Darn. After publishing my last post I realized something; most of you know me as the Fiji guy. At least through my pictures.
I shared a Cusco, Peru home office picture recently. Sucker got some pop. I’ll share it again below.
Before starting Blogging from Paradise I ran a blog in the shadows. OK, not in the shadows, because I had some success with it but I didn’t pursue much of an outreach campaign.
I’d be willing to say 95% of you haven’t seen my travel pictures outside of Fiji.
Definitely not on my blog.
Because you didn’t follow my old blog. Again, I was a blogger living in a cyber cave during those days, compared to the social, cyber butterfly I am now.
I’ve lived in some of the most beautiful spots on earth. I have the home office photos to prove this, too….and today you’ll get to see them.
I feel grateful, humbled and just so darn happy to share these pictures with you.
I want to take you with me. I want you to join me in paradise, for a week, or 2 weeks, or for 4 years, or for however long you want to spend time in some of the most breathtaking spots on earth.
I’m selling a dream. Sure I share blogging tips to help you prosper but why are you blogging? Everybody wants to live their dream. If you’re living a dream life you may be inspired to reach a bit beyond based on what I’ve done.
5 years ago, my view was Newark Bay, in New Jersey. Now I’m looking out on the bay, in Savusavu, Fiji.
Bloggers, before you post another article sharing practical blogging tips (read Adam Connell’s post on blogging design; it’s gold) think through the dream that you’re selling. If you’re not publishing posts like these here and there you’re missing out. You need to sell a dream to make folks take notice.
You dream of dreams. Of trips around the world, or maybe you dream to retire from your 9-5, so you can work from home, to be with your kids, or maybe you want to live in Fiji for 4 months, like me.
In any case you guys have SO many pictures to catch up on. I’ll be posting a ton of old travel pictures to get you up to speed in December when I return to New Jersey for the holidays.
(Before we dive into the pictures I wanted to stress the importance of automating some online processes. I wouldn’t have worked in these spots unless I used these blog automating tips. Your home office needs some cyber tools, ya know?)
So, without further delay….enjoy 8 of the most stunning home office views in the world….aka….my former and present home offices.
Ubud, Bali (read my friend Ken Kai’s blog, it rocks, and he LIVES in Bali, blessed dude) may be the most beautiful home office we’ve had. Although Fiji may be #1 for its stunning, jaw-dropping, landscape views, in Lodtunduh, Bali we were in seclusion.
Lodtunduh is a village outside of Ubud. We rode for 3 to 4 minutes through the rice fields to reach the villa. This Java Joglo, really was, in the middle of nowhere.
We had rice field views for miles in each direction. Other than the person living in the main villa on the compound the nearest living soul was a good 4 to 5 minute motorbike ride away from us. In just about all directions though there were no humans for miles.
We were blessed with a stunning garden, and the wildlife was awesome too. I was often typing away when I looked up to see a FOOT LONG Tokay Gecko on the ceiling.
Kelli and I saw a 4 foot long monitor lizard in the backyard, toads on the floor, monstrous spiders, brilliant blue Kingfishers and we even saw a snake in the bed room.
Lodtunduh was special. I’d say it was the most stunning home office view I’ve had during my travels.
My current location has the best landscape views of just about anywhere on earth. As for my home office view, it’s breath taking. I’ve seen nothing like it.
The only view close to these mind numbingly dizzying, stunning views were in Nueva Arenal, Costa Rica, but I couldn’t get those CR views from my home office.
We’re sitting on the side of a jungle cliff, some 50 meters above Savusavu Bay. Pan left to see the mighty Pacific Ocean. Pan right to see impressive mountains. Look straight ahead to soak up the crystal clear waters of Savusavu Bay.
The flowers and fruits are amazing too. On the premises we have:
- Passion fruit
- Yellow bananas
- Red bananas
- Bread fruit
I’ve eaten 1 to 2 papaya daily since we’ve been here. We’ve had fresh passion fruit juice every week or so and now we’re into the bananas in a big way.
Here’s a short and relaxing HD video I filmed from the home office here in Savusavu. Switch it to 720 HD for a crystal clear experience. Watch and Enjoy.
Koh Lanta Thailand
Damn. Ranking these spots is tough. Really tough. Koh Lanta ranks right up there with Fiji and Bali.
Kelli and I lived on the bay for a month. The back porch was a dock, as the house was on pillars. During high tide the water rose to about 10 feet.
From the home office we could see a few small kohs in the distance as well as the sweeping mountains on the land side.
The sunrises were amazing. We saw more colors during Koh Lanta sunrises than in any spot we’ve visited.
Koh Lanta was a gem. Monitor lizards – 5 feet and longer – big old cockroaches, elephant scorpions – about 6 inches long – and all types of snakes lived around the home office spot at one time or another. Oh yeah, we also saw cute, and oh so primitive, mud skippers in Lanta, and we made best buddies with our soi dog friend Biscuit.
Pak Nam Pran Thailand
Pak Nam Pran was a charming, off the beaten path shore town on the Gulf of Thailand. This was far from a tourist spot.
Actually, PNP is a shore town for the well-heeled Bangkok crowd. We saw 4 Lamborghinis on the beach strip one time in town.
Anyway, the home office view was a pretty farm field to our front and a few large mountains in the distance.
Pak Nam Pran was also home to Penny and Bebe, 2 of our bestest soi dog friends on earth.
The Andes were majestic in Cusco, Peru. The home office view was something else.
I had to walk up 4 flights of stairs to reach my apartment. Not a big deal in most spots, but did I note that Cusco is 2 miles above sea level?
I had no terrible side effects consistent with altitude sickness but I did feel winded after climbing up the stairs each day.
This is also the scene of my infamous coked-out episode.
As for the view, imagine crystal clear, blue skies and one of the largest mountain ranges in the world surrounding you, 365 degrees around your field of view. I watched huge birds of pretty soaring through the air and took in a few absolutely riveting sunsets too.
Nueva Arenal Costa Rica
Nueva Arenal was created by a volcano. Seriously. After a huge eruption much of the surrounding area was wiped out. A lake was built, I mean, a HUGE lake, was engineered and Nueva Arenal sprouted up alongside the lake.
This quiet, peaceful community offered me views of the surrounding mountain ranges and I even saw the volcano in the distance.
If I looked to the right and left, all green, all the time.
The town was slow paced. OK, it was downright lazy. But that’s the point in NA.
I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the area although sometimes a large cow or rooster would invade my home office space.
Yes, that happened twice. Or, once a rooster made his way in, and once a cow did the same.
Neither made appointments before barging in.
Monteverde Costa Rica
Kelli and I traveled a mile high to visit the forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica.
We were treated to a home office view of…the forest. The thick, deep jungle was the perfect background for inspiration.
Yep, that was my home office view, above.
We even saw a toucan in Monteverde. No images as he was way too high in the trees.
I would listen to the gurgling brook transform into raging, roaring rapids after vicious thunderstorms would slam through the area.
Kelli and I walked into town daily to pick up some grub, then we’d trudge back to enjoy the serene spot high up in the mountains, in the jungle.
Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai is by far the most urban home office mention on this list but the view is still beautiful.
I’d soak up the sunset each night, seated some 20 feet above the condo swimming pool.
Each sunset over the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai was beautiful.
I traveled solo on this leg of the trip: Kelli was still in NJ for a minute. I recall many peaceful, calm evenings spent watching the sun go down.
The thing about this home office was that the digs were high end. We rented a fully-customized apartment owned by a dude with serious design flair.
60 inch flat screen TV, a fully-customized bathroom with a natural, free-flowing shower head/area, and both the kitchens and bedrooms were decked out.
I observed beauty outside and worked in an environment of luxury, inside.
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