Travel theme: Possibility

The beginning of a new year fills me with a sense of boundless possibility; of places yet to be explored, people to encounter, experiences waiting to be uncovered. Here are a few photos that signal the promise of discovery or adventure.

A bend in the road, or in this case, a bend in the train tracks of the Empire Builder – and the thrill of discovering what’s hiding around the corner.

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All the possibilities inherent in cracking open a book for the first time. Or catching a glimpse of a very old book at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, CT.

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But perhaps predictably, my favourite way to open up a world of possibilities is with the help of a good map. As a child I spent hours pouring over a giant, well-worn hardback world atlas my mother owned. I can still see it now if I close my eyes; so big it was taller than I was for quite some time; its musty, faded blue cover promising adventure and every page filled with unfamiliar, exotic and evocative place names.

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What sparks your sense of limitless possibility? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Possibility
  • 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
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Show me the possibilities!

xxx Ailsa

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility! – Soren Kierkegaard 

I dwell in possibility. – Emily Dickinson

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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 - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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154 Responses to Travel theme: Possibility

  1. Ann Koplow says:

    Wonderful post. Thanks for the possibilities.

  2. Madhu says:

    Beautiful shots Ailsa. And the kind of possibilities I would love to explore myself. How serendipitous that I posted about one exciting possibility just a few hours ago 🙂
    http://theurgetowander.com/2014/01/03/dare-we-hope/

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  5. Great post! Nice to see Sardinia on your map. 😉

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  7. Here in cold Austria, we always think of the possibility of somewhere warmer! http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/travel-themepossibility/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, look at all that frost, that’s quite impressive, Anna. I can understand you dreaming of warmer places with all that cold, but gosh, your part of the world looks beautiful coated with all that sparkling frost. Happy New Year. xxx

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  10. Steve Hanley says:

    I have always enjoyed the spirit of adventure personified by Charles Kuralt, whose motto was “I see the road ahead is turning. I wonder what’s around the bend?” In fact, that is the tagline for my own blog.

    I have always maintained that travel is the best education possible, better than 4 years at Harvard or Oxford!

    I love your reference to maps. In the electronic age, we get route information but seldom the entire picture. Much is lost by not being able to spread out an old fashioned map and dream of where you next adventure will take you.

    When my daughter was young, we spend an entire winter with a map of Nova Scotia and planned a camping trip for the coming summer, which turned out to be one of the best adventures we have ever shared. To this day, my daughter is an adventurer and I credit that trip with opening her eyes to the possibilities you mention.

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  12. Love the book, Ailsa! And love the theme. Happy New Year to you and everyone here 🙂

    Here’s my take on ‘possibility’: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/travel-theme-possibility/

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  14. Debbie says:

    Great interpretations Ailsa. I’m going to have to think on this one…

  15. Ese' s Voice says:

    The whole wide world of possibilities! My favourite is the first one but I love the book, too!
    My entry this week: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/travel-theme-possibility/

  16. Andrew Seal says:

    Your blogging is always inspirational Ailsa and such a joy to visit. I look forward to continuing to follow your journey in 2014 and, with years of photos in various boxes and files, plan to join you on your” Weekly Travels”. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

  17. Leya says:

    Great theme this week – I’ll be back…Love the first one!

  18. Amy says:

    Inspiring theme, Ailsa! Great train track shot!

  19. suej says:

    Great theme Ailsa, and love your images. Now I need to think about where this will take me… Back soon (ish!)

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  21. Angeline M says:

    Happy New Year, Ailsa. What better way to start the year…thanks!
    http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/travel-theme-possibility/

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  25. The road to Hana is full of possibility- going over the edge, getting crashed into…. but, really, it is a road that leads to beauty in many forms.
    http://sherresartzone.com/2014/01/03/a-road-of-possibilities/

  26. aj vosse says:

    I love maps!! I can also stare at them… use them effectively to get from place to place or just dream about where one leads… endless!!

    One of my first possibilities for this year is a meeting with the creator of this blog… 😉 I really look forward to that!! 😛

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  32. Ah, the endless possibilities that reside between the covers of an Atlas …. 🙂 Happy New Year Ailsa – may it be a year of enticing possibilities for you my dear. 🙂

  33. vastlycurious.com says:

    I also dwell in possibility. Nice theme. I will play : )

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  35. shreejacob says:

    Happy New Year and a wonderful year of travel possibilities! 🙂

  36. Sonel says:

    Great possibilities Ailsa and stunning shots! 😀
    Wishing you a blessed and wonderful 2014 filled with lots of beautiful possibilities. 🙂

  37. Max510 says:

    Another great idea Ailsa 😉
    An thank you for the header ! I can almost see my house between Turin and Milan 😀
    Ciao ciao
    Max

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  40. poppytump says:

    Lovely theme for the New Year Ailsa ! Wishing you plenty of travels in 2014 .
    You are so right about maps .. we have boxes of them ! We have a specialist map shop near to us which has a set old plan drawers and large table for pouring over potential purchases . Wonderful 🙂
    My possibility is here http://poppytump.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/travel-theme-possibility/

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