The Best Photos of 2014


I could have chosen any topic for the first post of 2015, however I thought that there is no better way to start the year with a small collection of the Best Photos of 2014. It was not easy to make these choices; I admit that I struggled a bit, after all 2014 was a very special year full of amazing trips.

Even though many of these photos were not taken in 2014, all of them were posted throughout last year. Most of them were also posted on my Instagram and Facebook. They are not in a particular order, it was already too difficult for me to choose 30 pictures among so many. However, I would love to know from you, which one is your favorite… the hardest task is yours!

In case you want to read the post in which the photo was originally posted, just click on each image and you will be redirected to the corresponding post.


San Marino at night

San Marino at night by Packing my Suitcase


Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Stockholm by Packing my Suitcase


Thudufushi Island, Maldives

Diamonds Thudufushi, Maldives. By Packing my Suitcase


Paris at sunset from the Arc du Triomphe

Paris, France by Packing my Suitcase


The Burj al Arab from the inside, Dubai

Burj al Arab


Sunset at Baska, Krk Island, Croatia

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase


An old lady at the sunset in Budapest

Sunset in Budapest


The Galata Tower, Istanbul



The Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest by Packing my Suitcase


Milan from the Duomo, Italy

Milan, Italy. By Packing my Suitcase.


The Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

The Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.


A little anemone fish saying hello in Marsa Alam, Egypt

Hello there!


My traveling dog swimming at Lake Bled, Slovenia

Swimming on Lake Bled


Airplane Wreck in Kas, Turkey

Airplane wreck


Duomo di Milano, Italy

Duomo di Milano, by Packing my Suitcase


Hamada Wreck, Marsa Alam, Egypt

Diving in Marsa Alam, by Packing my Suitcase.


Winter Tollwood, Christmas Market in Munich

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase


The Olympiaturm, Olympiapark, Munich

Olympiapark, Munich by Packing my Suitcase


A camel by the sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt



The clear water of the Adriatic Sea, Baska, Krk Island, Croatia

Baska, Krk Island, Croatia. By Packing my Suitcase


Me, cave diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt

Diving in Marsa Alam, by Packing my Suitcase.


The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Paris, by Packing my Suitcase.


An Oceanic White Tip Shark, Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Alam, Egypt

Oceanic White Tip Shark


Sunset in Kas, Turkey

Kas, Turkey, by Packing my Suitcase


Thudufushi Island, Maldives



Diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt

Diving in Marsa Alam, by Packing my Suitcase.


GlΓΌhwein at the Middle Age Christmas Market, Munich

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase


Neuhauser Christmas Market, Munich

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase


Nymphenburg Castle, Munich

Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich by Packing my Suitcase


Sunset in Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam, Egypt. By Packing my Suitcase.

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.

  • All great photos, I almost voted for the camel one, but then I thought that number 21 is pretty epic! πŸ˜€

  • So, so beautiful! Amazing adventures in 2014, can’t wait to hear more this year! I love this idea for a year’s recap too. πŸ™‚

  • O! What a lovely set of pictures, each tells a tale…I was glued to each one and find it real difficult to pitch one against the other and choose the best from the better. Let me try out and I am sure I will not do justice to the other…

    The Sunset at Kas, Turkey.
    The Eiffel Tower, Paris.
    Thudufushi Island, Maldives.

    ….are my choice of the top three.

    It is delight to see through the series of photos and the combination of sunset to underwater to structures to statues you have everything captured in your lens and it’s panoramic view of the wonderful world…just spectacular.

    A great beginning to the New Year…cheers!!!

    • Thank you so much Nihar!!
      It is indeed very difficult to choose among them… your choices are all amazing!! Thank you very much for your opinion πŸ˜€

      And happy new year!

      • It was such a lovely post that I kept running through it many times but could do disparity between them, as each was a lovely capture…
        Wonderful way to start the new year…

        • Awwwn thank you so much Nihar! I am so glad that you enjoyed the post that much… you’ve made my day!!

  • great pics!! Now I really wanna go diving in Egypt!

  • I absolutely love that Lake Bled photo – I think the swimming dog is just the cherry on top of the bakewell tart! So adorable!

    • hahaha thank you so much dear!!
      I love this photo too… and Enzzo makes it even more special indeed πŸ˜€

  • What a year! Amazing photos, amazing adventures.

  • Love the black and whites!

  • Difficult to chose to be honest, they all refer to amazing trips ! I hope that 2015 will bring a lot of travels as well πŸ™‚

    • hahaha I know… its very hard to choose!!!
      Thank you so much dear, I wish you the same too… many many travels!!!

  • Gorgeous pics. Thanks for the world tour. On a hot day here, the underwater ones look especially appealing!

    • Thank you so much dear Ruth!! I am happy that you liked the photos… and yes, the underwater ones are amazing, I also wish to be there during this German cold winter πŸ˜€

  • Absolutely gorgeous photos, Allane! I can see a lot of improvements between the oldest and the newest photos. πŸ˜€ It was tough to choose, my favorites were 7. 9, 12 and 26 but I had to go with 26 in the end πŸ˜€

    • hahaha thank you so much Vlad!! Of course they aren’t even close to your pictures, but I am very happy that you liked them! And you made an awesome choice πŸ˜€ I think you will become a diver soon πŸ˜€

  • OMG The Maldives photo is my absolute favorite! I must go there in 2015!

    • Thank you dear Danika! πŸ˜€
      Yessss, you must go to the Maldives… its heaven on Earth!!

  • All of them are really nice!!! It was hard to choose just one though. But I have been voting πŸ™‚

    • hahaha another tough choice for you regarding photos πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for the compliment and for voting!!

  • I have said it before but the photo of Lake Bled with your pup is a stunner. All lovely photos. Wishing you the very best in 2015!

    • Thank you very much dear Sue!! πŸ˜€ <3
      Happy 2015…all the best in 2015 to you too!!! Many many travels!

  • All are absolutely gorgeous Alaine! It’s difficult to pick one, the diving pics in Egypt are amazing

    • Thank you so much dear Radhika!!
      I am very happy that you like my photos… it is indeed very difficult to choose!! The diving ones are always my favorite… and the one of the old lady in Budapest is surely one of my favorite too!!

      Thank you very much for your wishes… I wish you a happy new year and lots of success in Paris… as well as lots of love πŸ˜€

  • Love all the pictures – however the camel might just be my favourite!! Very best wishes for 2015 – hope it brings health, happiness and travel!

    • Thank you so much dear!!!
      The camel by the sea is so cute isn’t it? πŸ˜€ I was about to enter the water to dive and there he was πŸ˜€
      Thank you for the wishes!! I also wish you a wonderful 2015, filed with travels, love and health! πŸ˜€

  • there are a lot of great travel photos out there on the web, but your underwater shots add a fantastic dimension to your blog that most dont have. and that one of the fish (12) is brilliant!

    • Wow, thank you so much for the compliment Andrew!! It makes me really happy to know that you like my underwater photos πŸ˜€
      Happy 2015 by the way… I wish you many many travels this year!!

  • Some amazing photos here, it was really hard to pick one! Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much dear John πŸ˜€
      I am happy to know you like my photos!!
      Happy new year to you too… I wish you many many travels πŸ˜€

  • Such beautiful pictures! Picking just one was absolute torture! Loved them all, but my favorite would be the diving picture in the cave in Egypte, but it was a very close call with the sunsets (all of them!! :)) and the Paris pictures.
    Have a fantastic 2015!!! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much dear Nina!! I am very happy that you liked my pictures… it is very hard to decide right? I love them all, but the diving ones are always my favourites!

      I wish you a happy new year filled with travels πŸ˜€

  • They are all fantastic but I like the one with your dog swimming the most. Cannot help it. I love dogs!

    • hahaha thank you dear Vasilis!! I love this one too… what can I say? I am also crazy about dogs πŸ˜€

  • They’re all fabulous photos – love your swimming dog but had to go for no 26 in the end. Such a colourful shot. Happy New Year – hope you have more fabulous trips in 2015 πŸ™‚

    • Thank you for stopping by Suzanne! And I am very happy that you liked the photos πŸ˜€ though decision I know, but thank you so much for voting πŸ˜€
      I also wish you an amazing new year filled with amazing travels, and I will look forward to following your adventures too πŸ˜€

  • I cannot imagine how much you struggled to pick 30 of your favourite photos from the year! You know how much I love your diving photos but all of these are just gorgeous, I cannot possibly pick just one! My two favourites are probably the fish saying hello in Egypt and your travelling dog swimming in Lake Bled. Both animal ones haha!

    • hahaha thank you for the lovely comment dear Ayla!! I am so happy to know that you like my diving photos πŸ˜€
      I know, it was veeeery hard to pick only 30, so I can imagine how hard it was to pick only one haha! Thank you for you opinion πŸ˜€

  • Beautiful photos from wonderful places! My favourite is number 24 – sunset in Turkey, this picture has a magical ambience…. I would like to be there. πŸ™‚ And I really like your blog too, you were in so many interesting and beautiful places.

    • Thank you so much Pamela! I am very glad that you like my pictures, because yours are stunning. I will look forward to keep in touch with you πŸ™‚

  • Great photos – you’ve done so much travelling! I love the image of Paris from the Arc du Triomphe, what a beautiful shot.

    • Thank you so much for the compliment and for your visit.
      I am happy that you like my photos!!
      Have a great day πŸ™‚

  • Oh man, you know how to really get me thinking! I *almost* voted for number 4 because of all the beautiful colours, but no 13 won out in the end because…well, DOG πŸ˜€ Keep being awesome in 2015! x

    • hahahahaha thank you so much for your vote!!
      Yeah, you will be seeing a lot of my dog here on the blog. Whenever we are traveling by car he comes along πŸ˜€
      I appreciate your comment!!

  • Fabulous photos!! I had such a hard time picking my favorite, but ultimately went with the view of the Eiffel Tower from Paris. I too was up there in May and it is still one of my favorite views of the city and you captured it right at dusk – perfect!

    You went to so many amazing places this year!! Hope your 2015 is just as spectacular!

    • Thank you so much dear!! It makes me really happy that you liked them! I appreciate your vote πŸ˜€
      It is an amazing view isn’t it? Every time I go to Paris I need to get up there, and this time was just perfect… I love this picture too πŸ˜€

      I also wish you an amazing 2015 filled with travels!

  • So many great ones! I love the camel one – maybe because I’m missing Dubai a little πŸ™‚ and also 22 – love the retro vibe.

    • Thank you Lynda!! I am happy to know that you liked my pictures!!
      Ohh yes, Dubai is pretty cool, I was there for my honeymoon… would love to come back πŸ˜€

  • What an incredible collection for 2014 πŸ™‚ Can’t imagine how tough it would have been to narrow it down because we are sure you would’ve taken hundreds of incredible photos!

    • Hey guys!! I was reaaaally hard indeed hahaha… it took me hours to select them πŸ˜€ I am happy that you liked it, thank you!!

  • Great idea do post like that and of course beautiful set of photos! Good job! Bye. Kamila

  • I voted for 26 because I would really like to be diving right now!

    • hahaha I completely understand you!!! I miss diving too.. I can’t wait to go again! πŸ˜€

  • They are all so beautiful but my favorite has to be #4 because Paris has always had a little piece of my heart!

    • Thank you Constance πŸ˜€
      Ohhhh I totally understand your choice!! πŸ˜‰ <3

  • I was gonna give it to the first Paris photo (the rooftops!) but COME ON who can resist the dog? It made the photo not just postcard-perfect, but personal, too.

    PS – why is octoberfest so civilized? I imagined it a lot more insane, half-naked people bumping into each other spilling beer over everyone.

    • hahaha true!! No one can resist… that is why it was the winner πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ my traveling dog is becoming famous haha

      Ohh this photo of the Oktoberfest was taken in the morning, so people are still civilized hahaha though, naked people I have never seen there… spilling beer, that happens all the time πŸ˜€

  • Great idea! I’ve got to remember to showcase my favorite photos for next year! Oh, and I voted too πŸ˜‰

    • Yesss please do that!! Especially because this year I am sure that you are going to have amazing photos πŸ˜€

  • Love the sunset in Croatia but it looks like you had a fantastic year of travelling!

    • Thank you πŸ˜€ happy that you liked it! Thank you for stopping by around here! Have a great weekend!

  • Number 13 for sure πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha <3 It was the winner by far, I was really impressed by this hahaha πŸ˜€

  • Are you kidding? Every one of these are prize-winning and spectacular. Now I have to spend my morning looking at each one; did you really have to include the poll? lol
    Seriously, I love your blog; the artistry adds an awesome dimension to the fabulous pictures and stories are great also. I hope we can begin to have such great experiences once we finally get the heck out of Dodge (well, outta Walnut Creek anyway)

    Happy 2015; thanks for checking in with my “not so spectacular but trying to get better” blog

    Rob and Diane

    • Awwwnnn thank you so much dear Rob and Diane!! I am beyond happy by your kind compliments πŸ˜€ <3 You just made my day!
      Your blog is awesome!!! And I am happy to have found you and for following you πŸ˜€

      Happy 2015 too and happy travels!!

  • Great photos! # 13 Slovenia is on my list for 2015.

    • Thank you Jennifer πŸ˜€
      Awesome!! I hope you make it there this year… its a lovely country πŸ˜€

  • Wow Allane! Such beautiful pictures of some amazing places. You’re right, it was difficult to choose the best. Your underwater pictures are wonderful. My absolute favorite has got to be number 13! Lake Bled looks magical, and your adorable pup makes it even more special. Wish you an awesome 2015 filled with more lovely memories! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much for the kind compliments dear Nita!! Sorry for the late reply, I am in Brazil at the moment spending some time with my family πŸ˜€
      I am very happy that you liked the pictures!!
      And I also wish you a wonderful 2015 filled with amazing moments and trips πŸ˜€ <3