7 Examples of a Home Office with a View

  September 3, 2014 blogging tips 🕑 6 minutes read
Sunrise from the home office, Opotiki, New Zealand

Sunrise from the home office, Opotiki, New Zealand


Do you want to see a real home office with a view?


I have enjoyed a few eye-popping locations during my 11 years of circling the globe.


Spending years in the tropics treated me to a few stunning home office views.


Here are 7 of my favorites.


Lodtunduh Bali


Lodtunduh, Bali.

Lodtunduh, Bali.


Ubud, Bali 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.


Savusavu Fiji


Savusavu, Fiji.

Savusavu, Fiji.


My current location of Savusavu, Fiji 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:


  • Coconuts
  • Pineapple
  • Passion fruit
  • Papaya
  • 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


Koh Lanta, Thailand.

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.


Cusco Peru


Cusco, Peru.

Cusco, Peru.


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, Costa Rica.

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

Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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, Thailand.

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.


Your Turn


What does your home office view look like?


Please share links pointing to your view below.

  1. Vernon says:
    at 12:00 pm

    While my normal home office is just a normal suburban home, I have blogged in sandstorms, from a boat, on canoeing tours and while camping in areas with Africa’s megafauna.

    But, admittedly, yours are way more interesting. And beautiful. My favorite is Lodtunduh, Bali, just from the pics, though they all look so green and lush. We’re in the middle of the late dry season in Namibia, so we have hazy skies and everything is bone dry. So just seeing green, even online, is so nice on the eyes.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:52 pm

      Hi Vernon, I feel you have me trumped buddy. Having a home office/blogging in camping areas around some or all of the Big 5 is just amazing. You truly live and work in paradise. Thanks so much for reading and sharing.

      • Vernon says:
        at 6:39 pm

        Oh, you know, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence (or planet).

        Except that your grass really is much greener than ours. Especially now in the peak of the dry season here. 🙂

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 1:14 am

        Yep Vernon, even though it’s been really dry here it’s nothing like Namibia in peak dry season 😉

  2. Stacey Corrin says:
    at 2:13 pm

    Crikey Ryan, my home office is a chair in the living room while three children create havoc around me. My dream however is to be the one creating havoc with my kids. Without the dream in mind, it would be so much harder to work through!

    Of all your home office snaps, Lodtunduh has to be the one that appeals to me the most. Perhaps because it’s such a stark contrast to my current view! I’m a huge advocate of mindfulness so I can see that spot being the perfect tonic for a stress-free mind.

    Can’t wait to see where you end up next!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:42 pm

      Haha Stacey, I love that view too. Being at home with 3 kids raising a rukus must be so fun, and flat out enjoyable. I’m happy you’re big on mindfulness; meditating, being present and focusing on your surroundings does wonders for our peace of mind. Thanks so much Stacey.

  3. kelli says:
    at 4:49 pm

    Hey Ryan
    Looking back at these different spots brings back so many great memories..can’t wait for us to return to Bali. You are so right about people trying to sell the dream and not just the practical tips. Of course, that is an important piece of the puzzle. But, we need to feel that emotion, we need to connect with what we want, and why we are doing this. Without it, it just all falls apart. Super-inspiring as always!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:16 am

      Hi Kelli, Oh yes, we’re waiting for Bali Boreh, for sure. Those emotions are the factors that drive readers to buy in. Keep selling the dream and more folks will buy in. Thanks so much.

  4. Brittany Bullen says:
    at 10:45 pm

    What fantastic views, Ryan! You really are living a dream.

    I’d love to show you the view from my kitchen table. That’s my favorite office view, for sure! My house borders on an arboretum, we live right next to a park, and today I sat out on my deck with my boys just staring at the trees and all the flowers that the city planted as if they were just for me. There’s also a big tall clock out there that makes me think of the one in the Narnia books. Ahh… home is paradise to me.

    You’re so right– we have to think of the ends we’re trying to help people accomplish. My goal is to help other moms who are home with kids feel like they can still use their amazing intelligence and skills to create something that has real value. That makes me excited!

    Thanks for inspiring me, as always.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:14 am

      Wow Brittany that sounds beautiful. Make sure to share your view in one of your future posts, OK? Amen on that; selling the dream and inspiring our audience are 2 biggies. Thanks so much.

  5. metz says:
    at 12:36 am

    WOW! Nice pictures Ryan! Love all the stunning home office views! I love Chiang Mai Thailand, the sun looks very beautiful, Cusco Peru is wonderful! The background view is stunning, while Koh Lanta Thailand is pretty and relaxing if you want to get soaked after working, and lastly, that 40,000 feet above Fiji is just wonderful! Haha! I Love that!

    Thanks for sharing these pictures with us Ryan. Traveling gave us a experiences in life and could lift our energy to work better.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:11 am

      Metz, I’m so happy to share. Each was so fun to snap, and I dug working from these home offices, for sure. Thanks so much.

  6. Carol Amato says:
    at 1:29 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Awesome share – thanks! I love the pictures of Peru and Thailand, but I think Fiji is my favorite place of all the ones you’ve shared.

    For us, Sicily is a gorgeous place to visit and to live… When we go back to live in about a year or so, will be traveling more. I want to go to Greece too, which is not too far.

    Thailand is beautiful and my nephew is there now teaching for a year, and he was challenged greatly when first arriving – hard to adjust, I suppose. He was surprised at the school systems, how they have 60 kids in a class to one teacher – he is getting used to it and doing well now, bless his heart.

    Thanks for sharing your stunning photos and a bit about each one – lovely!

    Have a good evening.
    – Carol 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:39 am

      Hi Carol, Sicily is so beautiful from what I’ve heard. My friend Giuseppe is half-Sicilian. He grew up in the States but I recall him visiting once as a kid. Yep, Peru and Thailand were awesome spots. Yes I recall your nephew teaching in Thailand; Chiang Mai if I remember….fun spot. Thanks so much.

  7. Kate says:
    at 3:23 am

    Hi, Ryan!
    I love amazing post! All of these home office views are incredible. I know all of them are great, I’d really love Savusavu, Fiji. That’s why you have there most of your inspiration. Awesome!
    My home office view is sitting in an armachair in the living room and thinking over the things how to live my dream like you did with your dreams. I love what you are doing. That’s what I am going to move. I guess soon I will change my home office view too. But not like island hopping 🙂
    Thanks, Ryan! Awesome views!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:37 am

      Hi Kate, Wow, awesome. Keep on dreaming big. Keep on taking those steps. Keep on, keeping on. Fiji has been such a blessing to visit. I’ll post more images soon. Thanks so much.

      • Kate says:
        at 6:48 am

        Thanks, Ryan! I will be glad to view more awesome pictures from Fiji. I hope I will come there soon!

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 5:55 pm

        Awesome Kate 🙂

  8. Dhiraj Das says:
    at 8:39 am

    Amazing stuff Ryan!

    The images are spectacular. Though I have been working full time on my own projects now, didn’t have the privilege work this kind of beautiful places as of now…Hoping to start soon

  9. Reginald says:
    at 8:43 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Man, you really make me jealous! I want to be like you! My Internet lifestyle … would probably start in the next few years.

    I might just land in Scotland or somewhere :p

    Love your videos by the way! Keep it up man. You worked hard to achieve what you have now. So, enjoy it man!

    You deserve it big time.

  10. Dennis Seymour says:
    at 4:19 am

    Now Ryan…stop making me jealous already or I will be forced to boycott this blog! 😀

    You just made me miss Ubud. Damn that was a nice place, I think they have their new roads now, too so that makes everything easier.

    You have to try out Boracay in the Philippines before it gets too crowded.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:41 am

      Hi Dennis, Man that’s awesome you noted Boracay; I’ve been dreaming of going there soon. Maybe some time in the next year because I’ve heard it’s absolute gorgeous. Thanks much.

      • Dennis says:
        at 11:05 pm

        You have to try out the sand. 🙂 Get moving before those casinos get built fully. LOL

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 4:01 am

        Oh yes will do, and I know they’re on the way lol….

  11. Shameem says:
    at 8:06 am

    Hey Ryan

    Interesting share you have done about home office the place you’re choosing are need to be traveled once in our life time.keep rocking…

  12. Brent says:
    at 7:46 am

    I love Chiang Mai too, but if someone asked for my favorite my answer would be Barcelona. 🙂

  13. Linda Bibb says:
    at 6:40 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    My office at the moment is on the living room sofa at my father-in-law’s Florida apartment. I seem to usually be working within earshot of a Pirates or Steelers game these days. 🙂

    We’ve been living and traveling overseas since 2010, and while it’s nice to be back in the US for a while, we’re looking forward to traveling again. The hard part is deciding where to go. The world is our oyster, and you’re right, that’s the dream we need to tell our readers about.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:21 am

      Hi Linda, Your set up sounds so similar to mine when we return to the US. We live with Kelli’s mom and my home office is her room. It’s fun for a bit but like you said, we’re always itching to get going after a month or so. Loving your lifestyle, and thanks much for commenting.

  14. Jens-Petter Berget says:
    at 1:03 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Your home office views are certainly better than mine. Well, I’m currently looking at all the new Volvo cars, so I guess that’s stunning as well, but different than yours. I really love nature, and would have really enjoyed looking at what you’ve been experiencing. But, I know that I would have had a hard time working when in paradise. I’d relax and just, well, relax and experience what it’s like to be in paradise. I love to learn about their culture, and I’m not used to hot weather, since I’m from Norway, and when it’s hot I have a hard time not thinking about vacation.

    I’ve been to Koh Lanta, about 20 years ago, and it was awesome.

    I have been working outside, especially while walking, in Norway. And, that’s something I enjoy a lot. I usually either talk on the phone or plan my day, or take some notes. Walking helps me stay focused.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:20 am

      Jens, Norway sounds like paradise to me, and so does checking out some awesome autos, like Volvos. Koh Lanta is amazing, right? So pretty, so pristine, and I know it looked way different 20 years ago. Thanks so much.

  15. Andrew M. Warner says:
    at 1:46 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Right now I’m staring at a bare wall with a couple of calendars on it. A whiteboard and on my desk is a laptop and a couple of copywriting books. Compared to your awesome home office images above, my area STINKS!!!

    You sure do live it up. You know what’s interesting, I remember one time when I went to the beach with my lap top and just chilled there for hours (or at least until the laptop died) I wrote some of the best content I wrote in my life. Something about the environment and the beach and the perception of paradise (on my part) I guess helped.

    Makes me really wonder.

    Loved the Costa Rica and Bali ones. Seems really calming.

    Have a great week.

    – Andrew

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:51 pm

      Come on over to Fiji Andrew, we’d love to meet you here. Or head to CR; not too long from Canada. You’ll find inspiration like you had on the beach. Thanks much.

  16. Sabina @GirlvsGlobe says:
    at 4:18 pm

    What a fun post idea! I’m not location independent yet, but am working toward this… Your article is definitely giving me a very good reason to persevere! 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing. Your office in Bali is INCREDIBLE!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:58 pm

      Hi Sabina, Yep it was a blast to write 😉 Your blog and brand is awesome so it’s just a matter of time before you go location independent. Thanks so much and yep it was such a fab spot in Bali. Chat soon!

  17. Agness says:
    at 3:29 am

    I’ve recently been to Bali so I know what my office looked like there. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Wish I could come back :).

  18. Ben Warner says:
    at 11:34 am

    Great post, enjoying the “office space” you’ve taken up. Fiji looked awesome!

    When I’m on the road I try to carve out some time to write the framework of my blog posts (www.hugepartytravel.com), and then when I get back it’s an easier journey to fill in the details. I’m not sure I’d be willing to get online with some of these views though (and, with a cold beverage in hand).

    Thanks for sharing.


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:39 pm

      Hi Ben, Hahaha Ben, I’ve had the same issue at times. It’s a bit of a challenge but I get the work in. Thanks so much.

  19. Chloe says:
    at 7:28 am

    I have heard a lot about Chiang Mai as being a good place to start being location independent. I would love to be able to achieve this one day through blogging and freelancing work

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:16 pm

      Chloe it’s quite the spot. So much to do in a relatively quiet major city and the cost of living is right. All the best with your journey!

  20. Jason Wiser says:
    at 6:31 am

    Office envy here! I’ve had three office locations, One in Michigan in a storage room when I was getting started, then a converted garage in Flodira that was my favorite. It was only 15 minutes from the gym, the park, and the ocean. And my third is in Europe, and it is all custom.

    I need to use several computers so I can only dream of the beach front portable office, but it is a dream on the horizon for sure.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:06 am

      Jason they all sound like neat offices to me! Especially the custom one in Europe. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  21. Rob says:
    at 1:25 pm

    I also work from home full time, and have a very good view from my office but I wish I could work from a very exotic place some day, like you do.

  22. Paul Segreto says:
    at 8:36 am

    My home office looks out at Lake Woodlands in The Woodlands, TX. Just 25 feet from our small dock I get to see and hear various types of ducks, heron and other birds go about their daily rituals. I also routinely see people kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and once a year, I can see the swimming leg of an Ironman competition.

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