It’s those magical moments that keep you going when you’ve been on the road a long time.
For us, sunsets, and to a lesser extent sunrises (as we struggle to get up for them) remind us of why we are travelling and what is so special about experiencing new places.
It’s that feeling of being out there, somewhere, anywhere, and being witness to something truly spectacular. No two sunsets or sunrises are the same – the world keeps turning, and you realise how completely minuscule you are in the great scheme of things – but for that piece of time, it’s yours to treasure.
I had lost track of how many great sunsets we have seen during our RTW Trip, so it was nice looking back through our travel photo collection and reminiscing about particular times and places.
Ever heard the saying “Red sky at night is a shepherd’s delight”…? Well red certainly makes for a dramatic sky. But it’s not all about the red – sunsets and sunrises are just as eye catching with varying hues of yellow, gold, orange, pink and even purple.
We’ve been known to take over 100 shots in the space of an hour as the light and colour is ever-changing! So we thought we’d share our very best with you.
Here is a selection of our favourites from around the world…
‘Cool Pinks & Greys’ – Noppharat Thara Beach, Ao Nang, Thailand.
‘Reflected Skies’ – Ever-changing at Noppharat Thara Beach, Ao Nang, Thailand.
‘Same, Same, But Different’ – Noppharat Thara Beach, Ao Nang, Thailand.
‘Family Fun’ – Klong Dao Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.
‘Paddling Under The Sun’ – Ban Tai Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand.
‘Peeking Over The Misty Mountain’ at Jinsuo Pass – Climbing Mount Hua, Shaanxi Province, China.
‘Cool Pink Calm’ – In Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia.
‘Surfer’s Sunset’ – Half Moon Bay, The Big Sur Coastal Road, California, USA.
‘The Dusk Settles’ – Marfells Beach, Marlborough, New Zealand. Picture perfect campsite spot!
‘Bathed in Glory’ – The Grand Canyon at sunset, USA.
‘Pretty In Pink’ – Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand.
‘As The Sun Goes Down, Pub Street Comes To Life’ – Siem Reap, Cambodia.
‘Sinking Sun’ – From Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang, Laos.
‘Asian Dreams’ – Paris Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
‘Catching The Sun’ – Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
‘Yellows & Golds’ – Half Moon Bay, The Big Sur Coastal Road, California, USA.
‘Golden Glory’ – Los Padres National Forest Campground overlooking the beach, California, USA.
‘Gentle Orange’ – Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
‘Sailing Into The Sunset’ – Klong Dao Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand.
‘Orange Haze’ – Francis Beach, The Big Sur Coastal Road, California, USA.
‘Fiery Skies’ – Arches National Park, Utah, USA.
‘Spectacular Red’ – Sokha Beach, our final night in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
‘Bright & Beautiful’ – What a welcome! Our first night in El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines.
‘Perfect Purples’ – Looking up from the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.
‘Land Of The Rising Sun’ – Kelimutu National Park, Flores, Indonesia.
‘Glorious Good Morning’ – Kelimutu National Park, Flores, Indonesia.
‘Rays Of Light’ – Ballina Beach Village, Australia.
‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ – Sun rise over the mighty Mississippi River, Iowa, USA.
‘Rumbling Under The Sun’ – Mount Bromo spews and splutters, Java, Indonesia.
‘Sun Streaks Through’ – Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia.
Light Revelations’ – Mount Merapi in all its glory, Kaliurang, Java, Indonesia.
(On our next trip, I think we definitely need to get up for more sunrises!)
Where in the world have you seen a spectacular sunset or stunning sunrise?