I’m not a morning person – it takes quite an effort to haul myself out of bed on most mornings. Everything changes though when I travel. Getting up early to catch a flight or to go on a tour, or simply to see the sunrise suddenly becomes effortless. I guess it’s the excitement that travel invokes; the chance to experience something new or to witness a unique moment of beauty. I didn’t have any problems waking up after a few hours’ sleep just to see the sunrise in Alaska on the longest day of the year, or getting up at 5am for a river safari in the jungles of Borneo, or scrambling out of my tent to go hot-air ballooning over the Wadi Rum desert at dawn. It’s amazing what travel can do to a person; it certainly motivates me to get out of bed and appreciate the beauty of a sunrise.

Photos of sunrise around the world

I’ve taken more pictures of sunsets but my collection of sunrise pictures is surprisingly varied, well, considering I’m not a morning person. Without further ado, here’s my modest pictorial tribute to the sunrise. Enjoy!

Sunrise over Wadi Rum, Jordan

Read about my hot-air balloon ride over Wadi Rum at dawn.

The peaks of the Austrian Alps bathed in pink at sunrise
Sunrise seen from the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain

Read about seeing the sun rise from the Zugspitze.

Sunrise at the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Malaysia

Read about my Kinabatangan River safari.

Sunrise in southeast Alaska on the longest day of the year

Read about my experiences in Alaska.

Overwater bungalows in Bora Bora at dawn

Read about my trip to Bora Bora.

The El Tatio geysers in northern Chile (at an altitude of 5,000m) at sunrise

Read about things to do in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

The San Francisco church in Salta, Argentina at dawn

Read about things to see in Salta.

Sunrise and morning mist in the Ulu Temburong jungles of Brunei on the island of Borneo.

Read about my jungle adventure in Brunei.


11 Responses

  • These pictures are so beautiful. I’m the same, I have a huge collection of sunset photos but I can rarely drag myself out of best for sunrise. These pics prove that it is definitely worth the effort!

  • My favorite is the image from Zugspitze. Just love that one Keith! Well done. Beautiful set of images that make me restless to get out there and travel again.

  • I’m exactly de same. I stay as long as I can in bed at home (I sometimes even work from my bed because I’m too lazy – especially during the winter!) but when I travel, I love to get up early! Thanks for the amazing pics!

  • Hahaha! Great to hear from you Vera Marie. 🙂 I bet you have spectacular sunrises & sunsets in Tucson – somehow, they’re always spectacular in desert regions.


  • Yawn! That’s not boredom because you’re photos are an eye-opener. That’s just me trying to get up. In Tucson we have spectacular sunrises nearly every morning (I hear.)

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