My Travel Year in Instagram Photos for 2014

My Travel Year in Instagram Photos for 2014

It’s the end of the year, which means a time of reflection. I’ve always believed that travel isn’t just about the places I go, but the people I meet along the way. And throughout these past twelve months, I’ve encountered and befriended many inspiring and wonderful people, who have helped make this exceptional travel year even more special. Truly, I have much in which to be grateful.

In 2014, very little time was spent in my beloved Texas. I visited seven states, eleven countries, and four continents. I had several repeat destinations, including five trips to Paris and two trips each to Bordeaux, Switzerland, Brazil, Colorado, and San Francisco. By the middle of March, I’d already accumulated 42,196 air miles, so I figure I am close to 100,000 miles for the year. I just can’t be bothered to add all that up. However, here are a few more of my 2014 travel-related stats:

23 different airports
44 flight legs
11 trains
2 buses
6 ski resorts
4 apartments
55 hotels

Given all the miles I’ve covered in 2014, I’m glad to have an ample amount of photos to help jog my memory. A creature of habit, my photographic eye tends to gravitate toward the same themes. It’s the same song, different verse, if you will.{See 2013’s recap} Thus, here are some of my favorite travel photos from my 2014 Instagram stream.

 Agua

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” –Leonardo da Vinci

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The English Channel as seen from Mont Saint-Michel in France

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A river runs through Megeve, France

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Private pool and the Pacific at Imanta Resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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End of the day on Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A look at Lake Geneva from Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues

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A water highway in Venice, Italy

Food

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”–Mark Twain

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Apple strudel in Innsbruck, Austria

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 Empanadas in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Fruit salesman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sweet bread in Salzburg, Austria

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Apple tree in Normandy, France

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Black truffles in St. Moritz, Switzerland

Forest for the Trees

“Trees are earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”–Rabindranath Tagore

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Cook pine tree in Lana’i, Hawaii

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Shoe tree in Nevada, USA

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A Sunday afternoon in Tuileries Garden in Paris, France

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Behind the Palace of Versailles in France

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Trees surround Lake Austin at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas

Rise and Fall

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.”–Horace Mann

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Sunset in Florence, Italy

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Texas Hill Country Sunset

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Sunrise on the Hawaiian Island of Lānaʻi near Four Seaons Mānele Bay

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Mexican sunset at Four Seasons Punta Mita

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Sunrise at Hotel Vernet in Paris, France

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Sunset in Rome, Italy

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Sunset in Salzberg, Austria

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Sunset in St. Moritz, Switzerland

Monumental

“Monuments are for the living, not the dead.” –Frank Wedekind

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The famous La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Mont Saint-Michel in France

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Night falls on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

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Arches and angles at the Louvre in Paris, France

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Basking in the glow on the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

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The iconic Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

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Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France

Elevation

“This mountain, the arched back of the earth risen before us, it made me feel humble, like a beggar, just lucky to be here at all, even briefly.” –Bridget Asher

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Aspen, Colorado

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Davos, Switzerland

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Million Dollar Highway in Colorado

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Summer in Chamonix, France

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Zermatt, Switzerland

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Langkawi, Malaysia

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St. Anton, Austria

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Zermatt, Switzerland

The Iron Lady

“I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” ― Gustave Eiffel

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 Animals

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ― Anatole France

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Lipizzan horse in Vienna, Austria

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Macaw in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horseback riding in Lānaʻi, Hawaii

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One of the many cats of La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Goat in the Tuileries Garden in Paris, France

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Spider spinning a web in Normandy, France

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One of the many dogs of Lagoa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Lizard in Tuscany, Italy

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Grazing horse in Santa Fe, Texas

 Raise a Glass

“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.”–F.Scott Fitzgerald

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Cucumber margarita at Imanta Resort in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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Pure class in a glass at Four Seasons George V in Paris, France

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Caipirinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Champagne at Hotel Vernet in Paris, France

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 Big Wave brew with a view at Four Seaons Mānele Bay on Lānaʻi, Hawaii

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Tropics meets the mountains in Megeve, France

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 Mojito magic at Four Seasons Langkawi in Malaysia

Now it’s time to look forward to 2015. I’ve got big things brewing on the travel front. Plus, I never know what’s going to pop up. Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for my real-time travel updates. And please leave your Instagram name and let me know what your 2015 travel plans are in the comments.

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