As 2014 draws to a close I encourage everyone to take a look back at 2014 and come up with your own Best Of list.  This year was probably my best year for travel ever: 12 countries with almost half of those being new!

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite experiences and pictures of 2014, in mostly sequential order.  I took just over 13000 pictures in 2014, so I had quite a few to go through, but I’ve condensed it down to my favorites.  Halfway through the year I significantly upgraded my camera and decided to take photography more seriously (hopefully you’ve noticed less overdone HDR pictures), leading to a much better-developed knack for post-processing.  As a result, I decided to go back and completely re-edit my favorites so you get the best possible edition of my favorite pictures!

Easter Island

What a unique place!  And by unique I guess I could say: empty.  Regardless, it’s a bucket list place for many people and is one of the most remote places on earth.  I went on the trip due to a too-cheap airfare from DFW (routing through Mexico City, Lima, and Santiago) (in coach) (ugh), just like the trip to China.

Honestly I want to come back.  The Moai were unique and intriguing and I feel like I could do Easter Island better next time.  It’s a bit out of the way but I’ll probably end up going back sooner than later.  For a great story about me stupidly not looking up the exchange rate before I landed, read my post here.  Otherwise, here are some of my favorite pictures.

a man sitting on a bench with a group of statues in the background

a group of stone statues with Easter Island in the background

And, my favorite two pictures:

a row of statues in front of a sunseta group of stone statues in a grassy field

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