Grab a window seat and sit back for some of the best in-flight entertainment you could dream of. Yes, these spectacular plane journeys are something everyone should see with their own eyes!
Window seat or aisle? You’ve guessed it. I’m ALWAYS a window seat girl. I don’t care if I need to clamber over people to go to the loo every now and then. I don’t care if I feel a bit jammed in. I just want to look out and get lost in the views.
Whether it’s taking off and leaving somewhere special behind, or that first glimpse of your next destination as you come into land, on a clear day, it’s pure magic.
Just this year I’ve clocked up 33 flights, and some of the views have been totally incredible. Flying to Canada via Iceland took us right over Greenland. I glued my face to the window as I spotted a land covered in a blanket of white, with mini dots of icebergs floating on the water.
Caribbean views are always incredible. Whenever I’ve flown over the small islands, I’ve thought the sparkling turquoise water looked so inviting. If only I could jump out of the window and dive in!
Taking off from Innsbruck in Austria a few months ago felt particularly epic. With snow-capped mountains to the left, lush landscapes and the sprawling towns and villages below, it was such a dramatic view. Add in the super-steep ascent and the dainty propeller whirring at the front, it felt like we were going to touch the caps of the mountains as we jetted off towards Vienna.
Later this month World Routes 2017 is taking place in Barcelona, with over 2,500 people attending from the world’s biggest airlines, airports, tourist boards and more. They’ll be discussing new routes and ways to make the world even more accessible. I never realised just how much planning went into deciding a new route, with airlines having to really do their research into whether there will be enough demand to make it successful.
So after revealing a few of my favourite plane journeys, here are here are a few more that look particularly special. Some I’ve experienced, some I’m still dreaming of!
Island hopping in Hawaii
Earlier this year I visited Hawaii, and split my time between Oahu and The Big Island. The flight between the two was INSANE! Hawaii’s crazy volcanic landscapes already look like something from a sci-fi movie, but add in snow-capped volcano Mauna Kea, with its numerous stargazing observatories glinting in the light, and it’s a whole level more epic. I never realised Hawaii had snow, it’s a place I associated with high temperatures and beaches, so this view was a huge surprise. I also LOVED the views of Diamond Head crater on Oahu. You only see its shape and scale once you’re overhead.
Bright lights of Tokyo
I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that Japan is very high on my bucket list! With Tokyo’s incredible lights, neon signs and busy pace, I’d love to check out the views of the city from the night skies. I think there would be no better way to arrive.
Views of Mount Everest
Several friends and adventurers have mentioned the views from flights over the Himalayas are some of their favourites. If the challenge of climbing Mount Everest seems a little extreme, hop on a scenic flight with Buddha Air or Yeti Airlines. Along with incredible Himalayan peaks you can also spot lakes and glaciers – the photos look incredible!
Seaplanes in the Maldives
While landing in Male is already very special (a friend said it looked like the island was made up of tiny Lego pieces!) the onwards journey to smaller islands is thought to be even more spectacular. Once up in the air you’ll see the small rings of beaches and greenery that make up the 1000+ islands. The colours really pop out from that height too!
Epic mountain-scapes in Geneva
To get to Zermatt in the Swiss Alps earlier this year we flew to Geneva. The descent over the Alps there was so beautiful, with peak after peak coming into view. The snow looked so powdery below too!
Capturing the Southern Lights from the Antarctic
This is no ordinary flight! In April this year, Air New Zealand packed a bunch of photographers onto a flight from Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island to the Antarctic circle. They captured the Southern Lights up close – and what an incredible sight it was! I’ve heard it was such a success they might do it next year too – book me a ticket please!
Views of Table Mountain in Cape Town
South Africa is high on my bucket list, and it seems like the adventure begins as you make your descent to Cape Town. Depending on the approach, you may have views straight over to Table Mountain – WOW!
Icy flights to Greenland
I’ve mentioned the amazing views I spotted of Greenland when I flew to Canada, but my partner was lucky enough to visit Greenland last year. He wrote all about his incredible experience here. The flight he took from Kangerlussuaq to Greenland’s capital Nuuk looks amazing, particularly as he was able to capture the pilot’s view after being invited into the cockpit.
Flying from Santiago to the Atacama Desert in Chile
This is one of my favourites yet! Taking around 2 hours, the flight from Chile’s capital Santiago to Calama takes you over the Andes Mountains. I was glued to the window as snowy, jagged peaks with blue lagoons merged with the dry, arid desert.
Flying over Helsinki’s archipelago
Last summer I was lucky enough to take a flight in a 4-seater Cessna over Helsinki in Finland. Ok my heart and stomach were in my mouth for the duration, but the views were absolutely mind-blowing. It’s only when you take to the skies you see how unique Helsinki is, with a scattering of islands covered in forest, and SO much water all around.
Snapping the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset from the skies over San Francisco
I left San Francisco just as the sun was starting to set and felt so lucky to have this perfect view of the Bay and bridges. There are only a handful of cities you can recognise from one piece of architecture, and San Fran is definitely one of them.
Had no idea that my flight back with @flynorwegian from San Fran would take me right over the city at sunset. I may have travelled a lot over the past year, but my trip with @trekamerica has reminded me why I travel, why it's important to see the world, and how fun the whole thing is! Thanks to a winning bunch who came on #iTrekHere @little_magpie1 @laurbubble @helenanderz @maddie_bruce @maffewchip @intrepidescape @josieldn! Let's go back?! #VisitCalifornia
Flying over the River Thames in London
Nothing puts a smile on my face like returning to London Heathrow with the pilot following the course of the River Thames from east to west! Passing over The O2 Arena, spotting the towers at Canary Wharf, then over Tower Bridge, The London Eye and the Houses of Parliament is so incredible, I often find I get goose bumps as I take it all in! The buildings look like doll’s house versions and nothing says ‘I’m home’ like that view.
If you’re a fan of jet-setting like me, don’t forget to check out World Routes 2017 which is taking place in Barcelona from 23rd – 26th September. Find out all about the event at routesonline.com.
This post was sponsored by the lovely organisers of World Routes but as always, all opinions and content is my own!
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