Travelers Share 12 Views From Airplanes That Rocked Their World
If you’re lucky enough to be assigned a window seat, you’ll want to make the most of it. Certain flights may come with more mesmerizing vistas, but the experience of drifting above the clouds is still awe-inspiring.
As for which window sightings are the most wonderful? One online community shares its take below.
“I’ve been fortunate to witness some incredible sunrises,” says one traveler. “But there is one particular flight that felt extra special. I was heading home from six months of studying abroad. The start of this chapter had been a little rocky, but watching the sun rise from behind an ocean of clouds at 30,000 feet felt like the perfect way to end the adventure.” Have you ever caught a glorious sunrise from the air?
2. The Galapagos Islands
The Enchanted Islands, as the Galapagos is often called, is a place to warrant absolute excitement. Indeed, the landscapes here are otherworldly, so catching sight of the archipelago beforehand can feel like you’re about to leave civilization and enter into a prehistoric dream.
3. The Antarctic Coast
Only a tiny handful of people get to experience visiting Antarctica. But these travelers say the same thing. They are consistently blown away by the miles of glaciers and icebergs framing the most pure-blue ocean water they’d ever seen.
4. A Thunderstorm Far Below
While getting caught in a thunderstorm is nobody’s definition of a good time, witnessing it from high above while flying through the air is a cathartic experience.
“It was just fascinating to stare at for quite a while as the plane took a perfectly safe path around it in bright blue daylight,” remembers of woman. “It didn’t look like a destructive force of nature but like a delicate bit of sparkly fluff, putting on a show just for me.”
5. Europe For the First Time
As someone who could never travel overseas until last year, almost everything I saw from the plane’s window was breathtaking. Seeing Europe for the first time from above, however, was awe-inspiring.
Visiting a new continent represents excitement, hope, and a feeling of invincibility, and I hope I can hold onto that feeling for a long time.
6. The Swiss Alps
Sometimes, being in the presence of greatness can be life-changing — Seeing the Swiss Alps for the first time can do precisely that. “The scenery was so breathtaking that it magically made my fear of flights disappear,” one man confesses. “I had had it ever since I was a child, and I overcame it when I was 31. An amazing experience.”
7. Fireworks on the 4th of July
While traveling on Independence Day is not ideal for most people, it does come with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Many people find it hard to describe how magical it is to see fireworks on a 4th of July evening from high above the clouds. It’s a vantage point that most people never enjoy fireworks from in their lives.
8. A Meteor Surprise
One recent business traveler recounts a late-night flight where he was seemingly the only person awake. Lucky for him, he caught a genuinely magical moment. “The cloud cover wasn’t too far below us, and lit by the full moon, it looked like a landscape that went on forever,” he explains.
“I had stared out the window for what seemed like hours, then in an instant, a meteor scribed a perfect arc across the sky, and while that line hung there, it glowed so much more brightly than the luminous clouds. It was so perfect that it felt like time stopped for a moment.” This person has a future as a poet.
9. A Solar Eclipse
Catching a solar eclipse while flying in a plane is exceedingly tricky. First, a traveler must sit in the right seat while timing the eclipse perfectly. Then, if all goes according to plan, the person is greeted by one of the most naturally beautiful sights in the world as darkness gets slowly pulled over the landscape and horizon.
10. The Stars
Forget about a grassy field in the middle of nowhere; having a little luck while flying is the way to experience the billions of stars above! “Years ago, I was on a red-eye, and it was amazing to see all the stars,” reports one woman. “I have yet to visit a place on the Earth itself where one could see so many like that.”
11. The Grand Canyon
Most people only fully grasp how expansive and vast the Grand Canyon is once they fly over it – even travelers who see it on the ground don’t realize how massive it is! Countless people express astonishment when they see the Grand Canyon while flying – the scope is unreal.
12. The Runway
For many travelers who have experienced severe turbulence, the runway is sometimes the most beautiful thing to see after a tumultuous flight. One woman remembers thinking the worst – until she finally saw the ground around the airport. “It was such a beautiful site seeing that runway, grass, and terminal out of the window,” she confesses. “I’ve never been more grateful to be on the ground after a flight.
Incredible Peaks: Here Are the 15 Most Beautiful Mountains in the World
The planet is full of incredible peaks. Each continent hosts its own contenders. Long used as a symbol for challenges and overcomings, these natural wonders are solemn and majestic.
Here are 15 of the world’s most beautiful mountains. You don’t have to be an avid hiker to appreciate their beauty, but are there any you would dare to climb?
15 Bucket List Hot Spots To See the Northern Lights
One of the most enchanting natural phenomena in the Northern Hemisphere is the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. On the proper night, with perfect weather conditions and peak solar activity, you can see the stunning lights that paint the night sky. Here are some of the best places to view the Northern Lights.
Perfect Winter Escapes: 10 Dreamy All-Inclusive Resorts Near Playa del Carmen
With so many options, choosing where to stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, takes a lot of work. Each hotel and resort looks better than the last, and sometimes you’re unsure how to choose.
Here are ten tried and tested, all-inclusive resorts and hotels in and around Playa del Carmen to help make your decision a little easier and your next vacation unforgettable.
Discover The 5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in The Caribbean for Vacation Bliss
To the surprise of many travel critics and trendspotters, all-inclusive resorts are more popular than ever, even among millennial travelers who might be expected to opt for more boutique properties or bespoke travel experiences.
Many of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are doing a better job than ever of offering both seclusion and personalized travel experiences that appeal to even the newest generations of travelers.
Social Media Reveals the 10 Most Picturesque National Parks in America
What’s the point of traveling without capturing the perfect “Insta’ pic?” Scenic destinations such as the Grand Canyon likely come to mind as being the most visited and photographed places, but the national park in the U.S. with the most hashtags per acre is Gateway Arch National Park.
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