10 of the Best Places to Wake Up Early

As of today, I am rolling through Day 13 of my own 30 Day Challenge – Waking up at 4:30AM (#30Days430AM).  In the spirit of early mornings and happy thoughts, I’ve put together a list of 10 places that I would have absolutely no problem waking up early to enjoy.

Motivation to Wake Up Early – 10 of the Best Places to Seize the Day!

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia: Bora Bora is on my bucket list… and probably everyone else’s.  Imagine waking up at the Four Seasons, walking out onto the balcony of your over-water bungalow and breathing in the fresh morning air.  Yup.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Bora Bora


2. Phuket, Thailand: Thailand is another bucket list destination.   After a few hotel web sites, I think I have found a prime spot to lay my head in anticipation of a morning view just like this one.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Thailand


3. Santorini, Greece: There is just something about the blue and white colours of Greece that captures my attention.  Add in a glass of orange juice and a warm cup of coffee… yes, I’d like to wake up here.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Greece Motivation to Wake Up Early - Greece


4. Alaska Cruise: There are few places as untouched as the northern wilderness surrounding Alaska.  One of the best ways to experience this destination is via a Cruise-line.  Spend the money on a balcony suite and you will be enjoying the changing morning views just a couple steps from your bed.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Alaska


5. Rocky Mountains, Canada: I live in Calgary, Alberta, which is situated only an hour and a half from the famous Canadian destination of Banff – situated in the humbling Rocky Mountains.  Seeing as it’s so close, I often find myself driving to work early in the morning and thinking… I’d rather be waking up to one of these mountain views instead.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Canadian Rockies Motivation to Wake Up Early - Canadian Rockies


6. Costa Rica: My wife spent a week in Costa Rica a number of years ago and continues to tell me it was one of the best destinations she has visited.  Now I simply look forward to the day that I can wake up and enjoy the same view that Christina experienced in the photo below.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Costa Rica


7. Algonquin Park, Canada: One of the most incredible trips I have been on was a canoe trip through Algonquin Park, Ontario.  Waking up early is a small price to pay for the experience of cutting through the morning fog on the lake and listening to loons calling across the calm waters.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Algonquin Park



8. Great Barrier Reef, Australia: You wouldn’t think of waking up with your snorkel gear on, but that’s not the point of this morning experience.  From where I live, a flight to Brisbane, Australia is about 20 hours.  That means 20 hours of flight time would be separating me from the daily stresses of the 9-5.  Sure, there are lots of places far from home, but I have always thought a trip to Australia would be a fantastic time to take a few weeks off rather than the standard 1 week vacation.  What an attractive feeling, waking up with the only thought on your mind of what exceptional sights you might find below the water.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Great Barrier Reef


9. New York City, United States: I’ve always wanted to go to New York City and experience the culture, the busyness, and some of the big city luxury.  I suppose one of the best ways to experience it would be to fork out the money and stay in one of the luxury hotels overlooking Central Park. A night at Trump Hotel – Central Park could cost you close to $2K a night depending on the room and view… but why not.  Breakfast in bed with this view before a busy day on my feet would be worth each penny.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - New York


10. Cancun, Mexico:  This is a pretty common tourist spot, but for me it’s a little personal.  I work my 9-5 in an extremely competitive sales role where you have the opportunity to earn a free vacation following years of hard work, long hours, and challenging circumstances.  I took this photo on our final morning in Cancun.  After days of celebration, this particular morning at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa was calm and peaceful.

Motivation to Wake Up Early - Cancun

About Jamie Newman

Husband. Father. Writer. Drummer. Traveler. Home Cook. Recruiter. Sales Professional.