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My travels in 2014

2014 was a year of change for me, as I started a new job and life became a bit more structured. While on one hand this was great news, it also sadly meant a reduction in holiday time. So we made the decision to explore more of the UK and use our annual leave for one big holiday abroad in the summer.

It was great to do some more travelling close to home. It’s something I always used to say I’d do, but I always seemed to get tempted by more far-flung places – maybe the sunshine had something to do with it!

But having the chance to travel more in the UK was a great experience. This year we saw the Tour de France in Yorkshire and watched the races at Ascot. We ate dinner with strangers in Reading and went up the Shard in London.

Looking forward to a bird's eye view

Looking forward to a bird’s eye view

I discovered the canals in Birmingham, saw some shows at Brighton Festival and climbed Sugar Loaf Mountain in Wales.

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Wales

Feeling on top of the world

We explored markets and museums and ate in lots and lots of cafes!

Heidi's Scarborough

Food, glorious food!

However the highlight of our year was our roadtrip through America. It’s the first time I’ve done a long trip in a car (I usually use public transport) but I loved the freedom of being able to plan our route each day and stop off whenever we felt like it. Our roadtrip took us 1,408 miles/2,266km through four states. We managed to only eat in independent diners and stay in independent motels, including a pretty cool wigwam.

Our home for the night

Our home for the night


We trekked in the Grand Canyon, boiled in temperatures of 53C/128F in Death Valley and fell in love with San Francisco.

San Francisco

Flying pages in San Francisco

But best of all, Mr A asked me to marry him in Yosemite!

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The proposal!

2014 was definitely a year to remember – bring on 2015!