About

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.                   Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.

559 Responses to About

  1. So true. So true! (but keep writing while you wander, OK?)

  2. Hoo Sze Ling says:

    Love this bit : “Anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.”

  3. Wendy says:

    Great blog! You are a such a great story teller, which I think is great because I travel with you in each post you write. I need to work on my writing skills – which I have none. I’m inspired by your photography. Your photos are so beautiful. I read your posts a couple of times before moving to the next and each time I see something new.

  4. Hi, Ailsa,

    We’ve nominated Where’s my backpack? for the Versatile Blogger Award (see http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/03/21/versatile-blogger-award-take-two/). I know that we nominated The Eco and the Id previously, but you’ve started another wonderful blog, and “to him (her ;-) that hath shall be given…”

    No obligation to follow the silly rules—do with it what you will…

  5. Lim Jun Jie says:

    Wow. You are an inspiration. I want to be a traveler like you so badly, but I am only 22 and I still can’t get over those budget issues. I love to see what is out there, perhaps make a difference and reach out to people from all walks of life.

    • ailsapm says:

      Aw, thanks for saying that, Lim Jun Jie, that’s really cool. You know, you have got plenty of time to see the world, when the time is right, it will happen for you. And remember, travel doesn’t have to be expensive.There are plenty of opportunities to work your way around the world. Many of my travels have been supported by finding work in the local country. It’s so much better than just visiting as a tourist; it really gives you an insight into the culture of everyday life and you make some wonderful friends too. And the other real money saver is travelling slowly – if you have the time, taking a boat or a train or even a bike is way more fun than paying top dollar to get stuffed into an airplane and hurtled through the air. I wish you luck in your adventures, and I’d hope you enjoy following mine. xoxo Ailsa

      • Lim Jun Jie says:

        Thanks! May I just ask a question? I am aware of working holidays and that is my intention. Do you find work overseas all by yourself and through connections or other means?

        Anyway, thanks for all that suggestions. It means a lot.

        • ailsapm says:

          As you’re just starting out, it might be easier to get a job before you go, it’s always nice to know you have somewhere to go. There’s lots of seasonal work available at ski resorts, hotels and the like, which is a handy introduction into the world of travel, with the security of a paycheck and somewhere to stay. When I was in college, I used to spend the summer vacations in other countries, doing hotel work or teaching English as a foreign language. Once you’ve chosen where you’d like to go, start researching local businesses that might have seasonal work, and then contact them. The internet is a great resource. xxx

  6. Angeline M says:

    Looking forward to going through your blog…it looks great!

  7. Paula says:

    Gulls can be nasty beasts :D. Your life path is impressive :)

  8. Jeff Sinon says:

    Shortening it to Sir Jeff is it?
    Madam, your disregard for proper decorum and civility knows no bounds. ;-) I have decided to subscribe to your blog young maiden, in order to keep an eye on you! And when you utter your “Sir Jeff The Rude,” it is I ,SJTR, who shall be there to pounce! :-D

    Good day to you!

    • ailsapm says:

      Cor blimey, guv’nor, that’s me told. I doff my hat to you, sir, and follow you back. ;-)

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        You my Lady, make me laugh! :-D
        I wish I could see the look on their face when some other blogger, without knowing I’m the one who came up with the title, reads you calling me Sir Jeff The Rude when leaving a comment or replying to one. Tee Hee ;-)

  9. Nice! I look forward to reading more adventures! :D

  10. Great adventures, I am so jealous. I can’t wait to hear more of your stories!

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  12. So you’re the source of all the great photo challenges I’ve seen people posting about! I’m so glad I found you–your photos are gorgeous!

  13. blog shofia says:

    hai ailsa! so great to find your blog. I love a travelling too, but maybe I just little unlucky than you. :D
    I just wanna introduce myself, I am Sofy from Indonesia, and I am fpllowing your blog from now. :)

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  15. Very nice to “meet” you Ailsa! You’ve got a wonderful eye! Beautiful photos! I’m really enjoying your blog :)
    anne

  16. You’ve been tagged! No hard feelings if you choose not to participate. ;)

    http://weirdandcoolstuff.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/i-got-tagged/

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks so much, Ruth, I might try to write a combined blog post at some point when life slows down to thank everyone for their tags and nominations. Really enjoying your blog, just read your post about Partnachklamm, looks amazing. xxx Ailsa

  17. Nando says:

    Hello Ailsa! I have just nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award. I visit your blog every so often and always enjoy your beautiful photographs.

    http://nando67.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/genuine-blogger-award/

    Just like the previous poster commented, if you choose not to participate, there’s definitely no hard feelings but in all honesty, it’s all in good fun. You’ve been recognized and I just wanted to show my appreciation.

    • ailsapm says:

      Well thank you very much, Nando, I really appreciate folks stopping by and letting me know they like my photos. Speaking of photos, I just read your Colorado Springs post, you have some cracking photos there. It’s a part of the US I haven’t visited (yet) but it looks incredibly beautiful.

      • Nando says:

        Thanks Ailsa! Yeah, Colorado in general is super beautiful. I plan to visit in December. Been a while. Get thee to the Springs fast, what are you waiting for?!

  18. Hi Ailsa, I just nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award, and now I just realized Nando already nominated you!! Oh well, I love your blog and it’s too late now!!

    http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/genuine-blogger-award/

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    • ailsapm says:

      I love it, when I think of your adventures I always think of sunshine, the Sunshine Award is that little bit sunnier coming from you. :)

  20. kap10bob says:

    I browsed your blog just now and I’m really impressed. Keep it up :)

  21. Arrived here from TBM’s blog. Love your blog. Will be following.

  22. Ailsa, you know, it’s Awards Season and I couldn’t not add your blog to my list of nominations for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I won’t be upset if you can’t find the time to play, but if you can, pop over to check it out: https://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/confessions-awards-and-the-atlas-game/
    Ciao
    TWLG

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah, congrats on your beautiful blogger award, Debbie – well-deserved, I might add – and thank you for brightening my day with a shout out too. xxx Ailsa

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  24. Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I (and so many ohers) regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/06/14/in-accordance-with-award-rules-the-nominees-are/
    All the best!

  25. Enjoy the blogging, enjoy the hobbies and enjoy the travel. We will share experiences.Nice friendship between bloggers. I’ve been following your blog, fantastic :P Regards

  26. Loved today’s post as usual. What a find!!! And I couldn’t love your blog more. So, I nominated you for 4 awards!! newsofthetimes.org/2012/06/15/thank-yous-and-appreciation-an-embarassment-of-riches/ Do with these whatever feels right. Thanks for a fantastic blog!!

  27. Lynne Ayers says:

    To let you know that I have named your site as one that I enjoy visiting. I hope you get some new traffic to your site as a result. Don’t feel you have to, but if you wish to participate in these awards visit http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/appreciation-and-inspiration/#more-1833 for the rules and regs. And you are entitled to display the icon for the Kreativ Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on your site … if you aren’t already doing so. 

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks so much, Lynne, and congratulations on your award. I just started looking at the other blogs you nominated – the Legion of Door Whores is fabulous – yes, I am a door lover too!

  28. Anna Marie says:

    Your blog is a lovely find. I look forward to reading about your ongoing adventures both in exotic locations and in your own back yard.

  29. I liked your blog-it sounds so sincere..keep up the good work and I will keep on reading (so keep on traveling :)

  30. Amy says:

    Hi Ailsa, I nominated you for an award. If you have a moment: http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com

  31. Jane says:

    Ailsa,

    I suspect we have quite similar tastes! Although you clearly are better at writing and blogging. Unfortunately, I keep getting an error why I try to subscribe to yours :(

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks for the compliment, Jane. Could you let me know which way you were trying to subscribe when you received the error – through the follow button at the top, email subscription or the RSS orange wavy button – so I can contact WordPress to have them look into it. Thanks for letting me know! xxx Ailsa

  32. I’m following! so I won’t miss your posts! :)

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  34. I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Check out the details here: http://sahbinahvioletflynn.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/be-inspired/

  35. Anna Marie says:

    Hi Ailsa
    I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can find the details here: http://authenticallyannamarie.wordpress.com/
    Congrats,
    Anna Marie

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  38. What a lovely find, stumbling upon your blog. Keep on inspiring others. :-)

    From a fellow crazy traveler and photographer. :-)

  39. tobyo says:

    fascinating!! I look forward to reading more :)

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  41. Hi, Ailsa – You may or may not already have done this – it’s a photo challenge through TravelSupermarket.com due 8/29. I thought of you, although I know that’s not much time. My entry’s posted on my blog.
    They want to see 5 photos, one each representing Blue, Green, White,Yellow, and Red. If you’re interested, the data is here:

    http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/

  42. Hi, Ailsa,
    We’ve nominated you for the “Capture the Colour” contest. See details at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/08/27/capture-the-colour/. We’d love to see your photos in response to this challenge! (However, there’s a deadline soon, and we know you are traveling…)

    • ailsapm says:

      Darn it, I would love to have entered, but being on the road got in the way. Fab shots, Vlad, the white one is stunning and I love how the green and yellow pop out from the other colours too.

  43. Ailsa, you are so my favorite for so many reasons, not the least of which is how much you have inspired me to further my passion for photography. So thank you for that. I love your blog and have nominated you for several awards! Please don’t feel obligated to participate – just know that you are appreciated. Here’s the post: http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/28/tuesday-tunes-ramble-on-and-awards-galore/ Keep up the great work!

  44. I love your blog! I’m a world traveler also! Where are you currently traveling to?

    • ailsapm says:

      Nice to meet a fellow traveller, Infinite Journey – I’m on the west coast of the US right now, where are you? xxx

      • I am in Tennessee right now and Tasha is in Florida. We leave in a couple of months for central America. What made you start traveling? We are doing a year long documentary project that includes the stories of other travelers! I hope we cross paths, I would love to capture your story to share with others :)

        • ailsapm says:

          Very cool, Infinite Journey, gosh, I can’t quite remember a time when I wasn’t travelling, at least for some part of the year at any rate. It’s part and parcel of being Irish, I suspect. ;)

  45. Awesome blog! I see myself coming back for more interesting posts. I love to wander around just like what you are doing. Thanks for the inspiration!

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