If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, then you know I have a little thing for sunsets. Alright, maybe a big thing for sunsets. So what if every other photo I post is about sunsets? While the saying, “Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seem them all,” can be applied to Westerns, I don’t think it can be applied to sunsets. Every time I travel to a new destination, I’m eager to see the first sunset, as if I’m seeing the sunset for the first time, as it falls behind a different backdrop. So this week I wanted to share this travel photo essay of some of my favorite sunsets from around the world, taking you from my hometown of Graham North Carolina, to the sandy beaches of Costa Rica, to the streets of Ghent, Belgium, to my current home of Los Angeles, California.

Sunset from Amsterdam canal

Sunset over the canals of Amsterdam

Sunset from the Four Seasons Manele Bay on the Hawaii island of Lanai

Sunset from the Four Seasons Manele Bay on the Hawaii island of Lanai

Sunset from the Southern Nevada desert

Sunset from the Southern Nevada desert

Sunset from the Pacific side of Costa Rica on Playa del Coco

Sunset from the Pacific side of Costa Rica on Playa del Coco

Sunset on Hawaii, the Big Island from atop Mauna Kea (13,796')

Sunset on Hawaii, the Big Island from atop Mauna Kea (13,796')

Sunset over the Salton Sea in Southern California

Sunset over the Salton Sea in Southern California

Sunset aboard an Alaskan cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line

Sunset aboard an Alaskan cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line

Sunset over the Florida Keys from a dock on the bay

Sunset over the Florida Keys from a dock on the bay

Sunset in Cabo San Lucas from the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Sunset in Cabo San Lucas from the Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Pacific Northwest sunset from the Inside Passage near Alaska

Pacific Northwest sunset from the Inside Passage near Alaska

Sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Sunset from the canals of Ghent, Belgium

Sunset from the canals of Ghent, Belgium

Sunset from my hometown of Graham, North Carolina

Sunset from my hometown of Graham, North Carolina

Sunset aboard a boat on Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border

Sunset aboard a boat on Lake Powell on the Arizona/Utah border

Sunset from Pike Place Market in Seattle

Sunset from Pike Place Market in Seattle

Sunset from Baker Beach in San Francisco, California

Sunset from Baker Beach in San Francisco, California

Sunset reflections above Santa Monica, California

Sunset reflections above Santa Monica, California

Beach sunset from Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos

Beach sunset from Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos

Sunset from the vineyards of Healdsburg in Sonoma, California

Sunset from the vineyards of Healdsburg in Sonoma, California

Sunset over the Pacific Beach Pier from San Diego

Sunset over the Pacific Beach Pier from San Diego