Travel theme: Simplify

The first week of August is Simplify Your Life week, and it’s always good to be reminded that life doesn’t have to be so complicated. With a nod to the week that’s in it, I just got through re-reading Henry David Thoreau’s study on simple living, Walden. (It’s available free on Wikisource here.) When I first though about using Simplify for the travel theme, my mind flew to this photo taken along Salmon La Sac Creek in the North Cascades – how better to simplify your life than to spend quality time doing something you love with your best friend?

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Another method of simplifying is to embrace minimalism. It doesn’t get much more minimalistic or more beautiful than a Zen garden like this one at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

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One of the easiest ways to simplify is to eliminate distractions and that works for photography too. A single subject can make for a pleasing composition.

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The main goal of simplifying your life is to rid yourself of the inessential in order to make room for what is important to you. I’m working on creating space to do more writing so am carving out chunks of time with no tv or radio to distract and no phone or email to interrupt. What would you do with more space and time? If 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: Simplify
  • 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 RSS!

xxx Ailsa

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hoffman

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau

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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122 Responses to Travel theme: Simplify

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  3. Hi Ailsa here is my simplified entry for this week’s travel theme, https://abualbanie.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/travel-theme-simplify/

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  7. Richard Chubb says:

    Hi, I am new here, but thought I would give it a go. Check it out, thanks

    http://snapsandstories.com/2014/08/03/travel-theme-simplify/

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  11. lolaWi says:

    hi ailsa, love your photos. here’s my entry: http://lolawi.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/travel-theme-simplify/
    thanks!

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  14. Sheri Garvin says:

    Good topic – this blog entry just fell in my lap today, and here I was hoping for a challenge. Maybe I will do a second one! http://avacationinmymind.com/2014/08/04/travel-theme-simplify/

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  17. maamej says:

    Lovely challenge & especially like the first picture. This is my first time, although I’ve been following other people’s responses to your challenges for a while – so hello from the antipodes. http://maamej.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/travel-theme-simplify/

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  21. Jaspa says:

    Hi Ailsa, sorry my entry is a bit late this week, but I’m away at the moment. Anyway, I love the photo of the dog in the canoe. I have to admit that my contribution is a bit tenuous (as you will see), but hopefully you’ll give me a bit of leeway, since I’m travelling… http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/raining-molten-lead/

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  23. Antti J. says:

    Hello Ailsa 🙂
    Challenging topic but here is my contribution: http://anttijohansson.net/2014/08/06/travel-theme-simplify/

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  25. simaroseblossom says:

    I like this theme because it’s flexible! I hope you enjoy! http://sangriastainedlips.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/travel-theme-simplicity/

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  27. Thanks for the inspiring and motivation post. With more time I’d dedicate it to travel, volunteer time to help others, and being more fit.

  28. Loca Gringa says:

    Ailsa … you continue to make the creative juices flow. Thank you so much for that. Here is my take on “SIMPLIFY” … cheers!

    http://locagringa.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/travel-theme-simplify/

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  34. smkelly8 says:

    The Zen masters know all about simplification: http://wp.me/p1xQ2c-aV

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  36. Jemma Jones says:

    What an interesting post Ailsa…I will need to have a think about this week’s theme…I post will follow soon!!

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  40. Torbjorn says:

    Hello,
    If you like backpacking and simple travel you should do my quiz at:
    http://www.quizmastery.com/quiz-what-vacation-are-you/
    Best wishes / Torbjorn

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