Living on the road certainly has its advantages. While I don't have a home to call my own, I do get to visit lots of really wonderful places and dream that they're all mine. (At least for a short while.) I'm always sure to search out a place to stay with a balcony or some sort of outdoor space, as I've quickly learned that this is the number one way for me to feel relaxed and at home. The shot above was taken from the balcony of our hotel room in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. This cozy spot was right on the Rio de la Plata where the sound of the waves and the cool breeze certainly gave us a nice respite from the din of other busy South American cities.
Speaking of busy South American cities, this romantic balconied building is in the heart of Buenos Aires. A dynamic city to be sure, Buenos Aires is the kind of place where even a tiny Juliet balcony like the ones pictured above can help ease the hustle and bustle, giving a tiny respite from the urban jungle while gazing down on the activity below.
And when I needed a break from the actual jungle, I'd take a snooze in this hammock on the balcony of my Costa Rican rental, deep in the rainforest. Nothing exemplifies the notion of "Pura Vida" quite like a hammock on a balcony, nestled among tropical flora.
Lastly, just a few weeks back while taking a stroll down Magazine Street in New Orleans, I noticed these grand balconies that had me daydreaming of sitting under the outdoor ceiling fans, sipping juleps and eavesdropping on the local gossip. Now, if I could just get an invitation upstairs... (Images: Smith Schwartz)