I don't know about you, but 2014 was a pretty intense year for me. I moved half way across the world for crying out loud! As I was going through my pictures I realised how many great moments I've experienced this year and it would be mean to just kept them all to myself. So here we go!
The photo you see below is of me and my boyfriend on the rooftop of generator hostel in Berlin. He used to work there and so we sneaked onto the rooftop on New Year's Eve to take photos of the fireworks. This is literally one of the first photos I took in 2014!
Berlin is a city that I love and hate at the same time. I have so many fond memories connected with this place and all the friends that I left behind when I decided it was time to go. When leaving I told myself that I am never coming back, but if I learned one thing during my travels 'never say never'!
Whilst living in Berlin I hopped over the border to Poland at least once every month to visit my family. I felt like living between two different worlds, city and countryside, hectic and calm and all that only 4 hours by train!
My first travel destination of the year was Livigno in Italy. I went there in April, right at the end of the ski season. It was all snowboarding for me, so I didn't take any decent photos apart from the one below and few gopro selfies, but I can assure you I had an awesome time!
Carnival Of Cultures
Fast forward to June, from snow covered slopes in the alps back to hot and sticky Berlin. Once a year for a few days the already international city turns itself into a mixture of colours and cultures during the annual Carnival Of Cultures. Here are my snaps from the parade that takes place on the last day of the Carnival.
In 2014 I got to tick off quite few things on my bucket list. One of them was seeing and photographing Matterhorn. It was a bit of a challenge to travel to Switzerland on a budget, but in the end I have to say I managed pretty damn well. If you ever plan to visit Zermatt here is the little trekking guide I wrote.
Unfortunately one of the biggest dissapointments during my travels was my 3-week-stopover in Thailand. So much so, that I swore not to travel there ever again! As it often happens though, I quickly forget about the bad experiences and try to remember the good ones. Visiting the picturesque Erawan National Park and hanging out in the fancy rooftop bar in Lebua State Tower in Bangkok was an absolute highlight!
I've been planning to move to New Zealand for over a year before finally setting my foot in this beautiful country. So far it's been every bit as amazing as everyone said and I can say it definitely lived up to my expectations! I am here on a working holiday visa for a whole year and at this point I have 10 months left to see and discover as much as I can.
I started my trip in Auckland on the north island, where I looked for the best viewpoints in the city.
New Zealand especially the north island are known for its active volcanoes and some crazy geothermal areas, so I couldn't miss visiting the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland and trekking the Tongariro Northern Circuit - one of New Zealand's Great Walks.
My last stop on the north island (for now), was the charming capital of New Zealand - Wellington.
The reason why I travelled so quickly through the north island was that I wanted to get to Queenstown on the south island before the summer season kicked off. It turned out to be really good decision. Not only did I manage to secure myself a job and accommodation within the first week of being here, but also the town and the surrounding areas turned out to be a photographer's paradise! Queenstown is called the adventure capital of the world with year round outdoor activities, so as you can imagine there is an abundance of jobs in the tourism industry. I plan to stay here for the summer season before setting off on a roadtrip again.
Right before going to New Zealand I invested in a new lens to try out some astrophotography and I have to say that I am hooked! I think I discovered my new passion, so expect more star photos in 2015! These ones were taken in Tekapo- the International Dark Sky Reserve on New Zealand's south island.
What are your best travel moments of 2015?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me somewhere in the mountains.