Best Moments of 2015

Allane Milliane, Packing my Suitcase

It is hard to believe that in a few hours 2015 will be over. Even though I think this year was the fastest in my life so far, at the same time so much has happened too. In 2015 Packing my Suitcase turned 1 year, I visited 8 countries – one of them for the first time – over 15 cities in 3 different continents and took 16 flights.

I love looking back in time, and as last year, I thought it would be great to look into Packing my Suitcase’s best moments of 2015. Shall we?


After a calm New Year’s Eve at home and lots of snow, I headed to Brazil for 2 weeks and spent some quality time with family and friends. I also enjoyed the time to get some vitamin D to survive the next cold and dark months in Germany. I showed you a little bit of my hometown, Fortaleza, and suggested 11 things to do there.

Fortaleza, Brazil


February was a very cold and dark month here in Munich, but W, Enzzo and I escaped for a weekend to the stunning Bayerischer Wald and stayed at the amazing Landromantik Hotel Oswald. There we had a very relaxing weekend with delicious food.

Landromantik Hotel Oswald

Also in February, I introduced here on the blog my monthly reviews, which are published every last Friday of the month. Among them are restaurants and accommodations, some paid by myself, others sponsored, but nonetheless with my honest opinion.


March was one of the few months that I spent entirely at home, but when I posted one of the most read posts of the blog: 9 reasons why I hated living in Geneva. Who knew? Apparently I’ve been helping a lot of people with this one, but also making some of them mad at me, sorry, it was just my experience.


The first week of the month was Easter and I finally made it to one of the places on the top of my bucket list: Copenhagen. Denmark was my country number 30, it was also when I had my first Airbnb experience, and I couldn’t help but compare Hotels x Airbnb.


Many of you might have noticed that exactly during my trip to Copenhagen Packing my Suitcase was migrated from WordPress to self hosting, it was a big and very important step for me and the blog. Speaking of the blog, on 21st of April Packing my Suitcase had its first anniversary, and on the celebration post I got so many positive feedback from you, it really made me happy and gave me motivation to continue.


On the first days of May, W and I went on a diving trip to Sharm-El-Sheikh, in Egypt. It was an unforgettable trip in many ways, not only because it’s where I celebrated my birthday, but also because I went diving on 2 of the most famous dive sites in the world, the stunning Yolanda Reef and the famous shipwreck Thistlegorm. It was also when I did my dive number 50!

Diving in Egypt

Yes, May was a very special month, and after Egypt, we had a weekend getaway in Tuscany, and I tell you, I completely fell in love with this stunning Italian region, especially with San Gimignano. It was a short weekend, but it left us craving for more, so we really hope to come back sometime.



June was mostly spent at home, but in one of its weekends I went to Austria especially for the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Spielberg. It was amazing and it certainly is one of the best circuits I have been so far. It is only a few hours away from Munich, the ticket prices are great for Europea standards and I really hope to go back one of these years.

Spielberg Ring, Formula 1 Grand Prix


The first days of the month took me to Paris, after almost 2 years since my last visit to the French capital. There I celebrated 3 years of being married to a German and had a very special photo shoot with the lovely and talented Minh Ha Nguyen, photos which are now the official ones you see on my profile here on the blog.

After this trip I gave you some tips to save money while in Paris, suggested 8 amazing spots to view the city from above and 20 things worth doing there, and reviewed the lovely restaurant Le Coupe-chou.

Eiffel Tower, Paris


I spent August enjoying one of the hottest summer ever registered here in Munich. Sitting by the Isar river, having breakfast on a terrace, trying to keep Enzzo cool, trying out new restaurants and cafes, and drinking some Spritz to refresh.

Isar river, Munich
Isar River

September & October

At the end of September I went once again to my home country, Brazil, for 3 weeks. This time I went to one of my favourite cities, São Paulo – yeah, call me crazy – then I went to Fortaleza, explored some beaches around and then went to Natal, all to spend some time with my family and friends. During this time my traveling dog stayed once again at the lovely dog hotel Hundepension Maier.

São Paulo, Brazil at night
São Paulo at night

On my way back to Germany I had one of the longest traveling times in my life, a total of 36 hours, which included 2 connections, 3 flights and I got to spend 10 hours in Madrid. When I finally arrived at home, I was very happy to see how Munich looked amazing during this autumn, and it inspired me to show you in pictures the 4 seasons of the year in Munich.



Exactly one week after returning from Brazil – yeah, call me crazy again – I went to London to attend the World Travel Market, and of course, to explore the city a little bit. Last time I was in town I was 18 years old, so it was great to return after almost 10 years, I guess it was about time!

While in London I got to stay in one of the apartments of Marlin Apartments, which had a stunning view to the Shard, and at the Blakemore Hyde Park Hotel in the lovely Bayswater neighborhood. I also managed to go up the London Eye and not cry – instead I focused on the champagne.

Big ben, London


It was great to catch my breath and recover my body – I was very sick while in London – before December and the Christmas Markets season here in Munich. I had enough time to feel better and travel once again, this time I went hiking in Austria, in a mountain near Innsbruck. The place was stunning and we got to stay at a mountain cabin – a first time for Enzzo and I. We had great fun, but 2 days were not enough, though all the hiking left us really tired.

Austrian mountains

Also in December, I finally made it to Nuremberg’s Christmas Markets, one of the oldest and largest in Germany, and got to enjoy a traditional Bavarian breakfast in partnership with With Locals, a very cool way to get in touch with the local culture.

The year is still not over – even though it’s already the 30th – so while this post is being published, I’m flying on a plane to Egypt once again. This time we are going to Hamata, south of Marsa Alam for another diving trip. This place is still secluded and it’s supposed to be a dream for divers, with very rich marine life. Will I finally see a dolphin while diving?

There will be another first in this trip, I will finally visit a big Egyptian city – so far I only went to coastal towns – and together with Memphis Tours, W and I will take a day trip to Luxor. Anyone has been there before?

And as I was writing this post, great news came up: Packing my Suitcase was recommended by Checkin, Trivago’s blog, as one of the top 16 travel blogs to watch in 2016. What an honour to be mentioned among such amazing people!

Friends along the way

It was no doubt an unforgettable year and I have met some wonderful people along the way. I had the opportunity to meet a few bloggers in person after knowing each other only online, and I would love to give them a shout:

It was a pleasure meeting you all in person, and I hope that in 2016 I will meet many more of the bloggers I only know online.

Thinking ahead

As 2016 knocks on our doors, we need to be ready when it enters, which means, it’s time to think ahead and make some plans to put in practice. In order to do that, I need the help of each one of you who follows the blog and you who is occasionally stopping by.

How? Let me know below which topics you expect to read more here on the blog in 2016, you can either pick up to 2 of the described below or suggest one yourself, also if you like to specify something, feel free to do it. Don’t worry; the voting is anonymous so I won’t know who suggested what. Your opinion really matters to me, and I promise to try to make your wishes come true:


Thank you all for the support and a Happy New Year!


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.

  • Happy new year my lovely – it’s great looking back at all your trips on 2015! I am so glad to have met you in person too – and I promise next time will be when I come to Munich! Hope you are having a wonderful time in Egypt! I am very jealous

    • Thank you sooo much dear Ting!! It was sooo great to meet you in person, I can’t wait to see you again and maybe spend more time together! I really hope you come to Munich soon 😀
      We just arrived in Egypt and are veery tired haha tomorrow we will start diving 😀
      I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!! Hugs!!

  • Thank you Lucy!! Yes, Copenhagen is such a lovely city!
    I was a pleasure meeting you at the WTM!! I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and lots of travels in 2016 🙂

  • hahaha it’s pretty awesome to travel with him. Next year there will be some road trips so I will take him along!
    Awwn I hope you guys get a puppy someday!!
    You are most welcome, I loved meeting you and hope we will see each other again somewhere in the world 😀
    Happy New Year!

  • Heey Rachel, thank you for stopping by!
    Yess, it was so great to meet so many of them throughout the year, there are still many more too meet in person 🙂
    I wish you a Happy New Year!

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Looks like you will be welcoming the new year with the fishes 😉 Wishing you a very Happy New Year! May you have more travel adventures in 2016…Cheers!

    • Thank you so much dear Kat!!
      Happy New Year! I also wish you lots of amazing travels in 2016 😀

  • Wow, what a travel-packed year! I am hoping to get out a bit more in this coming year, so your Euro-trip recaps are always good for new ideas!

    • It was an amazing year! Yours too 😀
      It was awesome to meet you in person, I hope we can see each other again!
      Happy New Year!

  • Places People Stories

    So many great moments and travels you had this year. 🙂 It has been so much fun following all of them, and I look forward to follow them also next year. Hope then I will be on the lost over bloggers you met 😉
    Happy new year, and all the best <3

    • Awwwwn how are you dear? I need to catch up with you very bad.
      Thank you so much for being in touch in 2015. I really hope that in 2016 we can meet in person 😀
      Happy New Year, and all the best to you too!

  • Europe Diaries

    Fantastic year! Wish you all the very best for 2016!!

  • Thank you so much dear! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your family 😀
    Happy New Year!

  • It was a wonderful year!! Thank you so much. I’m also very happy that we found each other in 2015!
    Maybe we will meet in 2016, that would be awesome!
    Happy 2016 😀 I wish you lots of trips and adventures!

  • Awwwwn Vlad, I really hope this year we can finally meet in person, really! It’s about time!
    Thank you so much for everything! I wish you a wonderful 2016, with lots and lots of travels 😀

  • Thank you dear! It was indeed a wonderful year 😀
    Thank you so much for the wishes, I also wish you a wonderful 2016…and many special trips to you!!

  • It was soooo nice to meet you in person Ayla!! I hope we do get to meet again in 2016.
    I’m waiting for you in Munich, it would be awesome to show you around, I even know where to take you for some cocktails 🙂
    I wish you an amazing 2016, filled with even more cool trips!!

  • Thank you so much dear!! Well, you can never get enough of Tuscany, so get back there and visit San Gimignano sometime!! I’m sure you will love it!
    Happy New Year to you too. I wish you many many amazing travels around the world!

  • Thank you dear!! 😀 Happy New Year to you!!
    I hope you get to visit Brazil sometime, if you do let me know so I can give you some insider’s tips 😀

  • Thank you so much Christine! Happy New Year to you and your family!
    I will make sure to write more about Munich in 2016. Ohhh you should definitely write that post, you will be surprise with the feedback!!

  • Thank you dear!! It was a wonderful year, so many things happened!!
    I wish you a wonderful 2016 with even more trips and adventures!! 😀

  • Thank you Marta!! I hope you do meet some bloggers in person, it is such a great feeling to put a face on the words you often read 😀
    Thank you also for you opinion, it means a lot to know what you expect to read here on the blog! I will do my best to make your wishes come true!!

  • I have to say that I enjoyed very much writing this post, it is really so nice to go back in time and see all that happened throughout the year. I also loved “meeting you” because of Monday Escapes, maybe one of these days we will meet in person 😀
    Happy 2016!!

  • Thank you so much Jess!! I also wish you lots of travels for you in 2016! 🙂

  • Thank you dear!! Happy to know what interests you!
    Happy to have found your blog in 2015!! 😀

  • Thank you dear!!
    Happy New Year 🙂

  • Thank you Cathy!!!
    I know right? I would have loved to meet you in person in London!! I hope next time we do 🙂
    I wish you a wonderful year of travels ahead!!

  • Thank you dear!!! Ohhh I wish very much I could return to Canada soon, I would love that!!
    Ohh so you also had bad luck being sick in London 🙁 sorry to know that! Next time I hope it will be better for us 🙂
    I hope we can meet someday, in Europe or Canada!!

  • Thank you dear!! Yes, it has been a lot of work with the blog, but the results are starting to show 😀
    Yes, I was very sick in London, but I still got to enjoy the last 2 or 3 days when I was feeling better. I hate being sick when traveling!
    Happy New Year to you, I wish you many travels in 2016!

  • Thank you Stephanie!! Fingers crossed you will make it to Copenhagen this year, it is such a pretty town!! 😀
    Happy New Year!

  • Thank you so much dear!!
    I wish you many many travels in 2016!

  • I love doing that too… above all it brings back great memories 😀

  • Thank you dear!! Happy 2016, wishing you lots of travels!

  • Thank you so much dear!! I am also enjoying reading your stories 😀
    I wish you many trips in 2016!!

  • Thank you dear!!
    You have to, San Gimignano is amazing! I want to go back there! 😀

  • Thank you dear!! I have also enjoyed following your adventures, it was great discovering you on #MondayEscapes too 😀
    I wish you lots of adventures in 2016!

  • Thank you Natasha!!
    These mountains are really amazing, I hope you get to hike them someday!
    I wish you many travels in 2016!

  • It was sooo nice to meet so many bloggers in person, I hope in 2016 I can do the same 😀

  • It was an amazing and busy year indeed, crazy too 😀
    I hope you get to visit many wonderful places in 2016!!

  • Thank you Elaine. Have you been diving in Egypt before? I love diving there 😀
    Happy travels to you too!

  • Thank you Laura!
    Happy travels 😀

  • It is, I love looking back in time and remember the adventures 😀
    I think last year was a bit crazy, probably this year will be more calm hahaha
    Happy travels to you!

  • Thank you dear!! I wish you many wonderful travels in 2016 😀

  • Thank you Elizabeth!
    I wish you many many travels in 2016 😀

  • Thank you dear!! 😀
    Ohh so you also like Formula 1? That’s awesome!
    Well, you know that in many circuits kids under 6 don’t pay right? Which I find great because the tickets a pretty expensive.
    I hope you get to go with your son sometime, I’m sure he will love it 😀

  • haha yes, a busy year!! Thank you dear 😀

  • hahahaha 😀
    Don’t worry, you can still take them sometime!
    The rules differ from circuit to circuit, some allow up to 10 year old, other up to 5 or 6. When you check that when you are buying the tickets 😀