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10 sunrise ideas to start the day with a smile

10 sunrise ideas to start the day with a smile

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The challenge: start the day early and greet the sunrise in one of these amazing ways!

If you’re fed up with boring mornings, here are 10 ways to make the start of the day a small celebration (I’ve tried most of them many times, while some are still on my list):

Sunrise date

Wake up at 4 am and drive to a beautiful sunrise spot – it could be a seashore, a cityscape or any kind of scenic spot you and your soulmate enjoy. Watch the new day dawning on a blanket and then take a nap. Of course, you can do the same with your best friend.

Sunrise in a balloon

It’s not something you can do every day, but for an extra special morning you can’t go past a sunrise flight in a hot air balloon.

Sunrise surfing

Grabbing your board and plunging into the deep blue is a surefire way to make your morning more exciting. If you haven’t tried surfing yet, photos like the one below should give you some inspiration.

Sunrise picnic

Pour some steaming coffee in a thermos, grab a few sandwiches for breakfast and head for your favorite picnic spot. Sometimes I drive for an hour to reach a remote mountain meadow just to hear the morning birdsong and enjoy the breaking dawn.

Rooftop sunrise

Do you have a friend with a magnificent rooftop terrace, or do you know a rooftop bar that organizes early morning events? Find the best view in the city and bring your coffee with you.

No-sleep sunrise

For those who cannot wake up early, we suggest a gentler option: if you don’t go to bed all night, you won’t need to hammer the alarm clock!

Kayaking at sunrise

Sneak out of your tent/bungalow and grab a kayak at dawn to catch the magical moment when the first rays of sunlight kiss the water’s surface. What I love most about these moments is the perfect serenity that surrounds you.

Sunrise from your tent

The best thing about camping is that you can wake up, peek through your unzipped tent to marvel at the sunrise, then immediately go back to sleep. Two of the year’s most special sunrises are the summer and winter solstice, when you can add a ritual from your country to add to the experience.

Sunrise swimming

It’s worth waking up early to start the day with a refreshing dip in the water (a sea, a river, an ocean or a pool – whatever you have close by).

Play a sunrise song

We all hear different melodies in our heads when dawn breaks, but here are a few of my suggestions for a special song to play as you watch the sunrise. If you can play a musical instrument, you can perform the melody yourself, or you can play it on your speakers to enjoy a special sunrise soundtrack:

Shine by Benjamin Francis Leftwich      Sunrise by Simply Red      Sunrise by Norah Jones     Sunrise by One Last Night      Bloom by The Paper Kites

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    Can I add another! Sunrise meditation! Love the few morning hours when everyone else is asleep, that’s when I drink my sunrise coffee…
    At heart a night owl but I when I do wake up early enough for the sunrise, I’m always like, why don’t I do this everyday!!

    Urgh. I need to be a sunrise person!!

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    A hot air balloon ride at sunrise would be so amazing!

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    Great topic! and love the photos that you chose.My favorite would be fly a balloon at sunrise. 🙂

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    Ok, I’m not much of a sunrise person. BUT – Sunrise balloon ride? Or sunrise kayak? That just might get me out of bed. Excellent ideas, thanks!

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    I’m not a morning person, so I rarely see sunrise. But I love these ideas! I’d definitely get up to go in a hot air balloon, that looks amazing.

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    Cherene Saradar 4 years ago

    I love sunrise activities but hate waking up. The struggle is real. LOL These are all great suggestions!

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    Daniela || Ipanema travels to 4 years ago

    Great list! I’ve ticked most of them 😉

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    What an interesting article. I love sunrise and sunset. It’s a beautiful time to be alive.

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    Perfect ideas ! I’m normally a sunset girl myself, but I often enjoy getting up for sunrise. I would love a sunrise kayak or to watch from a rooftop

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    Veronika 4 years ago

    These are such a great ideas! Already did some of these and would definitely try to do the rest, like sunrise surfing!

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    Shristi Jain - This Epic World 4 years ago

    Wow! Sunrise date is my favourite kind of sunrise! So romantic!

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    It’s always worth waking up early for a sunrise! I love kayaking at sunrise or seeing the sunrise from my tent. Seeing a sunrise from a hot air balloon is on my bucket list!

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