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from short trips to traveling the world & living abroad

Window or Aisle Seat?

According to some sources, whether you prefer a window or an aisle seat says a lot about your personality…

But, this article is not about the psychology behind your favorite seat. I just want to show you, in pictures, how great a window seat can be. And not just on a flight!

Why I Will Always Get A Window Seat, on Any Type of Transport

I love traveling. And by traveling in this case I mean actually moving from place to place.

I love flying despite the long hours at boring airports. Once I get onto the plane, sit down in my window seat and watch the world get smaller as the plane takes off, I feel happy. Excited to be able to travel somewhere again.

But I love all means of transport really. It gets you places and from my window seat I have seen some amazing sights.

I have spent hours and hours on trains, on boats and on overcrowded buses taking me to unknown destinations. And although the journey wasn’t always comfortable, the sights were often spectacular and the destinations a new adventure.

These Are 30 Pictures & 30 Short Snippets of My Many Travel Stories, Giving You 30 Reasons to Always Go for a Seat with a View

1. Ocean View: Flying from Suriname to Aruba, Caribbean

Why you should always get a windon seat - Flying from Suriname to Aruba, Caribbean

This picture doesn’t do it justice…

A small plane took me from lush, tropical Suriname to the beautiful Caribbean island of Aruba. An incredible flight and I couldn’t have imagined missing out on this view if I wouldn’t have had a window seat! 

 

2. Train View: Scenic Journey from a Hill Station in India

train in India

Trains in India are well known for offering some unique views.

From the painful to watch poverty in slums along the train tracks to bustling cities and some absolutely stunning nature.

After more than 15 years of traveling the world, India is still one of the most unique places I have ever visited!

Interested in traveling to India? Also Read:

 

3. A Window Seat Not to Miss: On a Seaplane Flight in the Maldives

Sea Plane flight Maldives

This is without a doubt my most memorable flights ever: my first seaplane flights in the Maldives.

Flying so low, over all these incredible atolls… It is unique and indescribably beautiful!

If you are you thinking about traveling to the Maldives, check out:

 

4. A Different View of Brazil: Sailing Along Brazil’s Amazing Coast

Brazil boat trip - Spend Life Traveling

It really isn’t all about getting a window seat on a flight.

I will always try to get a seat with a great view on any type of transport, and definitely on a boat when you are in a place as beautiful as Brazil!

 

5. Urban View: Flying to Miami, Florida

Flight Miami view

This was my first flight to the USA and probably one of my first flights outside of Europe.

Seeing such a sprawling city, an almost endless number of beautiful looking houses… It made me so excited to be able to explore a new part of the world!

Are you thinking about visiting Miami? Also read: Miami, Florida: The Ultimate Travel Guide

 

6. Car View: A Beautiful Sunset as We Left Barcelona, Spain

sunset outside of Barcelona

Even when I was young and my parents used to drive us to France for our summer holidays I remember loving looking out of the window to admire the scenery.

And I still do. I love road trips and all the different sights you get to see.

Also Read: Interview with an expat about life in Barcelona

 

7. A Stormy View: A Short Stop on the Island of St. Maarten Before Flying on to Curacao in the Caribbean

Airport of St. Maarten, waiting to fly on to Curacao

Ok, the weather can’t always be perfect and neither will the view.

But, I was still happy to have a window seat and catch a glimpse of St Maarten, an island I once called home…

Want to know more about St. Maarten? Check out: Things to do in St. Maarten & St. Martin

 

8. View From a Rickshaw in India

seat with a view: rickshaw in India

I lived in India for a few months several years ago. So rickshaws became my standard mode of transport.

The things I have seen from rickshaws and the conversations I have had with rickshaw drivers… As I said before, India is Unique1

Also Read: Insider tips for what to see & do in Delhi

 

9. Taking a Tiny Airplane from St. Maarten to St. Barts (St. Barthelemy)

Flight from St. Maarten to St. Barts

If you love impressive views of islands, I can highly recommend flying in the Caribbean!

This short flight from St Maarten to St Barts in a tiny plane was incredible! We flew so low that we had an amazing view throughout the enitre flight.

 

10. Flying over Greenland on My Way to Sunny California

why you should get a window seat

This was an unexpectedly beautiful view!

On my way to sunny California I didn’t expect to get to see snow!

Are you thinking about traveling to California? Check out my articles about California

 

11. The Best Window Seat: A Flying Lesson in a Cessna

flying a cessna

I love flying!

A friend gifted me a flying lesson in the Netherlands. Such a great experience. Hopefully one day I’ll have the time and money for more flying lessons…

 

12. Unspoiled View: Exploring Bigi Pan Nature Reserve in Suriname by Boat

Exploring Suriname by boat

I’m not sure what I love more: being in the air or on the water…

Exploring a place from the water instead of from land gives you such a different view of it. Therefore, when I travel somewhere new I’ll often see if there is some sort of boat trip I can do.

This boat trip on the rivers of Suriname, one of the least touristy countries I have been to, ended by me fishing for crabs with a few locals… Such a great day!

 

13. Sailing Around Oman: Perfect Seat to Keep an Eye on the Captain…

Oman by boat - Spend Life Traveling

Did I mention I Iove boats? 😉

And this boat trip came with a delicious lunch, a refreshing swim and a view of a large pod of dolphins!

Also Read: Ever Thought About Sailing Around the World? These are 7 Ways to Make it Happen!

 

14. View Through Cracked Glass: My Window Seat on a Train in Sri Lanka

Why get a window seat - famous train ride in Sri Lanka

The famous train ride from Kandy to Ella (Sri Lanka)

Long before Instagram made the train ride from Kandy to Ella famous I found myself on this old train as the only tourist enjoying this incredible view.

Window seats on trains are definitely the way to go!

Interested in visiting Sri Lanka? Read all the articles I have written about Sri Lanka here.

 

15. Lake View: An Amazing Airboat Ride

airboat ride in the Everglades

I once had a long layover in Orlando. And instead of visiting one of the theme parks I decided to go to the Everglades to do an airboat ride and spot some alligators.

Such a great experience and definitely a seat with a view!

If you are thinking about visiting Florida, check out my articles about Florida.

 

16. Do They All Want a Window Seat?? Island Hopping in Greece

Taking a ferry in Greece

This was one crowded ferry ride!

But, I can highly recommend island hopping in Greece; both for the view along the way and for the beautiful islands.

Also Read: 5 Hidden Gems You Should Visit in Greece

 

17. A Very Unique Seat: Paragliding!

 

This is definitely both the most terrifying and the most incredible ‘seat with a view’ I have ever had!

I did a one week paragliding course in the south of Spain and at the end of it they decided I was ready to fly off a VERY high mountain on my own… It was terrifying but also incredible!

Sorry for the swearing in the video… I really was that scared!

 

18. Window Seat on the Bus: Driving Through the Desert in Israel

window seat on a bus

I traveled to Israel for a volunteer project. And although that was on the coast, I had some time to explore the country, including a part of the desert.

 

19. Professional View: Spending a Day on a Catamaran in Mauritius as Research Staff

sailing in Mauritius

This is one of the most memorable projects I have ever done. In Mauritius I volunteered with a local organization that monitored the dolphin population.

For us that meant being out on a boat every day enjoying incredible views, seeing hundreds of dolphins every day and swimming with them!

If you are considering a trip to Mauritius, definitely read about my experience volunteering here!

 

20. Driver’s Seat View: Driving Through the Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Driving part of the North Coast 500 route

Scotland is perfect for road trips.

I once spent a summer working at a B&B in the Highlands and used all my free time to explore the country. By car, by bicycle, and by kayak… Scotland is beautiful.

 

21. Romantic View: Watching an Amazing Sunset from a Boat in Aruba

Watching the sunset in Aruba

Some of the best sunsets I have ever seen were in Aruba!

 

22. Luxury View: Exploring the Maldives by Boat

Maldives by boat

What to say about the Maldives…

I lived in the Maldives for almost a year. It might sound strange but life here wasn’t easy. With a lot of political instability and a very strict, Islamic law, it was the biggest culture shock I have ever had.

But, in contrast, our days off were spent at idyllic resorts, on luxury yachts and scuba diving at some of the best dive sites I have ever seen!

If you want to know more about the Maldives, check out:

 

23. Overcrowded Train View: One Overcrowded Train Passing the Other in India

overcrowded train in India

Did I mention yet that India has left an impression? 😉

Read all my articles about India here.

24. Tropical View: Gazing at Klein Bonaire, a Tiny, Beautiful Island That’s Part of Bonaire, Caribbean

ferry to Klein Bonaire, Caribbean

I took a short scuba diving trip to Bonaire while I was living in Aruba.

Bonaire is a cute, quiet island and the views are probably best from the water.

If you love scuba diving Bonaire is a great destination! Check out this list of the best dive sites in Bonaire.

 

25. Sydney Harbour Bridge View: On a Ferry in Sydney, Australia

Ferry in Sydney Australia

A world famous view…

Are you visiting Sydney or thinking about moving to Sydney? Then check out: 10 Things Not to Miss in Sydney and Interview with an Expat About Living in Sydney

 

26. Vulcano View: On a Bus to Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

vulcano by lago atitlan

I went on my first big solo trip when I was 17. I went to Guatemala for six weeks.

Especially because I was so young and such an inexperienced traveler, this trip left a lasting impression. I remember sitting on this bus, cramped in a small seat, looking out of the window at this incredible view. I felt happy, free and as if I had the world at my feet…

If you want to know more about this incredible country, read: Guatemala: 5 Places Not to Miss

 

27. Table Mountain View: Heading Back from Robben Island to Cape Town, South Africa

from Robben Island to Cape Town

Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

After an very interesting but also a very intense visit there, clearing my head on this ferry ride with this incredible view was exactly what I needed!

 

28. View From a Hot Air Balloon

view from a hot air balloon

If you love incredible views, go on a hot air balloon ride!

This was a beautiful hot air balloon ride at sunrise just outside of Barcelona, Spain.

 

29. Relaxing View: An Afternoon on a Catamaran in Aruba, Caribbean

catamaran in Aruba, Caribbean

Did I mention I LOVE being on the water? 🙂

And the Caribbean is definitely a great place for it!

 

30. View from the Cockpit: Flight in the Bahamas

flying over the Bahamas

Yes, out of all the window seats you can get, the co-pilot’s seat is definitely the best one!

Here I was flying to Andros island, one of the least touristy islands of the Bahamas, to spend a month living on a remote beach for a volunteer project

Window or Aisle Seat

Yes, I know there are a few reasons why some people prefer aisle seats. The annoyance of having to wake up your neighbor to get out of your window seat is definitely one of them.

But come on, you’d be missing out on these incredible views!

 

No matter where you go or what you do, try to enjoy the ride… and the view!

Why You Should Always Get a Window Seat and Enjoy the View!

Author: Sanne Wesselman
A traveler, wanderer, digital nomad, and entrepreneur. Owner of marketing company A to Z Marketing.
I spend most of my time living and working abroad and use this website to share "the good, the bad and the ugly" of traveling and living abroad. Visit the About Me page for more info.