The View from the Window Seat

The View from the Window Seat

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Everyone gives the window seat of a plane a bad rep. Not as much room, cramped between another passenger and the wall, with the inability to stretch your legs into the aisle. Getting out of your seat for a bathroom break or mid-flight stroll is a pain as well. However, unlike most people I know, I absoltuely love the unwanted window seat. Works out for my husband, because then he gets his beloved aisle seat… Unless it’s a three seater and one of us is in the middle. Shit out of luck there!
Dominican Republic

Every time this happens I beg and beg him (like there’s no tomorrow) to sit in the middle seat so I could take over the window seat. Since this usually doesn’t happen, (see my post on what i learned during the first year of marriage), i wind up sitting in the middle with a pouty face.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Why does the the window seat mean all that much to me? A seats a seat, right? No, not in my case. It means I get to see stunning cloud formations, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and wild precipitation if we’re not totally above the clouds just yet. I also get to see the entire universe before my eyes. It’s like I’m in heaven, literally, just not staying there for the long haul.You can frequently see me with my head propped upside down against my window (looking up) searching for constellations and bright stars. You would probably think I’m crazy (as I probably do look rather crazy), but I urge you to try it if youre at all fascinated by astronomy. And you don’t mind getting some weird looks. It really is a remarkable sight.

Swiss Alps
It also means I get to view our final destination from a birds eye view as the flight is coming to an end and were descending. Its kind of like getting my own private (and FREE!) helicopter ride! Not the same thing exactly, but helicopters are hardly ever never in the budget, so this is a much cheaper alternative. Seeing the land beneath you come to life is a sight not to be missed. At first all you see is the differentiation between the water and land, and then those large blobs start becoming lakes and areas of land, and eventually buildings and roads, and then teeny tiny cars and other signs of movement.
So while others are holding their ears, complaining of sickness, how uncomfortable they are, and how bad the food is (unless you’re willing to pay for first class), I’m doing my thing enjoying the world from thousands of feet up. The sky is ever changing so no flight is ever the same.
New York, New York

I’ve asked some of my travel blogging friends to share some of their favorite shots taken from the window of their airplane. I received a wide range of shots, some instagrams, some from DSLR’s, but all fascinating landscapes and unbelievable sunrises and sunsets.

Greek Islands


1. Flying in the world’s smallest plane going from Maui to the Big Island

Motion sickness for me, photography for my husband Ryan! Check out Vanessa’s site TurnipSeed Travel, and find her on Twitter and Facebook.

2. Winter Sunrise Over the Canadian Rockies.

Check out Euvie’s Twitter and Facebook.

3. Here is a picture just as the plane took off from Tortola, BVI.

The island in the picture is Marina Cay.  Check out Jessica’s site Suitcases and Sippy Cups, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

4. Rice fields on landing into Guilin airport, China.

Check out Sarah’s site The Further Adventures of Bennett, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

5. Flying into Maui, Hawaii.

Check out Megan’s site Where in the World is Megan Claire, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

6. “We were flying over some of the Fijian islands in a tiny plane.”

Going from Viti Levu to Taveuni, Fiji.  Check out Meagan’s site Life Outside of Texas, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

7. Taken from the sky, shows Phuket Thailand.

Check out Mary’s site Calculated Traveller, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

7. I loved our view from the plane when we were flying into Guatemala.  

We passed so many volcanoes, including an active one – it was spectacular!  Check out Dani and Jess’s site The Globetrottergirls, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

8. This photo is of Diamondhead on Oahu.

Check out Kimmy’s site AfterGlobe, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

9. Taken on a flight from Manila to Boracay in the Philippines.

Check out Coleman’s site Life Waits for No One, and follow him on Facebook.


10. Over looking the Amazon River.

Check out Nicole’s site Suitcase Stories, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

11. The sunrise as we were coming into Rio de Janeiro.

Check out Nicole’s site Suitcase Stories, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

12. Taken on the plane from LAX to JFK in route to Brussels last summer. 

Check out Sofie’s site Wonderful Wanderings, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

13. A flight from Denver to Ft. Lauderdale, so somewhere over the middle of the US.

Check out Jenna’s site Wander the Map, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

14. Taken on the way back from Prague, to Oslo.

We landed around 11:40pm and the sun was just starting to set. Check out Lew’s site Planet Lew, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

And last but not least, although not taken from the window seat of an airplane… (but it still counts)!

13. Heading from Chongqing (China) to Lhasa (the capital city of Tibet). 

I spent two days on the train mainly sitting at the window and admiring the scenery.  Check out Agness’s site eTramping, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Do you enjoy the window seat?  
Where have you taken some incredible shots?
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  • Agness says:

    Wow, this is a super cool collection of photos, truly amazing. The views from the plane are simply breath-taking. I'm so happy you published my photo as well. It brings back great memories from Tibet :).

  • eemusings says:

    Totally with you on this. Window seat all the day.

  • Absolutely the window seat. Not negotiable. I love just leaning on the window and staring out at the world going by, watching country borders and new cities. When I'm flying over Australia, I imagine friends in different parts of the country as we go over various towns.
    Great post and photos, thanks very much.

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