatia.

I spent 2 weeks in Croatia during August 2014, one week of road tripping and one week sailing the Dalmatian Coast. On the road trip we drove from Zagreb – Plitvice – Sibenik – Krka – Split – Dubrovnik. On this day we started driving from Zagreb before sunrise and could barely see through a thick fog rolling along the freeways and fields. We made it to Plitvice Lakes National Park the moment it opened and were able to experience it’s enormous beauty on our own. The National Park is set in deep woodland, and made up of sixteen lakes that interconnect by a series of stunning waterfalls. I dream about returning here in the depths of winter… google image search to see what I mean!

You can read my full blog post from Plitvice here, from Krka National Park here, and sailing the Dalmatian Coast here.

4. Cinque Terre, Italy.

I first visited Cinque Terre, Italy in 2010 in the early months of my blog while I was backpacking by myself, and coming back in August 2014 somehow left me even more in awe than the first. I previously stayed in a hostel in Riamagiorre, but this time chose to rent an apartment in romantic Manarola overlooking the town and vineyards. There are hundreds of stairs, overpacked trains that run on Italian time, the best pesto, pasta, pizza and gelato that I still dream about, with surreal sunsets over the colourful cliffside towns.

You can read my blog post from my first visit to Cinque Terre here, with my 2014 post coming shortly.

5. Marrakech, Morocco.

I visited Marrakech in November 2014, for a shoot on location with Jimmy Choo. I was able to arrive a few days early to explore Marrakech and stayed in Riad Monceau near Jemaa el-Fnaa square, that became an oasis from the hustle and bustle. My favourite part of Marrakech were the Souks… at first they seemed like an endless maze of rugs, spices, ceramics and trinkets but after a few days with the help of kind locals, it felt like we knew every turn. I really hope to see more of Morocco in the coming years!

You can see more of my photos from Marrakech here, with more posts coming shortly.

6. Pamukkale, Turkey.

In early August 2014 my partner and I road tripped for a week through Turkey. We drove from Fethiye – Bodrum – Kusadasi – Efes – Pamukkale – Aksehir – Cappadocia – Kayseri. We started our drive at 4am this day to visit Pamukkale Thermal Pools before the summer heat and tourists arrived. Pamukkale (Cotton Castle in Turkish) is an unreal landscape of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. It was a surreal feeling like we were in a scorching hot snow desert, with every inch of patterned minerals under our feet differing from the thousands of years of flowing water.

You can read my blog post from Pamukkale Thermal Pools here.

7. Portland, Jamaica.

I had a brief love affair with Jamaica, in September 2014. I stayed in the parish of Portland and was completely surprised by how green and luscious it was. I spent days exploring waterfalls, islands and coves. My favourite moment was rafting down the Rio Grande and stopping halfway down the river at Belinda’s wood fire kitchen for Jerk and spicy crayfish.

You can read my post from Goldeneye on the other side of Jamaica here, with more from Portland coming shortly.

8. Oahu, Hawaii.

During January 2014 my close friend & photographer Melissa Findley and I road tripped around Oahu. On this day some beautiful locals took us to their favourite beach, Yokohama Bay. We couldn’t swim due to 30ft swells but instead danced between the crashing waves along the shore.

You can read more from Yokohoma Bay here, or all of my Oahu blog posts here.

9. Istanbul, Turkey.

I visited Istanbul for the second time in July 2014, after being mesmerised with the city the year before. I adore the food, the smell of spices, sharing tea with market owners, the bustling crowds and listening quietly while the Call to Prayer filled the skies at sunset. There is a dwarfing ambience from the cascading domes and minarets of the Blue Mosque, with nearly every inch covered in blue İznik tiles.

Read my full blog post from Inside The Blue Mosque here, and my other posts from Istanbul here. 

10. Tara Canyon, Montenegro.

I visited Montenegro while working with Budva Tourism in July 2014. I was in awe of Tara Canyon, completely shocked at how little I knew about the pristine beauty of this country. We spent the day rafting down the crystal clear river and discovering hidden waterfalls. I hope more people consider Montenegro on their European adventures.

 You can read my blog post from Montenegro here.


I have thousands of photos of my travels from over the years since I started backpacking in 2009, and am realising that I should share them and my travelling thoughts every now and then, not just left forgotten in my blog archives. If anyone has any feedback I’d be so appreciative to receive your comments and questions below!

I can’t wait to share what travels 2015 brings with you…

  • Ivana

    So jealous! Your travels look amazing. You must have had a great year. All the best for 2015 – hope you keep having amazing adventures!

    Ivana @ Hope & Ramble x

  • Those photos! They are absolutely amazing! Love the first one the best


    The pictures are sooo beautiful! I have travel envy right now! Amazing!


  • Liz Stark

    SUCH a fantastic year of travels and experiences!


    You seemed to really impressed by you Turkey adventure 🙂

  • Amazing destinations! Looks like you had a truly incredible 2014, thanks for sharing these stunning places.

  • I absolutely LOVED to see and read every picture you posted on Instagram. So inspiring – and definitely need to put some places on my must-visit list!

    Love, L

  • Natali

    Inspiring post! You have def. traveled a lot!
    I wish to travel this year as much myself!

  • Hi Jessica, a very inspirational post, and I think a great way to start off the new year. I had a trip planned to Cinque Terre last year but due to personal circumstances we had to cancel it. It remains high on my list however, and seeing your photos and reading about your experience makes me want to jump on the train right now. I have to say, you did make me laugh when I read about the stairs and the Italian transport timetable. So true, but adds to the charm, right? Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, and wishing you all the best for 2015!

  • I already mentioned how much I loved these shots. I really feel like I travel with you! I would love to know about where you stayed whether it’s luxurious in a collaboration or a hostel – the good, the bad & the ugly!!!!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Mel

    Incredible experiences! Love the pics

  • Jessica (What To Style)

    Wow, you’re lucky to visit these places! =)

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  • Lucero Zambrano
  • All of the pics are amazing! Lucky you! I hope 2015 is at least as amazing as 2014 for you 🙂

  • I love everything! Your instagram is my drug!
    What a year 2014 was, here is to a more awesome 2015.

  • These photos are so beautiful. I looks forward to see much more on your blog this year!



  • Claudia

    It seems like you had great travel time! I live in Genoa, one hour far from 5 terre, I love that place, Im really happy you visited it and liked it!

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  • These are amazing travel photos! Love!

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  • I’m so glad you did a blog post to summarise these amazing trips! Some might say you’re ‘lucky’ to experience all of this, but I’d say you work smart and hard to achieve so much. May 2015 be even more incredible!

  • elza

    it’s amazing how much you get to travel ! these places look so, so beautiful ! x

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  • Rebecca

    amazing picture. you are so blessed! <3

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  • That makes a little poor girl like me want to travel so badly xx.

  • elizabeth hawn

    gorgeous photos! wish I traveled to all these places

  • Wow…’ve been to so many amazing places……;))

  • Whitney V

    What a beautiful, inspiring post! Every picture looks like it came out of a postcard! I hope one day I get to go as well to the places I haven’t been to in these pics! I went to Morocco in 2014 as well and it was just so gorgeous!!! 😉


  • lavieenliz

    you go to the most beautiful places

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  • Michèle

    woah. so many stunning photos and breathtaking locations

  • Annie

    Wow. The world is an amazing place! I hope I get to travel as much as you do someday….

  • Anna

    Hey Jessica, these destinations must’ve been out-of-this-world amazing! I totally agree with what Kiara King wrote, you’ve totally earned these wonderful experiences with great work your doing with this blog. Wishing you a successful year 2015!

    Sending you love from Scandinavia! ♡

  • Stunning pictures! I am crazy about the first one though. Its beautiful!!!

  • 2014 has been quite an amazing year for you x

  • Jessica

    Wow such a beautiful picture ! Is this your job, to travel and blog about it?

  • Citizen of the World

    Oh my gosh…amazing!
    These places all look so beautiful!
    Great photos too!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  • Oh wow, I absolutely love these photos! Such beautiful places x

  • Nico

    What amazing places you have seen!

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  • Anja
  • daisy

    You have been to the most amazing places!! Gorgeous pictures!!

  • Alice Gostick

    All your photos look absolutely incredible!! I went to Stingray City in Grand Cayman last month and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Hopefully one day I will get to travel and experience amazing things like this!
    Alice xo

  • Absolutely stunning photos!

  • HCHO

    Beautiful post!!!
    Missed the ones though from your trips to Greece…

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  • Tailored and true

    I love this post! What amazing travels, and thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures with us!

  • Wowwww SO many beautiful places!! I am currently deciding where to book a holiday, after seeing this I am thinking either Turkey or Croatia!

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  • wow those places are so beautiful, hope i visit some day at least one or 2

    i have blog too

  • Gorgeous travel pics! What a fun year it’s been!



  • Wow, beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing, I definitely would love to visit all of these places someday. I’ll be going to Istanbul for the first time in March. Wishing you a happy 2015, all the best!

  • Anty Marka

    I envy so many adventures. I love to travel and I can not imagine not being able to go to another country to visit 🙂

  • I’m so glad you decided to showcase places that most people don’t consider to travel to as they aren’t really featured on top 10 lists such as Montenegro. These places are absolutely beautiful!


  • Edina

    Omg, you are absolutely gorgeous you had the courage to travel/backpacking alone back in time! You definitely had a wonderful year, I’ve visited only Tara Canyon yet, but some of these places are on my bucket list! Wish I could just travel all the time 🙂

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  • Megan

    Gorgeous pictures. I’m really excited for you to find out which countries you will visit in 2015..

  • Rachel

    Thanks for this post. You seem to find all the great places and then loads of bloggers seem to go there and document it. I think it’s obvious that you will always be seen as the number one travel/fashion blogger though.

    I am kinda disappointed you don’t post as many videos anymore though. There are no words to describe how cleverly and artistically put together they are. Your 2013 travels is my favourite one so far. Would love a 2014 one.

    Can’t wait to read about your 2015 travels. – would be great if you did a Q&A post too.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    Love all of your photos! Such a beautiful year. xx

  • Mónica – Mes Voyages à Paris

    Your travels this year have been just incredible Jessica!!!



  • This was such a lovely post!

    I adore all these places you visited and these images have further fuelled my wanderlust drive!

  • Magdalena

    Hi Jessica,
    I’m Magdalena, from Poland and I just wanna to tell you that I loooove your blog. I’m following your trips since 2011 and you’re one of my biggest inspiration. Mine comment probably will be lost in these all bellow, but maybe somehow you’ll read it and my biggest request to you is to make a 2014 Video Diary. I love all your videos on YouTube, they makes me more happy and a bigger dreamer. I just wanna wish you more and more travel in 2015 and seeing places you’ve been dreaming 😉
    Magdalena from Wrocław, Poland ;]


    These pictures are absolutely breathtaking!

  • I really love your blog ! Your travel are amazing ! kisses dear

  • Kblossoms

    Love all your travel pictures this year! I like how you are the rare bloggers who incorporate nature scenic areas with your beautiful outfits. Very natural beauty

  • Natalia
  • what the wonderful pictures! You are really lucky girl – thank you for your inspiration 🙂
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  • thank you for this post, I now have a few places to add to my list! would love to see some travel photos/thoughts from the archives

  • Love love love!
    Have a fantastic 2015 year in travel!

  • I am so glad you decided to do this countdown, completely overdue!! I also happen to agree with Rachel–your videos were incredible to watch. Your posts always make the travel bug roar a little loader in me though haha.


  • What another year! I hope you post even more of your travel photos in the future. I really enjoyed your Instagram insights from your top 10 places of 2014.

  • LOVE this post!! Such gorgeous photos. I hope one day I am blessed enough to travel like you!

  • So gorgeous! I love seeing all the adventures and beautiful countries you’ve been too. There’s so much out there in the world to see.

  • Saša Rakovec

    Wow all of these photos are breathtaking! After seeing your post from Croatia I decided I will visit it this summer, since I don’t live so far away!



  • Patricia

    I enjoy so much your travels around the world by Instagram and your blog!!

    You are amazing!


  • This is a beautiful post! I have been following your adventures for the past years and I love seeing all these amazing photos of places I have been to, places I always wanted to go and places that I never heard of and are now on my list as well! I look forward to your 2015 travels! xo, Christina

  • Laura Girard

    Wow absolutely stunning photos, can’t wait to see your 2015 travels !

    Love from Paris

  • It seems like you have been to some incredible places this year! I would love to go to Hawaii and Jamaica, they seem gorgeous! With love,

  • I cannot wait to follow you on your incredible journeys through the photographs you post. <3
    Much love, 2015 will be incredible.

  • The Fashion Panda

    Omg I am so jealous in a postive way. I just love to travel a lot but it’s difficult with work. It’s a dream of mine to travel around the world like you do ! Must be the best thing ever to see the world like you. You are a big inspiration and I love to visit your blog so I can dream away 🙂

  • Ane

    Awesome pics!! Love them. xoxo

  • Wow! Incredible images! I think my favorite is the one at sunrise in Turkey but I’m also in awe of how beautiful Montenegro looks! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing where you head to next 🙂

  • gorgeous photos. I absolutely loved Istanbul, but these pics have given me real wanderlust! Marakkesh is definitely on my list for 2015. All we have booked so far is Bari in Italy.

  • Molly Pavlovich

    Happy new year Jess 🙂

  • These places all look so incredibly gorgeous!!

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  • These images are absolutely breathtaking and magnificent! Really inspires me to want to travel more and document my travels! Thanks so much for sharing!


  • Jane

    I am so admiring you and all the travels you did in the past years. Those photos are amazing again and I already can’t wait to see many more from 2015. xx

  • mybeautrip

    Spectacular photos!

  • It’s good to see new posts n your blog, I missed them! 🙂 I would really like to travel as much as you do, you’re a real inspiration to me. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and trips with us :).

  • Stephanie

    One day I will travel like Jessica 🙂

  • Milica

    You have the best photos i ever seen!


  • Great shots! You are so lucky to be able to travel so much! Everytime I check your Instagram you’re somewhere different.

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  • Michelle K. Lee

    all amazing places 🙂

  • Hi, this post is stunning. You’re very talented. I’m glad I just discovered your blog. It’s a pleasure to explore.

  • Amazing post and photography! Looks like Turkey was the destination of the year from how many times it got a mention. I would love to visit there someday. We’re going to Jamaica in February and I can’t wait.

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  • Camy

    amazing! i love to travel! hope that i’ will be able to go all those places!

  • The Queen of Dreaming

    Amazing trips, I’ve always followed them and see all of them in one post is even more beautiful than one by one!

  • These photographas are truly breathtaking! I hope one day to see all these places myself! 🙂



  • The Stylish Eat

    What an amazing list of places and the pictures are fantastic! Can’t wait to begin my own travels this year!

  • Princess Conwi

    Why dont you try visiting the Philippines? One week is never enough 🙂

  • Amazing photos!!! you are very beautiful
    Kisses from

  • Antonia

    Lovely to see that Croatia has found it’s place among your favourite destinations in 2014! Hope to see you again in our country and we look forward to more beautiful photos!

    P.S. Anyone coming to Central Dalmatia in 2015 is welcomed to check our Facebook page!

  • meg

    such beautiful photos…i’m going to go back and look at all of your posts from these top 10 you chose!


    Hi. I love reading your blog, and dreaming of travelling with you and seeing the sights. A lovely way to pass the time on a cold, wet and dreary British winter’s evening. I especially like your fashion sense. Where do you buy your summer dresses and clothes from? I look forwards to reading more of your posts over this year xx

  • Suzanne

    Absolutely amazing destinations, photography and styling. You are a true inspiration.

  • Mary Shoppings

    Wonderful pics! Great destinations 🙂

  • Wow, most of these places are on my 2015 Travel Bucket List!
    I LOVE your blog so much that after seeing your post from Morocco I decided to visit it this summer.
    Your pictures are always really inspiring, and I can’t wait to read about your 2015 adventures:)

    Green and Turquoise

  • Thank you to make us dream, it definetely inspire me! ^^

  • What incredible sites! If these sites look so amazing in photo what will they look like in reality?

  • Lene CL

    Really nice blog, and amazing pictures! 🙂 Me and my fiance are goingon our honeymoon in June, and this blog post reminded me to not just find a nice beach and a nice hotel, but to be adventurous! 😀

  • Charlotta

    This really is a stunning summary of a year in 10 images~ Well Done!

  • Julie Mitzie

    WOW! just WOW! these photos are incredibly beautiful!! I love your blog!! xx

  • Jake Ryan

    Incredible images wow!!

  • Leanne

    What an inspirational post. I’m completely filled with wanderlust. I’ve done so much travelling and yet I haven’t been to any of these towns or cities. Goes to show you how much of the world there is to discover and that thought just excites me. I think reposting old pictures is a wonderful idea and you get to relive the moments once again which is an added bonus.

    Love from South Africa

  • Thanks Jess! I needed this today. Sometimes we forget to dream when we get so caught up in the day-to-day. Those are all such beautiful places! It’s definitely inspiring to see hard work pay off in immeasurable beauty. xo!

  • Iman

    Such an inspiration, no words to describe your travel pics! you are building an empire girl!

  • Great list! Love this!

  • Plus size clothing

    Travelling is a great part of life and it has a great educational value for us. Glad to see that you are sharing with us your best travelling momemts in 2014. The locations are awesome. The pictures are so much attractive…… I wish if I can travel in these places to enjoy myself….. Thank you very much for sharing this inspiring blog with us.

  • Senida

    Oh My God!! These pictures are amazing and you’ve gone to some of my favorite places! Pamukkale, Turkey is just out of this world! Your pictures are an inspiration to my own style blog **

    Thank you for being an inspiration!!! <3 <3

    Senida H.

  • Every single place is such a beauty!!


  • Brittany

    Love this! Many of these places have been on my radar but now I feel I must visit them all right now! You take very lovely photos, thank you for sharing. |[ ]|

  • gosh, istanbul looks so incredible. i can’t believe i didn’t visit there when i was in turkey a few years ago! portland looks stunning too. beautiful photos.

  • Merve

    Hey there!
    I’m Merve from Istanbul and I’m glad you liked Turkey! Every corner of this country is worth travelling. I hope you’ll come here again!
    Your photos are amazing! Keep discovering new places 🙂

  • All of your travels look amazing! So many breathtaking views!

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  • I was in Vernazza in Cinque Terre in August too! So stunning!

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  • tina

    I’m so glad that you visit my country. Regards from Croatia

  • Your photos are true art! I seriously feel all the emotion of the moment! Amazing xx

  • Ayse

    Amazing photos, every place looks interesting. I like especially your outfit in Cappadocia, Turkey and I am missing Pamukkale, my hometown. Thanks for sharing

  • Nuria

    Beautiful and amazing pictures! I go to Turkey every summer and I am not that far of the Cotton Castle, it has never called my atention when I have seen it advertised in the excursions booklets that I get in Bodrum. I will certainly go to see it this summer! Thanks for sharing such a lovely places.

  • These pictures are absolutely stunning!! I love how you’ve captured each country’s essence in your pictures. x.
    Love from Dubai,

  • Turkey is really a perfect place for travelers …

  • Georgia

    Hey Jessica, I adore your blog! I started backpacking around the same time as you, but only now have started documenting my travels. I am working in croatia in the summer, as I did the last, and I also got to visit Montenegro and couldn’t believe what a hidden treasure it was! Love all your beautiful photos, happy travels, Georgia

  • Iliana

    Jessica, I just came across your blog by pure chance. Your photos are absolutely stunning! Keep up! 🙂

  • Zorica

    You’ve visited so many beautiful places.
    Thanks for sharing