The 15 Best Places I Went in 2015

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Introducing… the best places I went in 2015! I’m so incredibly thankful and humbled by everything that came from two thousand and fifteen. From climbing the ruins of Machu Picchu to my first trip to Canada and everywhere in between, this year has certainly been a huge year of adventures for me and my readers (an enormous thank you to everyone following along and travelling the world with me)! When I first began writing this post I thought I hadn’t done nearly as much travel as I had… but alas! It was quite a year. I visited 20 something countries this year (I counted 23 but have probably missed a few in my jet lagged haze), with each being a fun-filled new adventure. Some travels were solo, some with my boyfriend (a two thousand and fifteen addition), some with friends and one with my little brother. Now for the tough decisions – picking my favourite adventures from 2015!


Machu Picchu, Peru

You can’t go to Machu Picchu and not have a good time…. it is just guaranteed. This incredible ancient city in the Sacred Valley, Peru, is magical and enchanting. The road there is long and windy, but once you arrive it is entirely worth your while to stand on the ruins and see for your self how unbelievable it is. If you’re after a happy snap with no tourists in the background, head up in the late afternoon and give yourself a couple of hours to explore and appreciate life in the clouds. For more tips on Machu Picchu, see Before you Go to Machu Picchu, Here’s 10 things you Must Know.

Nihiwatu Resort

Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesia

It isn’t often that I put resorts on par with cities and towns, but this particular resort really struck a cord for me. I visited Nihiwatu Resort with my boyfriend for his quarter-of-a-century birthday and really couldn’t have had a more romantic trip if we tried. Sumba island has been described as “Bali 30 years ago”, before the influx of tourists and luxury hotels. I really appreciated my time here and am sure this won’t stay a secret for long, so if you’re looking for somewhere EXTRA special, this is it.

Horseshoe bend

Arizona road trip, USA

One of my favourite adventures this year was early on back in April when I managed to meet up with my boyfriend over in the United States (he was travelling there at the same time) for a few days and go on an extremely optimistic Arizona road trip. We planned to drive the entire length of the state near abouts, from Scottsdale (just outside of Phoenix) through to Antelope Canyon, and eventually onwards to Zion National Park in Utah, followed by a couple of nights in Las Vegas. We did all of this in just 4 days and wound up in Los Angeles so that I could catch my flight to Peru. It was a whirlwind to say the least but by far one of my favourite trips. I’d strongly recommend you ditch the big cities in the US and opt for an outdoors escape as there really is so much on offer by way of landscapes and diversity! Absolute highlight from the trip: visiting Horseshoe Bend, Arizona.


Kluane National Park, Canada

Another highlight this year in the Northern hemisphere was my trip to Canada. This was my first trip to Canada (which many of you could not believe it took me so long to get here!!!) and I really had the best time. I made a friend (Hi Miriam!) in Whitehorse who made the experience all the more fun and we had a blast exploring the North West of Canada, aka “The Yukon”, which quickly stole my heart. This flight over Kluane National Park was an absolute highlight. Read More: Highlights from the Yukon.


Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Early in the year I made my way back to South Africa, a country that I have visited a handful of times but never seem to tire of. I’m still as gobsmacked as the first time every time I see a lion and for the life of me cannot compare any other experience in the world with that of the safari! After my time in South Africa I made a short visit over to Zambia and stayed at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, right on the edge of the falls. My highlight from this trip was flying over the falls in a microflight – so scary but so invigorating!



Having previously visited Morocco a few years ago for the first time and only scratching the surface by staying a few nights in Marrakech, I knew I had to one day return to see the rest of the country. Instead of picking just one place or experience that stood out, I think it is only fair and reasonable to say that my whole trip in Morocco was a standout moment for 2015. My itinerary consisted of Fez, Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, almost the Saharan Desert and Essaouria.


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

With the temples of Angkor Wat being named the world’s most visited site, I started to question why I myself had never been. Struggling to provide myself with an answer, I knew that there was no time like the present. So I jumped on a plane bound for Cambodia! This country is amazing and an absolute highlight in Southeast Asia. The temples were also incredible but what I loved most about Cambodia were the people – so warm and so friendly.


The Algarve, Portugal

Earlier in the year I started a hiring a small team of writers to travel the world and write about it for WOW, and later in the year I decided that it was about time we all met up and went on an adventure together. So I sent out some invites, booked all the plane tickets, and before we all knew it we were dressed in our sun dresses (reminiscent of the SATC film) and ready for adventures in Portugal! The highlight of the trip was certainly the Algarve in the south of Portugal, a favourite for both locals and international visitors to Portugal. While we had a week of bliss, I would jump on the next plane bound for Faro if the opportunity presented itself!

marina bay sands singapore


Singapore was one of my first stops this year and I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t particularly excited for this trip before I departed Australia. Having previously visited Singapore once before, I had convinced myself that I had already “been there, seen that, done that”… how wrong I was. The whole theme of my trip to Singapore was to uncover the strangely wonderful side to Singapore beyond the Singapore flier and Marina Bay Sands (pictured). Little did I know there was so much more to Singapore beyond the “must sees” and I really enjoyed this trip more than I could have ever imagined.


The Dead Sea, Israel

One of my very recent trips led me to the Dead Sea and I knew before I departed that this would be a trip to remember for a lifetime. The entire 7 days were packed with different cities and sites to explore, however by far my favourite experience was floating in the dead sea. This has been on my to do list for quite some time and I must say, it did not disappoint! You can visit the Dead Sea from both Israel and Jordan.

fiji go pro


Earlier in the year I went to Fiji and looking back, it seems a lifetime ago! Although it was only a short one week stay, I had such a blast in this gorgeous country full of islands. By far my favourite part of the trip was to enjoy all of the water sports on offer, trying everything from SUP to kayaking, jetskis, boats and even snorkelling (despite a mild fear of the ocean).

California Coast

Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

Another great road trip in the USA this year was one that I tackled solo in a hire car, departing from San Francisco and driving myself all the way down to Los Angeles (aka the Pacific Coast Highway). This was my first time driving by myself on the wrong side of the road, so it took quite a while to warm up to the idea! However it was such a fun trip and the coastline was unforgettable.

Dobby Beach Wales

Wales, United Kingdom

Before I arrived in Wales, many of my English friends were quick to inform me of how “boring” Wales was and how I would be “trapped” in rain and gloomy skies for my week there. How wrong they were! Road tripping through Wales was one of my absolute highlights this year and not for any real reason in particular. I didn’t see anything too spectacular or do anything overly memorable, but I did have the best time switching off and spending time on my own to sift through my thoughts and get a grip on everything. With so many trips and adventures nearly non-stop, it can sometimes be hard to avoid burn out… but I think Wales was exactly what I needed at exactly that point in time!

abu dhabi grand mosque

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

Having been delayed years ago in Abu Dhabi and forced to stay overnight without any time to actually explore the city, I had never looked too fondly on the capital of the UAE (the delay had cut my trip to Moscow down to just one day….not nearly enough time to see the Kremlin!) So when I visited properly for the first time this year, I was eager to see what all the fuss is about. Undeniably the biggest attraction is the Grand Mosque and having now visited, I can see why. The city skyline and Emirates Palace were also highlights, plus a trip to the sand dunes in the desert is a must!



Last but not least, a final hidden gem this year was Oman. I only had a couple of days to explore different parts of the country, but what I did see and experience left a lasting impression. The souks of Muscat, the “Norway of Arabia” (pictured above) and the sand dunes were all trip highlights.


I’d love to hear from you! Where were your favourite places you visited in 2015 and do you have any suggestions for my 2016 itinerary? Let me know in the comments below!

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    January 14, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Wow! Great post – I love your photo of Nihiwatu! How did you manage so many places in 2015 if you don’t mind me asking!? I love travelling but this is pretty impressive 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Lovely places! Love,

    tanya breese
    December 29, 2015 at 2:07 am

    wow, what a great year 2015 was for you!

    December 25, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Ahhhhh I love Wales! I’m actually currently in Chester, just on the Wales border having a holiday from my holiday by spending Christmas with some of my relatives.

    My highlight of this year was Thailand (my new favourite country). But in November I also began my 15 month trip around the world and one of my favourite places so far has been Budapest- absolutely loved the city.

    December 21, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Lucky to visit such wonderful locations 🙂 – I wish I could visit too 🙂

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I didn’t know you’ve been to the Fiji! It must be fabulous down there!!

    December 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I travel quite a lot but it’s nothing compared to you!! Amazing places that you have visited, I have been in some and if I haven’t, they are in my bucket list
    I’d love if you visit my blog:

    Diana Fung
    December 20, 2015 at 3:59 am

    So jealous! I had the opportunity to visit so many places this year and happy to see we coincided in two places this year. My top place in 2015 has to go to Iceland. Can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring.

    Mike Hawtree
    December 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    You’ve obviously had a wonderful year travelling. I may be biased, but you must visit Switzerland next year. It may be a little more expensive than some countries, but it’s well worth it ! And, although the main cities, like Zurich and Geneva, and the ‘big’ resorts, like Verbier and Zermatt are nice, you should try the smaller, more authentic places like my home village of Evolène in the Val d’Hérens. It’s the real Switzerland. You could also try staying in one of the many mountain huts. They are like small hotels, and are invariably placed in the most magical of places.

    December 19, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Seriously those are some amazing trips!

    December 19, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I visited (and lived) in Europe for the first time this year and it was absolutely amazing! Italy was an eye opener for me because it is worlds away from life in Canada, but it is absolutely spectacular. This post inspires me to travel even more next year!

    December 18, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Well I still stick to Europe for now as it is closer and cheaper for me but your article makes me dream! *-*

    December 18, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Highly recommend exploring more of South America, especially Buenos Aires, Argentina. I lived there for 4 months in 2014 and can’t wait to make my way back there in 2016. Also recommend going to Trindad and Tobago for their beautiful beaches and Carnival flair.

    Sarah Davis
    December 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

    So happy to see Oman on the list, I lived there for 7 years growing up and I am desperate to go back and experience the countries full beauty as an adult xx

    December 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I need to go to Arizona!

    December 18, 2015 at 7:18 am

    What incredible places you got to see! I went to the Faroe Islands recently! What a surreal place that was! Definitely recommend it if you are back in Europe!

    Ilor Fleishman
    December 18, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Why did you list country names but didn’t write Israel as the place you visited the dead sea?

    December 18, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Brooke did miss out one spectacular event from her trip to Wales, she learned how to pronounce the longest place name in the world in Welsh 🙂
    Wales is spectacular, beautiful scenery, national parks, an amazing coastline where you’ll find dolphins and orca whales. Cardiff is a Europe’s fastest growing city. It’s a vibrant and diverse city which is forging a reputation as the foodie capital of the UK outside of London. Boring….? I don’t think so. Thanks for visiting Brooke, you’re welcome back anytime

    December 18, 2015 at 4:48 am

    These all look incredible! I am so inspired for my next trip :).

    December 18, 2015 at 3:22 am

    The PCH and Arizona have some of the most panoramic sites. Absolutely breathtaking.

    Rebecca Smith
    December 18, 2015 at 3:12 am

    I lived in wales for 4 years and loved every moment, it’s nation full of amazing places and people. Never listen to us Brits when we say it’s just rainy and boring, most have no idea what they’re missing out on

    December 18, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Wow you’ve been to so many places this year! So nice 🙂 My favorite trips this year were to Paris (first time there), Cozumel island in Mexico, spending a couple of months in Vienna and traveling throughout gorgeous Austria. Going to visit the netherlands soon so maybe that will be on my list also!

    Laura Mareno
    December 18, 2015 at 1:46 am

    I couldn’t agree more with Portugal! It’s so beautiful! And I really want to go to Peru! Great list! kisses:D

    December 18, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I’ve seen some of the places and they are indeed stunning! You had a great year!

    December 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    A nice mix of places – you’re due to visit NZ in 2016 i think 😉 My favourite place this year was visiting New Caledonia in the South Pacific!

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    December 17, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Great trips! How lucky you are! I’ve done Belgium this year:) I loved Bruges!:) And I also did a short weekend at Lake Bled in Slovenia. And French Riviera and Vienna for work. 🙂

    December 17, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Wow awesome places. I should make a list for 2016 from the 15 best places you went in 2015. You didn’t yet visit Kuala Lumpur, Saint Martin Island and World Largest mangrove forest Sundarban in Bangladesh. I suggest you to make a plan for 2016. These are most exciting and adventurous travel destinations ever.

    December 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’d love to have gone to all those places, so jealous! What an amazing mix. I’d love to visit Morocco.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lucy xoxo

    December 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    You went to so much places this year!! So glad that Indonesia’s one of them 🙂

    December 17, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Such an amazing list! So many awesome adventures you inspired me to take a 6 month trip around the world (nearly at the end of it now)! You are going to run out of places to visit soon girl! Haha
    Looking forward to seeing where 2016 takes you! Xo

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    December 17, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I’ll be putting together my favorite places of 2015 later this month, and Morocco is on my list too! It’s so different from most of the other places to which I travel.

    December 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I absolutely loved South America and Peru ! My favourite this year was Vijayawada, India! Such a beautiful culture and the loveliest people! I stayed in the village with the people. Would definitely recommend it 🙂

    December 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Wonderful and inspiring list! I especially love that the Pacific Coast Hwy made your top 15 because that is a bucket list item that is currently at the top of my list due to the fact that I live in the state of CA. Thank you always for the travel inspiration!

    Tina & Adriano
    December 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Visited South Africa for a month this year and it was an unforgettable experience. Did also a few shorter trips to Qatar, Dubai, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Malta. Plans for the beginning of next year Bali, with a trip to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

    December 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I went to Berlin (awesome city), and to Argentina and Uruguay this year! It was my first time in south america and I loved it, highly recommend you visit more countries from SA! I still want to go to Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

    You really inspire me so enjoy travelling!

    December 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Brooke you’ve inspired me to travel so here’s what my 2015 looked like ➡ Thailand, laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, UAE, egypt, jordan, Isreal, greece, China, Malaysia, singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan ….and now currently living in phuket until March before I go back home to Canada I might make a stop in Iceland! I recommend India with a tour group, specifically Agra (taj mahal ) , jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Goa
    Countries on my list : Ecuador, Colombia, puru, Bolivia(salt flats), Brazil, south Africa, Tanzania (zanzibar ), nambia, and most of Europe

    December 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    PCH is my part of the world! So glad you got to enjoy it, it really is unique. And of course, every other part of your journey looks AMAZING! Happy 2016 to you!

    December 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Wow! You certainly got around a lot! I did Macchu Pichu last year and that was certainly a highlight – I did it with out spending any money, too. The whole region is so breath taking.

    December 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    It looks like the most amazing year!! Would love to visit Peru one day soon. I’d love to see Japan on your 2016 itinerary!

    December 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I just left Sri Lanka and have to say it is definitely one of my favourite countries (so far!). I spent nearly 4 weeks there and still have so much left to do!

    December 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I visited Tokyo and Manila this year!

    Kayti Clayton
    December 17, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Indonesia looks like a freaking dream – so beautiful!

    December 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

    You’ve accomplished so much this year!!! How exciting!
    I absolutely cannot wait to go jetsetting next year!
    Thank you for the constant inspiration 🙂

    December 17, 2015 at 8:36 am

    What a wonderful year! So mane places I want to visit on that list, Machu Picchu, the Horseshoe bend, Morocco, Cambodia. Allready been lucky to visit Zambia and Victoria Falls – so beautiful! Looking forward to see what 2016 will bring you.

    Florence Experiences Luxe
    December 17, 2015 at 8:19 am


    I definitely recommend you Japan ! I spent 3 weeks this year and 3 others in 2014 and I love this country ! It is a very different culture, very nice people, a lot of things to visit ! I don’t know if you had visited this country but if it isn’t, you should go !

    December 17, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I’m so glad you liked Wales – It’s one of my favourite places!

    I think my favourite destinations from 2015 were St. Petersburg and Zakynthos. Tomorrow I’m off to Dubai though, and I’m so excited! I have a feeling it’ll make it to the list 😉

    December 17, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Brooke, I just went to Iceland this past weekend, and it was incredible! You MUST visit Iceland in 2016. I’m already planning to return in the summer, as visiting in winter and summer there is a totally different experience.

    December 17, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Morocco was the best place I visited this year! Absolutely loved it! 🙂 Great list!

    December 17, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Wow you’ve had a great year! I’m off to Canada in 2016 with my Dad! Cant wait :):)

    December 17, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Mine were Barcelona (Spain), Athens (Greece) and Sighisoara (Romania).