Travel theme: Hot

Brr! It’s frosty outside and I’m breaking out my thermal socks. It is definitely time to turn up the heat, so here are a few sizzling shots that I picked out in the heat of the moment.

First up, the sun-baked hills of southern California, glowing gold on a scorching summer evening.

california road trip us usa america hills countryside road trip

Next, a fiery sun turns everything red-hot in the sweltering humidity of a New York summer.

new york hot summer heat sun red usa us america

Finally, quite possibly the hottest place I’ve visited to date; the Mohave Desert in the height of summer.


If you’re hot to trot, and 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: Hot
  • 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
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes

Can you handle the heat?



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. 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 - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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260 Responses to Travel theme: Hot

  1. Max510 says:

    Great Theme Ailsa. Love the tilt pict of Mohave

  2. says:

    Great pictures!!

  3. adinparadise says:

    Great theme, Ailsa. Love your hot shots. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Yum, that’s an awfully big fire for that little pan! What was Johna cooking? Was that during your circumnavigation of Long Island? xxx

      • No, it was the summer before (in 2011), when we were camping for a few days on Cape Cod. We made a big fire because it looked pretty and because we’d bought all this wood, and then were too impatient to let the fire die down before we started cooking… potatoes, as I recall 😉

  5. nuvofelt says:

    Maybe not as hot as you would expect! We did travel to get there…… 😉

    • nuvofelt says:

      Your lovely pictures warmed me up on a cold night. I clicked the button before I could say it before…… Silly me 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, that looks really good, I’m hungry now! I always forget how much I love the flavour of balsamic vinegar – and that pea concoction sounds awfully tasty.

  6. Travelbunny says:

    Love the NY shot especially but they’re all great.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Travelbunny, the sweltering sun was lovely to look at, but it made for a very sweaty commute! The subway that day was like a sauna.

  7. markd60 says:

    I like it the hotter the better, no matter how hot it gets, I can cool off, but when it gets cold, I can’t get warm.

    • ailsapm says:

      Isn’t that funny – I’m the exact opposite. I find it really easy to warm up with another layer of clothing, but when it gets too hot, I wish I had my own portable air-conditioner. 🙂

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  9. Great photos – love the theme…that’s just what we need today here. It’s freezing cold and we’ve had snow too…

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  11. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa!!! Great challenge!! here is very cold as well…
    My entry:
    Keep warm and safe!

  12. patriciaddrury says:

    Living in the desert is easy peasy! THanks for the topic “HOT” Be right back!

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    • ailsapm says:

      These are wonderful, Patricia. That baby is adorable, his shark outfit is hysterical! And where did you take that silhouette of the camels? I want to be there now! xxx

  14. Good theme for us Aussies!

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  16. Great shots, Ailsa!
    This is little stretch, but ties in, at least tangentially, with a post I was working on… here it is:

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, TRS, I’d forgotten about the Mayan calendar ending. Perhaps it doesn’t mark the end of the world but the end of our domination of it. If another animal species takes over, I hope they’re kinder to the planet than we’ve been!

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  18. The last one is hot, but so cool!

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  22. Miguel says:

    Hottest (and definitely THE Best) Beach Island in the World right now: Boracay!

  23. travtrails says:

    Interesting subject. My take on Hot…Owakudani- http:/

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  25. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Gosh I’d love to travel to some of those places in the US, looks like a photographers dream!

    • ailsapm says:

      I’ve been blown away by the beauty of this country, Gilly – and there’s just so much of it. It’s funny, before I came here all I could see in my mind’s eye were the cities, because they’re so iconic and you see them all the time on tv, but they’re just the smallest part of this crazy beautiful country. Love your photos, especially that one of Gadisar Lake in the twilight.

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  27. Max510 says:

    Hi Ailsa and friends.
    Here something hot

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  29. Here are my hot spots! Love the others I’ve seen on this great theme!

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  32. gertygiggles says:

    Your photos really make “hot” come to life, Here is my attempt at the challenge

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  34. livvy30 says:

    Love the desert shots! Hopefully I’ll get some next year when I plan to visit it! Here’s mine for this week. Feeling festive 🙂

  35. Indira says:

    Lovely theme and beautiful photographs.

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  39. Great pictures for the challenge, Ailsa, especially that middle one. It looks like the sky is burning! Here’s mine for this week:

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  41. thirdeyemom says:

    Holy smokes Ailsa! Look how many likes you have on your weekly travel theme! Maybe you should take over for the WP Photo Challenge? Impressive! Here is my entry!

    • ailsapm says:

      Hee hee, I know, Nicole, it’s starting to get very popular – and taking me an eternity to keep up with everyone’s entries. Love your honeymoon in Greece – looking forward to reading more in the coming weeks – PS tell your son that you still look incredibly young! 😉

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Thanks Ailsa! It is wonderful that it is a great success as is your lovely travel blog! Thanks for the compliments! If I don’t smile (which is impossible as I always smile) then the wrinkles don’t show….he he. But I guess for almost 41 it could be worse, right! I think getting over the turning forty thing last year took me a few months but now I’m back in the game! 🙂

  42. A welcome theme in winter, Ailsa 😉
    Here’s mine:
    Stay warm!

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