What is it about sunsets that make you feel philosophical? I love exploring the world but I believe the best thing about travelling is watching the sun go down from another side of the world. I'm forever chasing a life-affirming sunset. My sister mocks me for the way I chase that perfect sunset. She says that the sun sets the same no matter where you are on an island. I disagree. It's hard to explain how sunsets make me feel. Every sunset is different and every sunset tells its own story about the day. And every sunset looks different depending on where you are viewing it from. I have so many photographs of sunsets but I have managed to narrow down my top 5.
1. Cornwall, UK
The beaches will surprise you. You'll scratch your head and wonder if you're in the UK or abroad. But even more pleasing to the eye are the sunsets on the beach.
2. Sark Island, Channel Islands
Guernsey is a secret location of mine but I'm going to share it with you. Guernsey is not part of the UK so you need your passport to travel here and it is a tax-haven for the rich and famous so a weekend here can be very expensive. However, you have to trust me on this - you must give this place a chance. It has a couple of islands nearby for you to do some island-hopping too, such as Sark and Herm.
3. Phuket, Thailand
I am probably not the first person to tell you that Thailand's sunsets by the beach are stunning! But for me, there's more to Thailand. I have been to Thailand twice and I am someone who doesn't like to travel to the same place again so that should tell you something about my love for Thailand. After going through a tough time in my life, this was the place where I found myself. This was the place where I realised I had healed and fell in love again. I know it's cliche but I can't express enough how life-affirming this sunset was on this particular day.
It doesn't matter where you are in Iceland, on a good day, the sunsets will blow your mind. I could never say this enough times. If you're a photography enthusiast, do yourself a favour and put this country on your bucket list.
5. Rio, Brazil
This city is more than just a party city. There is so much history and culture in Rio. I love the mix of people, from black to white. A Brazilian official once told me that anyone can Brazilian. You can look Chinese, you can look European, you can look African, you can look Japanese and so for that reason, the Brazilian passport is very much sought-after. Anyway, if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Rio, take a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain at sunset. Thank me later for this tip.
If you have seen a spectacular sunset, why don't you share it with us in the comments? We'd love to see your photographs.