My 7 Super Dooper Shots

So it’s finally my turn to do the Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots….blah blah blah….no one really cares, so here are my favourite photos…

A photo that…takes my breath away

Sun rise from Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

Seeing the sun rise from above the clouds is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful images you can ever see. It’s made even better after you’ve hiked for two days straight to get there. This photo is taken from the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.

Read more: Climbing Mount Kinabalu Day 1 and Day 2

A photo that…makes me laugh or smile

Laughing school boys in Indonesia

I can’t help but laugh when I look at these cheeky school boys in Flores, Indonesia. We went to a little village called Moni which has incredible mountains and lakes nearby but it was cloudy and rainy so we stayed in the village for a few nights and got to know the locals who were just lovely.

Read more: Kelimutu and the 3 Lakes, Indonesia

A photo that…makes me dream

Dream Beach, Bali

Every time I see this photo I want to be back in Bali and relaxing on Dream Beach. This was Christmas Eve 2010 and although it wasn’t exactly a tradition Christmas, it was still one of the best.

Read more: I don’t have a post from Dream Beach so take a look at Monkey Forest, Bali. Almost as good.

A photo that…makes me think

Waiting for the sun to rise

There’s something really lonely and thoughtful about this photo. I took it at about 6am when Sam and I climbed to the top of a mountain in Indonesia to watch the sunrise. We were so excited and trudged up the mountain at 4.30am in the pitch black only to find that the sky was filled with thick grey clouds and we couldn’t see a thing. But we kept trying every morning until we finally got a clear day. Two days later our camera was stolen and we lost the photos but it was well worth it and this photo always makes me think about the highs and lows of travelling.

A photo that…makes my mouth water

Nom nom

I’m not usually a fan of my own foodie pics because they never do the food justice but even I can’t take a bad picture of cupcakes. I took this photo on my first ever press trip to Glasgow and these were being served in our hotel. I had no idea what I was meant to be doing or how I’d even been invited on a press trip so I just took photos of everything and hoped it would pay off.

Read more: A Weekend in Glasgow

A photo that…tells a story

Sunset from Mackerel Island, WA

I worked on an island in Australia for five months and each evening the sky was illuminated with different colours. Every evening for that whole five months I would sit on the doorstep of my beach hut, cooking the fish that we’d caught that afternoon, and watch the sun set over the sea. I took a photo of the sunset virtually every evening and this is one of my favourites.

Read more: Another corker from Mackerel Island (Yes, I’m slightly obsessed with sunsets)

A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

Camels on the beach in WA

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them this photo is taken from Australia. This is Cable Beach just below Broome and each evening the shore in lined with families who come to watch the sunset. There will be lots of people fishing, some people walking their dogs, huge communal games of cricket and BBQs all along the beach but a lot of people just come to see this gorgeous scene of camels walking along the beach at sunset.

So there you have it, my 7 Super Duper Shots. Hope you like them!

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • Jen
    May 16, 2012

    Wow Mon! That last one is amazing, i can’t believe it’s seriously in Australia!! Definitely Nat Geo worthy – you’ve totally inspired me to do a post like this xx

  • May 16, 2012

    I wouldn’t believe that photo is from Australia if you didn’t tell me! Also quite like the photo from the mountain in Indonesia, very thoughtful!

  • May 16, 2012

    Amazing shots. I like them all, but must say the last two are just WOW. I’m a sucker for sunsets and love both of those.

  • May 17, 2012

    Great shots but LOVE the last one – beautiful!

  • May 18, 2012

    Beautiful collection of super shots. My favorites would have to be the sunset and your National geographic shot. It is such an anomaly to see all those camels by the ocean but what a sight it must have been to see that caravan.

  • May 21, 2012

    I looked at your first photo and just thought, ‘Wow…’ Definitely took my breath away too! The photo of the sunset is also stunning.

  • May 26, 2012

    The last one is awesome! 🙂

  • May 30, 2012

    I really love your shots, especially Camels on the beach

      • May 31, 2012

        By the way i wanna apologize! i wrote my name in Arabic, & i did not noticed till i cam today
        Ken Adams

  • June 13, 2012

    Good pics! Backlight on the camels shot is the best 😉

  • July 11, 2012

    Wow! What gorgeous photos. I especially liked the 4th and the last one.
    True, 4th one tells the high & lows and the last one beat me.
    I thought it is India, my own country! 🙂 I have lived in Sydney for quite sometime but never ever imagined camels on Australian beach! The photo is also excellent.

    Here are my 7 super shots. Tell me which one did you like. 🙂

  • September 15, 2012

    Just come across this! I love the dream beach photo! And the 2 Australia ones 🙂

  • August 6, 2013

    Lovely photos, I can see why you’re so proud of them. And I agree that the last one is Nat Geo worthy.

    I’ve always had a deep envy for people who are able to take such lovely shots… I try and try but can’t quite seem to manage it. Even sunsets never really work out that well for a lens that I happen to be attached to.

    And then there are those boys… As a teacher, I know that smile well. That “I’m up to no good” smile, probably accompanied by a high-pitched laugh. Hyena-like and chilling. 😉 They’re cute kids, and they’re making me miss my little monsters here in Taipei. Didn’t think I’d miss teaching so quickly this summer, but I did.

    So thanks for the emotion roller coaster of your 7 super doopers! Keep ’em coming, and I’ll come back to check ’em out.

  • January 16, 2015

    It sounds like you had the time of your life there… 🙂


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