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.

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

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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

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    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, mostlymonochrome. First off, it’s a great shot. Second, the WP snow floating across the photo really made me laugh, seeing as the title is The English Riviera. 🙂

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  4. Ailsa, your second photo, of the traffic light in NYC, should win a prize! thanks again for a great challenge. “Hot to Trot!” is my interpretation of the theme.

  5. Reena says:

    So, here’s my hot shots 😛
    Let’s enjoy the heat though it’s freezing outside!

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  8. cinova says:

    I love that Mojave desert photo, Ailsa. Here are some pics of us Aussies escaping the heat.

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  10. Like the golden waves in the hot, arid California hills…my pics are southwest style:

  11. fgassette says:

    Great hot shots! Here are mine:


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  15. Nice pictures, Ailsa, and a great theme for this chilly week! Here are my photos –

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  17. petit4chocolatier says:

    Great pictures!

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  19. Anne Camille says:

    I don’t allow myself to start counting the days for my winter vacation until the first of December — so it’s a good thing that I didn’t have time to look at this yesterday because this theme certainly means: HOT (or at least warm) weather and that means the beach. Looking forward to seeing how others have interpreted this theme. If I didn’t have vacation on my mind, I might have done something very different!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Awesome shots of Arches, Amy. I was just there and it couldn’t have been more different – cold, rainy and foggy. I’m going to be writing about it shortly, you’ll get a laugh when you see the photos I took, it looks like another part of the planet altogether!

  21. A tale or two to tell..... says:

    Hey Ailsa, perhaps we can combine your cold with my “blazing inferno hot” and come up with the perfect climate !!?? haha
    I have been a bit quiet in the blog world lately, but here is my contribution to your weekly Travel theme 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Emma, those are some blisteringly hot photos, the one of you camping in a dust storm is my favourite!

      • A tale or two to tell..... says:

        Seriously, who camps in the middle of a dust storm ?
        Can tick that one off the list of things that I have done ( not that it was ever intentionally on there haha ) 🙂

  22. Hello. Sorry it’s been a while. I hope these are okay. I’m actually enduring a heat wave at the moment and found it hard to capture “hot”. It’s way too warm outside to take photos sorry. lol. anyway, here is my offering.

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  24. riah_e says:

    Hi Ailsa! Living in the middle east has become a normal life for us to live in a place with scorching HOT weather esp in the summer months. Well, here’s my entry for this week.

    • ailsapm says:

      That looks like one incredible adventure, riah_e – that first photo is breathtakingly beautiful!

      • riah_e says:

        exactly! especially when you get to stay in a desert camp just for one night and experience the hospitality of the bedouins and the evening affairs offered by this kind of tourism in Oman.

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  27. Lovely theme for the start of winter!!!
    Here is my contribution: HOT in the United Arab Emirates desert!!

  28. Hot indeed Ailsa! Don;t you wish you were travelling in Asia with all this heat in here 😉 Here’s mine:

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  30. Fles says:

    I love the New York traffic light – that’s a truly artistic shot!

  31. loganbruin says:

    Those shots look kinda funny to me with 3 days of rain in SoCal. ;o)
    Wanted to participate, but couldn’t find any good desert shots. The closest I could find was a shot of one of my fave musicians, Meiko, in concert, on a day when it was 107 degrees in Pasadena, but you can’t really SEE the hot in the shot; woulda helped if she was visibly sweating. . . ;o)

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  33. gingerbreadcafe says:

    I love that New York shot, the pink is incredible! Warm up with my contribution here

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  35. trishworth says:
    I admire your constancy, Ailsa, in coming up with themes each week. The red New York sky and traffic lights is my favourite in your post. This theme, ‘hot’, was a challenge. Difficult to say, sometimes, from an image whether it’s hot weather or not. But my father’s drawing of the desert and its blazing sun left no doubt. Hope you like it.

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  38. kz says:

    hi 🙂 a li’l late but here’s mine ^^ great idea for the theme!! ^^

  39. danielfee says:

    Here are two of the hottest places that I have visited, the Australian Outback and Death Valley.

    • ailsapm says:

      We skipped Death Valley because it was the height of summer, but driving through the Mojave we got out at a rest stop and I nearly evaporated. Oh my God!

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  42. hi Ailsa, love your first photo best! i hope my entry will warm you guys up …

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