Travel theme: Distance

I’m writing this week’s travel theme from a porch on a hot summer’s night near Charleston, South Carolina. Tomorrow I set off on a long distance road trip – the destination is Seattle but I’m going the long way round, hoping to take in a few National Parks along the way. Crickets and bullfrogs are filling the sultry night air with noise and suddenly, Seattle seems very, very far away.

Before I set off on the adventure, however, here are a few distant objects I’ve photographed on my travels. First up, a snow-capped Mount Adams, taken from Mount Rainier National Park – over 50 miles away; it still looms large.

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Exploring the shores of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan, I spotted a couple of boatmen off in the distance.

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A humourous advertisement for a medication from the distant past, painted on the side of a building in the Wild West town of Winthrop, Washington.

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A flashy swathe of tulips in Skagit Valley almost manage to upstage the dramatic peaks of the Cascade mountains off in the distance.

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New York is so big, sometimes it can help to get a little distance. Manhattan looming out of the fog, taken from the Hoboken shore.

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Now it’s your turn to bring your most distant, faraway places to the foreground. If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone is welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel Theme: Distance
  • 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. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or via RSS.

I’m looking forward to seeing your far-flung posts which will keep me reading and dreaming of distant places on my upcoming trip.

xxx Ailsa

“Time is the longest distance between two places.” – Tennessee Williams

“Every once in a while, people need to be in the presence of things that are really far away.” – Ian Frazier


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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158 Responses to Travel theme: Distance

  1. mydarlingLia says:

    I’m still new, so I’m excited to have joined!
    I personally like the snow-capped Mount Adams, it is breathtaking. A good friend of mine would have thought about climbing, though, so I wrote about what Distance means to both of us. 🙂

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  3. adinparadise says:

    Fabulous photos, Ailsa. Have a great trip. 🙂

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  8. Amy says:

    Beautiful post, as always! Love the theme, Ailsa. Here is mine

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  11. frizztext says:

    you made me smile with your tulips photo!
    greetings by

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  17. Barbara says:

    I love the last picture with the tulips, stunning! Xx

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  20. babsje says:

    Here’s my bit of silliness.

    Going the Distance?

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  23. Angie says:

    Hi Ailsa! Wonderful photos there…here’s my entry for this week.

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  25. Debbie says:

    The tulips with distant mountains beyond are just incredible. They don’t look real! Here is my own mountain view:

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  30. ideflex says:

    Of course I realized after I’d uploaded this that I had originally intended to use another pic – oh well, another day another challenge – please have a look at urban distant at

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  34. elleturner4 says:

    Hi, I think my link for my Travel theme was wrong!! Here it is again (I hope!)

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