Finding My Happy Place

I don’t think it’s any secret that I love the beach and the sun!  I grew up in the Middle East, on a small island where the sea was usually visible whilst going about your normal routine and the sun shone… a lot! In fact, going to the beach was a part of our normal routine and a regular occurrence and if we weren’t at the beach, we were at the pool.

Water was a constant in my life until we moved back to the UK.  We were no longer near the coast and a trip to the beach was definitely not a regular thing.

I very much miss being by the sea, the openness, the feeling of space, the feeling of peace and calm.  Being landlocked can feel so very claustrophobic at times.

Which is why I love visiting anywhere that I can finally look out to sea.  I instantly relax and can breathe deeply.  And of course it helps if the sun is also shining.

These are my happy places.

I am always drawn to the picture perfect, white sand, blue sea vistas, honestly, could anything be more beautiful than that? I am always on the hunt for that ultimate beach that will take my breath away.  But equally a rugged coastline also brings a smile to my face. The drama of the sea and rocks colliding, provide a captivating panorama which is hard to draw your eyes away from.

These are just a few of the places in the world that I have found have made me feel happy, calm and instantly uplifted as soon as I set my eyes on them!

Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia – picture perfect!  The beauty of this place blew me away.


Son Saura, Menorca – Caribbean seas in the Mediterrean!


Seaford, UK – no sand, but a spectacular pebble beach instead!


Cala En Porter, Menorca – the water here is just mesmerising!


Durdle Door, UK – plenty of beautiful rugged scenery in this area!


Lulworth Cove, UK


Bar Beach, Australia – stunning, just stunning!


Koh Thmei, Cambodia –  the ultimate in seclusion!


Kimmeridge Bay, UK – feeling very atmospheric in the gloomy autumnal weather!


Near Durdle Door, UK


And finally, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia….again, just because I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was!


Posted as part of the weekly photo challenge – Place in the World

33 thoughts on “Finding My Happy Place

  1. A great post, and like you, I also love the sea. I live on a yacht in Greece over the summer so we are on the water all the time. I chose a similar idea to you for this photo challenge and I’ve posted pictures of our boat in a Greece on my blog too.

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    1. Thank you very much! How wonderful to live on the sea…and in Greece, it’s so beautiful there! I have had a look at some of your photos, your yacht looks fantastic! I look forward to reading more 🙂

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  2. That Cambodian beach is totally beautiful. I’ve never been to the Far East, but I’d love to. I’m not good with being landlocked either. Fine for short intervals, but inevitably I want to be back beside the sea. 🙂 🙂

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  3. I definitely agree with loving to visit anywhere by the sea! I didn’t even grow up near the sea, but I never feel as a calm and peaceful as I do listening to waves on a sandy beach somewhere. It makes you feel like you’re on the edge of the world 🙂

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    1. I’m not alone hooray! Yes, I am in the same boat 🙂 I was a baby when we moved to Bahrain and then I came back to the UK when I was 10. A long time ago but it instilled a love of warm, sunny climates in me – I don’t think it ever goes away does it! I haven’t really written about it yet, although I think I will eventually.

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        1. Really?? We do have similar stories! Yes, you’ve hit the nail on the head, it’s home but not home! It’s a strange feeling to experience but seems it is common amongst us ‘third culture kids’. Have you managed to revisit your childhood home much? I’ve only been back once, but would like to go back again one day!

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          1. Aah that’s lovely! I hope you make it back there one day, it would be great to revisit the memories and catch up with your family too! I’d like to take my partner so he can see where I grew up… Although I’m sure it’s very different now.

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