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:

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Transport me!



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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171 Responses to Travel theme: Transportation

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  2. ideflex says:

    Love the smart car – there was someone not allowed to play with glue as a child… Great theme!

  3. Fast Pam says:

    Those little smart cars are crazy!! Here are some transportation options from the Life Bus!

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  5. cocoaupnorth says:

    Lovely car!

  6. ideflex says:

    Not the easiest way to get to work – please have a look at

  7. Thanks, Ailsa, for sharing your usual great images and stories!
    Here’s my contribution for this week’s theme: Random thoughts on Transportation in Bolivia (some very realistic facts!)

    Thanks for the continuous inspiration! Take care, Raquel

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  10. Love the little decorated cars!
    Here’s mine. It’s a look at transportation in our nations capitol.

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  12. gertygiggles says:

    Once again you have fired my imagination and your wonderful photos are an inspiration to me. Here is my attempt at your challenge

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  16. I love the airplane shots! Here are mine, I’m back after missing a few:

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  20. Anne Camille says:

    Here is my entry for this week’s theme: Planes, Trains, Automobiles — without the trains!

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  23. fgassette says:

    Here is my entry for this week.


  24. Cool!! 🙂

    Here’s a few modes of transportation I regularly use in Australia:

  25. EhkStream says:

    I like the kokopelli tattoo on the neck of the NYC peddle-cab driver…

  26. Dauw says:

    Great pictures Ailsa, especially your three last ones.
    Here ‘s my entry for this weeks theme : “Not the end of the world… there’s always a step to go…”
    As you ‘ll see I’m into drawing again =)

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  28. Max510 says:

    Have nice sunday everybody
    Here my transportation

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  31. riah_e says:

    Hi Ailsa and to fellow bloggers, here’s our sole transportation we take around and outside Oman.

  32. Jenn says:

    Transportation .. Hmmm some interesting sights recently with pooches being transported 🙂

  33. Hello there, I’ve nominated you for the “Sunshine Award”, and here is the link:

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  36. Hi Ailsa, I have nominated you for blog of the year… thanks for all the great photo challenges. Check it out here:

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  40. danielfee says:

    The mode of transportation is an often overlooked part of traveling. Many people just want to get to their destination, but how you get there is part of the fun of traveling. When we plan trips, we often look to incorporate various forms of transportation including planes, trains, boats, buses, autos, horses and feet. Here are a few photos of usual and unusual modes of transportation.

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