Asia Destinations Travel

Not at her desk in 2014… so where?

My 2014 long-haul travel destinations

Not at her desk in 2014. Well… where do I start? Firstly I did not expect last year that I will get a chance to go to Asia twice this year. Nepal, and my solo travel plans were on the cards very early on in the year but my second trip was a bit more unexpected. A seed was planted by my friend. To be fair with you she did not need a lot of time to convince me that it was a great idea. Going to Hong Kong and later joining her to travel to Southern China and visiting our mutual friend along the way? I was in!

Secondly it took some saving, planning and preparations but it was worth it and it turned out to be an incredible year. So out with the dresses and shoes that I do not actually need and in with breathable t-shirts for hiking and other bits and pieces for trekking and backpacking!

Nepal

Kathmandu

A dusty capital of Nepal with amazing temples, stupas and captivating everyday spirituality.

Sadhus at the Pashupatinath Temple

Sadhus at the Pashupatinath Temple

The Swayambhunath stupa

The Swayambhunath stupa

Pokhara

The lakeside gem with stunning views of the Himalayas. Pokhara has a relaxed atmosphere and the streets full of trekkers with stories to tell.

Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake

Sunset over Pokhara

Sunset over Pokhara

Annapurna Region

A very special and beautiful place that I had a chance to admire when trekking the Himalayas. It was definitely one of my highlights this year.

Dhaulagiri

Dhaulagiri

Last day in the Himalayas

Last day in the Himalayas

Hong Kong

A place buzzing with high energy and full of strong contrasts. Throw into it its outlying islands with remote areas suitable for hiking and some relaxation and I was completely sold on it.

ICC Tower in West Kowloon

ICC Tower in West Kowloon

Neon lights in Kowloon

Neon lights in Kowloon

Macau

This place was my biggest surprise when it comes to 2014 trips. It did not expect that that I would enjoy Macau so much like I did. Admiring Portuguese culture on the coast of China was a fantastic experience.

Ruins of Saint Paul's Cathedral

Ruins of Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Saint Dominic's Church

Saint Dominic’s Church

China

Zhaoqing

A small and judging by Chinese standards a very small city with a charming Seven Star Crags Park. A perfect place to rest when backpacking in China.

Seven Star Crags Park

Seven Star Crags Park

Haikou

A tropical spot satisfying anyone who wants to wear shorts, flip flops and chill. Oh, and does not mind a warm rain from time to time! It is China tough so nothing is easy so even chilling takes some thinking and planning.

Haikou in the rain

Haikou in the rain

As I decided to give Instagram a try, please check out my pictures and follow – NOT AT HER DESK.

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