Room with a view

Nature, sunrises, sunsets, ocean… these are all the things we look for in a view when we travel.

Sad thing is I usually don’t have a decent view. I travel cheap and far, which usually results being near something beautiful but without a room with a beautiful view. That being said, I’ve been travelling since 2008 (minus 1.5 years in NZ) so in that time there has been a few stunning views….

This is part of a travel blog linkup, with once again an amazing idea to encourage me to go through all my folders of photographs over the years to find suitable shots. Please excuse the quality, for various reasons, most of these were shot on my snapshot camera, because I wanted to enjoy the moment rather than hauling out my big SLR.

Room 1: Koh Samui, Thailand

Imagine a little doll-like hut with a path of less than a minute leading down to a stunning white sand beach. This was where I was sort-of staying back in 2010 at the very start of my O.E. (I couldn’t really take photographs in the hospital I ended up in, so this was the one evening I had with a pretty view there).

My hut in Koh Samui, Thailand

My hut in Koh Samui, Thailand

Path of huts in Koh Samui, Thailand

Path of huts in Koh Samui, Thailand

Beach with the path lead in Koh Samui, Thailand

Beach with the path lead in Koh Samui, Thailand

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Room 2: Cappadocia, Turkey

Imagine waking up in a cave, opening your curtains and wandering out onto the balcony… then you see beautiful blue skies behind a fairy chimney valley of mountains and hot air balloons floating in and out of your scene.

Cappadocia, Turkey view of Hot Air Balloons

Cappadocia, Turkey view of Hot Air Balloons

Although, it has to be said – it was an even better view from inside one of the hot air balloons in the sky of Cappadocia!

Cappadocia, Turkey Hot Air Balloons (view from inside one)

Cappadocia, Turkey Hot Air Balloons (view from inside one)

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Room 3: Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Baboons jumping around, water buffalos breathing heavily behind the tent, the odd roar of a lion, birds tweeting away, this ‘room’ had a view of pure nature in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya.

One of my favourite views came without a hot shower and four solid walls. It was my first night camping since I was a child, but one of the happiest. Surrounded by tall trees with a lake nearby and animals all around.

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

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Room 4: Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda was an incredible view for my hut in Uganda. Just imagine sitting on the balcony of this hut, with the sounds of nature all around and looking out at the lake. Peace and quiet.

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

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Room 5: Tromso, Norway

After hiking (and falling) up a very snowy path in Tromso, Norway to the hotel I was staying in, I was pleased to see that the night view from my room out the window was a stunner. This photograph probably doesn’t do it justice, but in a chilly winter darkness, the city came alive with lights around the port and the unique pointed cathedral in the distance.

It was a pretty setting to base myself from to go Northern Light hunting!

Night view of Tromso, Norway

Night view of Tromso, Norway

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Room 6: Santorini, Greece

This time around I actually can’t believe my luck of scoring such a stunning room with a view. I don’t think its possible to get a bad sunrise or sunset in Greece and besides the power lines, this was a view that was hard to compete with.

Santorini, room with a view

Santorini, room with a view

Room with a view 7: Mykonos

Again, I somehow scored an amazing room with a view over another stunning Greek island: Mykonos. Yet again, the sunsets could never disappoint.

View over Mykonos, Greece

View over Mykonos, Greece

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So those are my favourite rooms with a view that I’ve had over the last few years.

Which is your favourite?

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