The best moments of Packing my Suitcase in 2014

Kas, Turkey, by Packing my Suitcase

Sunset in Kas, Turkey

What a wonderful year 2014 has been. Many trips, new friends and experiences, unforgettable moments and places, memories made, great food, diving, Formula 1, lake, mountain, wine, big cities, gems, island, boat trips, photos, underwater photos, and the beginning of Packing my Suitcase.

It was in April, precisely in San Marino – the first trip of the year – when it all began…

San Marino by Packing my Suitcase

Not so long after exploring the amazing medieval little town of San Marino at the Monte Titano, in June came Croatia. From Munich, my traveling dog, W and I drove to the beautiful Croatian island Krk, and stayed in the charming city of Baska. It was there where W and I learned how to dive, and finished our Open Water Diver course.

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

Diving in Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase

At the end of trip we made a little stop at the pretty Ljubljana. What an enchanting place…

Ljubljana, Slovenia. By Packing my Suitcase.

In July I went to the amazing Budapest for the 2nd time, especially to see a Formula 1 race, one of the best throughout the 2014 season. What a weekend!

Sunset in Budapest. By Packing my Suitcase.

Formula 1 Grand Prix Budapest 2014, by Packing my Suitcase

Then, it was Italy’s turn in September! We drove to Milan during a sunny weekend, just to see the Formula 1 once again. Walking and walking around the circuit… all worth the while to see those beauties racing once more!

Milan, Italy. By Packing my Suitcase.

Formula 1 Grand Prix Monza 2014, by Packing my Suitcase

Still in September, W and I visited for the first time the magical Istanbul, and managed in a short time, to see the main attractions of the city…

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And the gem Kas! What a country is Turkey, how amazingly friendly are the Turkish people. We had unforgettable days in this country, and even managed to get out Advanced Open Water diving certification!

Kas, Turkey, by Packing my Suitcase

Boat Wreck

Boat Wreck in Kas, Turkey

Yup, we went down to 38m depth, did wreck diving and saw many turtles and stingrays. We surely had an amazing time!

Airplane wreck

Airplane wreck in Kas, Turkey

November came, and we made our last trip of the year to Marsa Alam, Egypt. We spent 10 days diving non-stop in this paradise for divers…

Marsa Alam, Egypt. By Packing my Suitcase.

Marsa Alam, Egypt. By Packing my Suitcase.

We enjoyed the sun, that is for sure, but we spent most of our days underwater, just the way I like it. We saw turtles, stingrays, lionfish, crocodile fish, we did wreck diving, cave diving and we saw one of most dangerous shark species in the World, the Oceanic White Tip!

Oceanic White Tip Shark

Oceanic White Tip Shark

Hamada Wreck

Hamada Wreck

Diving in Marsa Alam, by Packing my Suitcase.

Diving in Marsa Alam, by Packing my Suitcase.

Diving in Marsa Alam, by Packing my Suitcase.

Not only did I travel, but also discovered and shared with you a little bit of the German culture too: like the Oktoberfest, German habits, the must see in Munich, what to do in Munich during summer, German Christmas traditions, 10 reasons to live in Munich, the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein, my favorite streets of Munich, what was it like to spend the World Cup in Germany, I made a tour around Munich’s Christmas Markets, and much more.

Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

The Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

What a year! I am not only grateful for all the trips I made, but also to all of you reading and following Packing my Suitcase. I know many of you never leave a comment but enjoy reading my posts anyways, and I know that many of you love to leave me a comment… I am grateful to every single one of you!

Since this is my last post of 2014, I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year! May 2015 be filled with trips to all of you, may I keep inspiring you somehow to travel the World and to keep visiting Packing my Suitcase, you are all very welcome here. Thank you so much for the support, you are the best!

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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Wow, such a great year! Especially jealous of the deep diving stuff πŸ™‚ You go girl! Can’t wait to see your plans for 2015 πŸ™‚ Have a lovely new year!

    • Thank you so much dear!!! I had been an amazing year, and I am very excited to see how 2015 will be πŸ˜€
      I wish you a happy 2015 and I hope it will be filled with amazing trips πŸ˜€

  • How wonderful your photos are. You have had such enjoyable trips throughout this year. I like reading your blog, as it lets me open my eyes to see how beautiful our world is. Wish you joy in the coming new year too!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words my dear!! It makes me really happy to know you enjoy reading my blog and that somehow I inspire you to want to travel the World πŸ˜€

      Happy 2015, I hope your year will be filled with love and trips πŸ˜€

  • O! so lovely..

    You have capsuled the entire year journey in such a way it presents a beautiful story…the sunset in Kas, simply amazing, the nostalgic medieval town of San Marino, Istanbul, Budapest to Italy…wreck to cave diving to scintillating Formula 1…encountering the most dangerous shark spices deep down to watching the fastest drivers of the world racing fast the tracks…it is a script one cannot write, it happens when one is driven by passion for travel and urge for exploration.

    In all accounts as described, 2014 was definitely a fantastic year for you, and I am sure 2015 will be no less and perhaps could be much better…It was indeed a great year for me for knowing wonderful friends like you and yes, our conversations has been great, and looking forward to much more engaging exchanges of new thoughts, and as usual I am looking forward to read more of such brilliant posts from you…

    Happy Holidays…Let the New Year be full of fun and usher in lots of pleasant surprises…

    • Oh Nihar! Thank you once again for your amazing words!!
      I am happy you enjoyed reading about my adventures throughout this year! Lets see how 2015 will be πŸ˜€

      I hope you also had an unforgettable year, especially filled with love. And I wish you an amazing new year ahead of you! We will certainly keep in touch, I feel very lucky to have met you through blogging πŸ˜€

      • Yeah, it was lovely year for me…many good things happened and few not so good things, life is not always what we want but it is how we are able to take what is given…accepting things in life is something we resist and it persist…

        I will definitely take a leaf out of your adventure and trying exploring more places and new things this year, it was quite inspiring…

        Great feeling to be able to get connected and know such wonderful experiences of yours…
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        • I agree with you Nihar… things aren’t always as we expect, but I think we should always be grateful. I hope next year will be better πŸ˜€

          I am happy I can inspire you to travel more, I hope your new year be filled with amazing new places and moments πŸ˜€

          • Let 2015 be harbinger of lot of good things for many people who have been deprived of good things in life…nothing can be more satisfying seeing less privilege people being happy and experiencing good thing of life…

            Yes, I have take the cue from you and you can expect many posts on my travelling experience though I cannot match up to you and your wonderful way of putting it…

            Happy Travelling and Happy Sharing!!!

          • Thank you so much Nihar!!!
            Don’t worry, knowing how good you write you won’t have any problem on writing about your travels… I will look forward to it πŸ˜€

            Happy travelling and Happy sharing!!

          • Your travel experience and narration was brilliant and as I told I am inspired to do it by reading your beautiful descriptions…
            Hope you had a great beginning to the New Year…
            Thanks so much…

          • Thank you dear Nihar for the lovely compliments! I am happy to know I inspire you also with my writing.

            I also hope you had a great beginning to the new year πŸ˜€

          • It was indeed a great post and things have been good and looking forward to good beginning…
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          • Thank you πŸ˜€

  • Yeyy for all the wonderful moments! I bet 2015 will be equally or even more fantastic!! I can’t wait to read all the great stories you will have for us πŸ™‚ Happy new year, have a great time with your loved ones! Wish you lots of love and more snow from the sunny side of this!

    • Dear Isabel, thank you so much for your sweet words!
      I also hope you will have another amazing year filled with love and happiness… I am very happy to have met you this year, and it will be amazing to meet you in person sometime!
      Happy 2015, Feliz 2015 πŸ˜€ <3

      • Feliz feliz 2015!! The pleasure is mine, truly! <3

  • What a year you had! Amazing! Love Formula 1, I’ve been in Istanbul one year to watch it! And Oktoberfest! Do I want to visit it one day? Yeaaah. Great post!

    • hahaha thank you so much for your lovely comment my dear πŸ˜€ greaaat to know that another girl around here also loved Formula 1…. the GP in Istanbul must have been amazing!!
      And I really hope you can come for Oktoberfest one day, and if you do, let me know πŸ˜€
      Happy 2015!!

  • 2014 sure was a busy year for you! Let’s hope that 2015 can be just as adventurous!

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ I wish you an amazing 2015 to you too…filled with amazing trips, so you can keep posting great stories πŸ˜€

  • Lovely photos! Oh, I’m so envious- I haven’t been diving in over a year! D: I’m glad 2014 was a great year- and I look forward to seeing where you pack your suitcase for next year.

    • Thank you much Holly! I am very happy you liked my photos πŸ˜€ I hope you go diving soon!! Last time I did was last month and it already seems like ages ago, and I can’t wait to go again!!

      Happy 2015… I hope you have an amazing year, with love, diving and travels πŸ˜€ we will certainly be in touch!

  • What a lovely post! Wishing you more amazing travels in 2015!

    • Thank you so much dear Shikha!! I also wish you amazing travels in 2015, and lots of happy moments with your loved ones! πŸ˜€ <3

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Sounds like you’ve had such a wonderful year Allane! Egypt must have been a diving paradise and I would love to visit Croatia and Istanbul! Wishing you a very happy new year!

    • Thank you very much for your wishes Shikha!!
      Egypt was indeed amazing, and I hope you visit Istanbul and Croatia soon… they are amazing places and Im sure you will loved them πŸ˜€

      I wish you a happy new year and hope that it will be filled with love and travels πŸ˜€

  • TouchΓ© GuimarΓ£es

    hi Allane,

    nice places, kid, very very nice. We’ve also been to some of those. One thing is specially interesting: the pic of the castle in San Marino. Check Erice, in Sicilia, they have the same (crazy) sort of construction (have you been there?). Small world…really small.

    big hug!

    • Hi TouchΓ©!! Thank you πŸ˜€
      Ohh really?? I didn’t know… I will check!! Its beautiful isn’t it? I loved San Marino, and their wine too πŸ˜€

      Happy 2015 πŸ˜€

  • Happy new year! You surely do inspire, so much so that i have decided that 2015 will include way more travel than 2014 πŸ™‚ have a wondeful new years eve!

    • Dear Anne!! I am so happy to know that πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to see where you are going and read all about it!!
      Thank you for your wishes, I wish you a happy new year too and lots of travels πŸ˜€

  • Great idea for a blog post

  • Such a fantastic year you’ve had and you have been to some amazing places! I especially love all your diving photos – they are stunning. Hope you’ve had a great Christmas and have an awesome New Year πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much dear Ayla!!
      I guess the diving photos are also my favorite, each one with its own story πŸ˜€
      I also hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you an amazing New Year… may 2015 be filled with travels for you πŸ˜€

  • What a great year. Makes me realise I need more beach/ocean time in the next year, it’s been too long. Here’s to a great 2015 too!

    • hahaha I love the beach/ocean, so I always try to go somewhere near the sea πŸ˜€ I hope you go to some amazing places next year so I can read all about it on your blog!!
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you an amazing new year, with lots and lots of travels πŸ˜€

  • Wishing you a very Happy New Year to you and a year full of wonderful blogging… and packing your suitcases many many times over:)

    • Thank you so much for the amazing wishes dear!!!
      I also wish you a wonderful new year and that you also pack your suitcases many many times πŸ˜€ <3

  • Wow, what a wonderfully year you’ve had, so many beautiful places, my husband might be traveling to Munich in January for work, he works for an Audi dealership here in Canada. Have a happy New Year Allane, hugs:)

    • Thank you so much dear Lily!!
      Ohhhh are you coming with him? That would be awesome!!
      Let me know if he needs anything, or tips, help πŸ˜€

      I hope you had an amazing Christmas and wish you a wonderful New Year filled with amazing surprises and delicious food πŸ˜€

      • No, not this trip, probably the next one, so I will let you know:)
        Have a Happy New Year too!

        • Ohhh noo!! I hope you can come to the next one… It would be lovely to meet you πŸ˜€

  • All those amazing memories!!! Wishing you another wonderful year filled with fun, lots of adventures and happiness πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much dear Amanda!!!
      I hope you had an amazing Christmas with your family and also wish you a wonderful new year!! I can’t wait to see what’s coming up in your blog next year πŸ˜€ <3

  • Wow what an eventful year! I wish you the best for 2015!

    • Thank you Sophie πŸ˜€
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I also wish you an amazing new year, filled with love and travels πŸ˜€

  • Here’s wishing you an equally exciting and memorable 2015, filled with new places, new people, new cultures and unforgettable experiences!

    • Thank you so much dear Helene!!
      I hope you had a wonderful and magical Christmas, and wish you an amazing new year, also filled with amazing travels πŸ˜€ <3

  • That is a stunning sunset in Kas! My eyes! πŸ˜€ <3

    I think you know this already, but I LOVE reading your blog! Looking back, that is so many places you got to visited. Though they are mostly short trips, you made the most of it and took us all along – what a great tour guide πŸ˜€ I very much enjoyed the ride and I look forward to reading more of your travels soon. Very happy to have stumbled upon your blog. Happy new year and see you next year. Take care and talk soon ^^' <3

    • Thank you so much my dear friend Mabel!!!
      There aren’t enough words to say how much I appreciate your friendship around here, and how much happy I am for have found your blog πŸ˜€
      Today I got the WordPress yearly report and you are among the top 3 who most comments on my blog πŸ˜€ what an honor for me! Thank you so much!!

      I hope you had an amazing Christmas, and I wish you a wonderful new year!! πŸ˜€

      • Always a pleasure stopping by to read your blog, Allane. I love your travel writing – it’s so effortless and conversational. Someday I want to write like that.

        Awww, I love stopping by to chat! You are in the Top 3 most-commented on my blog for last year πŸ˜€ It’s always great chatting with you.

        Happy New Year and safe travels this year. Very glad to have met you last year, many more chats soon ^^’ <3

        • Awwwwn Mabel you are so sweet, you just made my day πŸ˜€
          I also loooove to stop by your blog… but the way I need to catch up soon, now things are going back to normal after the holidays ahaha πŸ˜€

          I hope you had an amazing NYE with your family and I will look forward to chat with you throughout this new year! Its always a pleasure! And I am veeery happy to have met you!

          Thank you so much for your support!
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  • Wishing you another amazing year ahead! πŸ™‚

  • What an amazing year indeed ! I hope 2015 will be as incredible πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you dear πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you an amazing new year! I hope 2015 will be filled with amazing new places and moments πŸ˜€

  • Sounds like you had a great year, Allane! I hope 2015 will be even better! πŸ˜€

    • Thank you so much dear Vlad πŸ˜€
      I hope you have a wonderful new year coming up, and that you make unforgettable trips… I can’t wait to read all about them and see more amazing photos πŸ˜€

  • way to make every reader jealous! What a fantastic year you’ve had!

    • hahaha ohh noo, its only to inspire you to travel more and more πŸ˜€
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you an amazing new year… wish looooots of travels πŸ˜€

  • It looks like you had an incredible year! You visited so many destinations I’m dying to visit, so I enjoying following along on your travels! Happy New Year!

    • Thank you dear Ashley!! I am happy you enjoy following my blog! I hope you can visit all of your favorite destinations soon!!
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you lots of travels in 2015! Happy new year πŸ˜€

  • What a great year! I hope 2015 brings many new adventures πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you!

    • Thank you so much dear!!
      Im sure you also had an amazing year too… at least with a big change in your life as you moved to Germany πŸ˜€

      Happy new year to you too and maybe we will meet in 2015 πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful underwater photos! I’m looking forward to following your trips in 2015, too. Happy New Year, Allane!

    • Thank you so much dear Celia!!! I will look forward to reading your stories in 2015 πŸ˜€
      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you an amazing new year coming up πŸ˜€

  • Hi Allane! Sounds like a great year, with much travel and many new experiences πŸ™‚
    I am looking forward to follow you and your travels next year as well.
    Wish you a happy new year πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much dear Hanne!!!
      I am also looking forward to read more amazing stories on your blog!! I hope you had an amazing Christmas and wish you a wonderful new year filled with love, amazing moments and travels πŸ˜€ <3

  • Sounds like a great year! Wishing you a wonderful 2015!

    • Thank you very much dear!!!
      I also wish you Happy New Year… filled with amazing travels πŸ˜€

  • It’s amazing to look back at the fantastic travels you’ve had this year… Bring on 2015! I’m so happy to have met you this year and you’ve been such a great support to me. Thanks Allane, wishing you a very happy new year and looking forward to the next x

    • Awwwn Ting you are so sweet!! I am also very happy to have met you in 2014, you are also a great support to me and it means a lot!! You are an inspiration for me…. especially as a mom πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for the lovely words and wishes!! Happy new year….. and I will look forward to exchanging more comments and reading your posts throughout 2015 πŸ˜€ <3

  • So glad for you, what a lovely year you had πŸ™‚

  • What an amazing year! Hope there are many more adventures in 2015!

    • Thank you so much Rachel!
      Happy new year to you πŸ˜€ May 2015 be filled with love <3

  • The underwater wrecks look so slimey! But the gorgeous Croatian waters more than make up for it. Here’s to a travel-filled 2015!

    • Thank you so much dear Anna!!!
      Happy new year to you, and I will look forward to keep in touch πŸ˜€

  • Gorgeous photos! My sister would be so jealous that you got to see TWO Forumla 1 races in one year πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much dear!! hahaha ohhh really? So she is also a F1 fan like me πŸ˜€ good to know!! This year I already have one race planned, I already miss the noise πŸ˜€

  • Gosh, you really did fit a LOT into last year – go you! I absolutely adore your photos, and can’t wait to follow your travels on your fabulous blog πŸ˜€ x

    • hahaha yes… whenever I can I fit as much as possible, even if its just a short trip πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for the compliment, it makes me really happy to know you like my pictures!! And thank you for the follow. Do you have a blog too?

  • Love this summary πŸ™‚ And your photos have totally sold us to visit all those place! Cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for you…

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ happy I could inspired you both!
      I am also curious to see where 2015 will take you πŸ˜€