Travel theme: Transportation

Transportation is an integral part of travel and whatever mode of transport you choose will affect your experience of the journey. Take a horseback ride along a beach and then do the same journey on a dune buggy if you don’t believe me. This summer I went coast to coast to coast in the US first by train, then car, then airplane and each journey was radically different, even though I was travelling almost the exact same route each time.

Modes of transportation vary according to culture, history, geography and climate. Rickshaws, tangas and tuk-tuks conjure up very specific locations for me, as do dogsleds, yellow cabs and black cabs. What do you think of when you hear the word stagecoach, charabanc, chariot or Hansom cab?

I had a hard time narrowing down the photos I wanted to use for this week’s theme. In the end, I chose six. The first three remind me of the quirkiness that is New York City. First up, I present to you the bride and groom, NYC-style.

new york bride groom wedding pedicab bike cab

Walking from Times Square towards Hell’s Kitchen one evening, I spotted this teeny tiny tricked-out car and couldn’t resist taking a photo.

new york car tricked out

The other side was even more startling. Oh, New York!

new york car tricked out

I chose these next three photos because they make me happy. Rather than depicting the vehicle in its entirety, these glimpses remind me of what it feels like when you’re really excited about a journey, peeping over the hull of a boat or out the window of a plane. They speak to me of the romance and thrill of travel. The boat photo was taken on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, the airplane photos were taken just after takeoff on a dawn flight from La Guardia – they were taken within a few minutes of each other but out opposite windows.

lake atitlan guatemala boat travel

airplane aeroplane wing flight new york dawn

airplane aeroplane wing flight new york dawn travel

So that’s my take on transportation, what’s yours? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Transportation
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Transport me!

xxx

Ailsa

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Hi there! I’m Ailsa. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue wheresmybackpack.com Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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171 Responses to Travel theme: Transportation

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  2. adinparadise says:

    Lovely theme again, Ailsa. Love that glitzy little car; more suited to LA or Miami than NYC. :D

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Mine would be full of boats, I’m afraid. Love the car!

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  7. viveka says:

    Fun and great shots … from bling cities! Calm and relaxing nature. About flying – I was like Orson Wells – There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror.

  8. Claire says:

    Hey Ailsa,
    Absolutely loving this week’s theme, here’s my entry with some of the many methods of transportation that were used on my RTW journey:

    http://truetravelings.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/travel-theme-transportation/

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  10. Barbara says:

    Here’s my first & favourite form of transport! Thanks for the idea :).
    http://www.looneyatoms.com

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  14. oztravelbug says:

    Great theme Ailsa, I too had a difficult time narrowing down my photo choices for this week’s theme since I have used so many modes of transport throughout my travels! Here’s my take: http://travelbugdownunder.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/travel-theme-transportation/

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  17. kz says:

    nice photos.. and cool car! ^^

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  20. bebs1 says:

    Love the first picture and the cars! So cute! Here is mine: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/12/14/travel-theme-transportation/

  21. petit4chocolatier says:

    Fun pictures!! Love Oh New York :)

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  24. great theme, Ailsa! i love the first photo, still utterly romantic:)
    my share: http://alwaysbobswife.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/travel-theme-transportation/

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  30. Jo Bryant says:

    cute B & G Ailsa…and those cars – so cool
    here is mine:

    http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/travel-theme-transportation/

    a bit of Christmas NZ style

  31. Sounds fun! I am a keen train photographer but think I have posted most of my photos on my blog previously. Will try and think of something different to photograph this week.

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