Travel theme: Belonging

Looking at the photos of the Fremont dinosaurs I am struck by how much they seem to belong where they are, and I thought that might make an interesting topic for this week’s travel theme. What does belonging mean? It could be a treasured possession that belongs to one person – like Winnie-the-Pooh belonged to Christopher Robin…

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The original Winnie-the-Pooh looking a little homesick; it’s a long way from New York to 100 Acre Wood.

…or a park that belongs to a nation.

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Grand Tetons National Park

It could be a community that creates a sense of belonging…

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Circle of hands at Holi Festival

… or just one special person.


It could be something so old it can’t help but belong…

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Temples at dawn in Tikal

…or a place you know so well it feels like home.

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What does belonging mean to you? 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: Belonging
  • 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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xxx Ailsa

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. – Aldo Leopold

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. – Walt Whitman



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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74 Responses to Travel theme: Belonging

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  3. Leya says:

    A n interesting theme – I’ll have to think about what could fit…Your shots are interesting choices too, and the Tetons look just gorgeous. So…I’ll have to think…

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  5. The hands, the bear, all of your photos belong! To themselves, and to you. Thanks for another great challenge, Ailsa.
    Here’s my expression of belonging:

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  7. Leya says:

    thinking cap removed – here’s the result…hope you like it.

  8. Laura says:

    whoa! This is fate. I totally wrote a blog post today about belonging and I had never heard of your blog. My friend told me about this post of yours. We must’ve been on the same wavelength!

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  10. tgeriatrix says:

    All your pics are great, but my favorite is the one with the special person. I have to think about this theme a bit.

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  12. Francesca says:

    Thanks Ailsa for your inspiring thoughts and photos on this theme. Here is mine,

  13. suej says:

    This is going to be interesting, Ailsa!

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  25. Great prompt for this week. so important for all of us to feel a sense of belonging, and my last photo in the post is just for a bit of fun…

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  31. Cee Neuner says:

    I adore the hands… Great photos for this week and great topic.
    Here is my entry. ENJOY.

  32. Tish Farrell says:

    Here’s my belonging, Ailsa: two big lion cubs: siblings

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  34. tchistorygal says:

    Belonging is so universal, the more I thought about it, the more I felt like I needed to write about it. Here is just one angle of the many ways I considered taking this theme. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂

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    This one was hard to resist – kids and adults alike! Please have a look at

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  39. B. says:

    I love this theme! Finally used some pictures I took in Thailand.

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