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. Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
So true. So true! (but keep writing while you wander, OK?)
You’ve got yourself a deal, philosophermouseofthehedge! Love your blog, the hawk story makes me sad and angry all at once 😦
Love this bit : “Anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.”
🙂 Me too, it’s true!
Great blog! You are a such a great story teller, which I think is great because I travel with you in each post you write. I need to work on my writing skills – which I have none. I’m inspired by your photography. Your photos are so beautiful. I read your posts a couple of times before moving to the next and each time I see something new.
Thanks for your kind words, Wendy, and for the follow. Welcome aboard the adventure.
We’ve nominated Where’s my backpack? for the Versatile Blogger Award (see http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/03/21/versatile-blogger-award-take-two/). I know that we nominated The Eco and the Id previously, but you’ve started another wonderful blog, and “to him (her 😉 that hath shall be given…”
No obligation to follow the silly rules—do with it what you will…
Hurrah, thanks so much, Vlad, now my travel blog won’t have to be jealous of my nature blog 😉 Popping over to check out your post now. x
Wow. You are an inspiration. I want to be a traveler like you so badly, but I am only 22 and I still can’t get over those budget issues. I love to see what is out there, perhaps make a difference and reach out to people from all walks of life.
Aw, thanks for saying that, Lim Jun Jie, that’s really cool. You know, you have got plenty of time to see the world, when the time is right, it will happen for you. And remember, travel doesn’t have to be expensive.There are plenty of opportunities to work your way around the world. Many of my travels have been supported by finding work in the local country. It’s so much better than just visiting as a tourist; it really gives you an insight into the culture of everyday life and you make some wonderful friends too. And the other real money saver is travelling slowly – if you have the time, taking a boat or a train or even a bike is way more fun than paying top dollar to get stuffed into an airplane and hurtled through the air. I wish you luck in your adventures, and I’d hope you enjoy following mine. xoxo Ailsa
Thanks! May I just ask a question? I am aware of working holidays and that is my intention. Do you find work overseas all by yourself and through connections or other means?
Anyway, thanks for all that suggestions. It means a lot.
As you’re just starting out, it might be easier to get a job before you go, it’s always nice to know you have somewhere to go. There’s lots of seasonal work available at ski resorts, hotels and the like, which is a handy introduction into the world of travel, with the security of a paycheck and somewhere to stay. When I was in college, I used to spend the summer vacations in other countries, doing hotel work or teaching English as a foreign language. Once you’ve chosen where you’d like to go, start researching local businesses that might have seasonal work, and then contact them. The internet is a great resource. xxx
Hey, thanks for that tip. I appreciate that. I hope you get plenty more travels and wonder experiences.
I hope so too. Follow my blog and find out 😉 and let me know how you get on with your travels too!
Looking forward to going through your blog…it looks great!
Likewise Angeline, looking foward to following your adventures!
Gulls can be nasty beasts :D. Your life path is impressive 🙂
Yes, they can, that gull had his moves down! 🙂
Shortening it to Sir Jeff is it?
Madam, your disregard for proper decorum and civility knows no bounds. 😉 I have decided to subscribe to your blog young maiden, in order to keep an eye on you! And when you utter your “Sir Jeff The Rude,” it is I ,SJTR, who shall be there to pounce! 😀
Good day to you!
Cor blimey, guv’nor, that’s me told. I doff my hat to you, sir, and follow you back. 😉
You my Lady, make me laugh! 😀
I wish I could see the look on their face when some other blogger, without knowing I’m the one who came up with the title, reads you calling me Sir Jeff The Rude when leaving a comment or replying to one. Tee Hee 😉
Nice! I look forward to reading more adventures! 😀
Yaay! I hope to have many of them 🙂
Great adventures, I am so jealous. I can’t wait to hear more of your stories!
Thanks, Andrea, I can’t wait to have more stories to tell! 😉
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So you’re the source of all the great photo challenges I’ve seen people posting about! I’m so glad I found you–your photos are gorgeous!
Hurrah, Madame Weebles, so glad you found me. Can I tempt you to join in? 🙂 xxx Ailsa
I think I will! 🙂
hai ailsa! so great to find your blog. I love a travelling too, but maybe I just little unlucky than you. 😀
I just wanna introduce myself, I am Sofy from Indonesia, and I am fpllowing your blog from now. 🙂
Hi Sofy, very happy you found my blog, I hope you enjoy the adventure. xxx Ailsa
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Very nice to “meet” you Ailsa! You’ve got a wonderful eye! Beautiful photos! I’m really enjoying your blog 🙂
Thanks Anne, very nice to ‘meet’ you too, here’s to many shared written adventures together! xxx
You’ve been tagged! No hard feelings if you choose not to participate. 😉
Thanks so much, Ruth, I might try to write a combined blog post at some point when life slows down to thank everyone for their tags and nominations. Really enjoying your blog, just read your post about Partnachklamm, looks amazing. xxx Ailsa
Hello Ailsa! I have just nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award. I visit your blog every so often and always enjoy your beautiful photographs.
Just like the previous poster commented, if you choose not to participate, there’s definitely no hard feelings but in all honesty, it’s all in good fun. You’ve been recognized and I just wanted to show my appreciation.
Well thank you very much, Nando, I really appreciate folks stopping by and letting me know they like my photos. Speaking of photos, I just read your Colorado Springs post, you have some cracking photos there. It’s a part of the US I haven’t visited (yet) but it looks incredibly beautiful.
Thanks Ailsa! Yeah, Colorado in general is super beautiful. I plan to visit in December. Been a while. Get thee to the Springs fast, what are you waiting for?!
loving what you are doing here. added you to my blogroll!
Thank you so much, I am honoured to be on your blogroll. I love your posts each week, looking forward to following more of your adventures in life. xxx Ailsa
🙂 the admiration is mutual
Hi Ailsa, I just nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award, and now I just realized Nando already nominated you!! Oh well, I love your blog and it’s too late now!!
Well thank you very much for the second nomination, catbird, and congrats on yours. Well deserved – I love your blog!
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I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. 🙂 http://spiritualworldtraveler.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/sunshine-award/
I love it, when I think of your adventures I always think of sunshine, the Sunshine Award is that little bit sunnier coming from you. 🙂
I browsed your blog just now and I’m really impressed. Keep it up 🙂
You too, kap10bob, looking forward to following your adventures 🙂
Arrived here from TBM’s blog. Love your blog. Will be following.
Hurray, glad to e-meet you, love that photo of Table Mountain on azulejo 🙂
Help, I’ve been informed and I can’t become igrtanno.
Ailsa, you know, it’s Awards Season and I couldn’t not add your blog to my list of nominations for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I won’t be upset if you can’t find the time to play, but if you can, pop over to check it out: https://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/confessions-awards-and-the-atlas-game/
When I finally get my act together to do a post on the lovely awards I’ve been nominated for, I am totally stealing your Atlas of Me. 🙂
That’ll make interesting reading Ailsa. Look forward to it.
Apropos of which, maybe we should start up a travellers award, just one nominee at each round, with the Atlas Game as its centrepiece? Maybe you could pop in a poll when you do your acceptance speech and see what people think?
Great idea, a travelling travel award 🙂
Ha ha ha:
A little something for you can be found here:
Hurrah, congrats on your beautiful blogger award, Debbie – well-deserved, I might add – and thank you for brightening my day with a shout out too. xxx Ailsa
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Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I (and so many ohers) regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/06/14/in-accordance-with-award-rules-the-nominees-are/
All the best!
Goodness, I’m going to have to come up with some acceptance post for these wonderful awards soon, thanks again for the nomination. 😉
Enjoy the blogging, enjoy the hobbies and enjoy the travel. We will share experiences.Nice friendship between bloggers. I’ve been following your blog, fantastic 😛 Regards
Very happy we’re blogging buddies 🙂
Loved today’s post as usual. What a find!!! And I couldn’t love your blog more. So, I nominated you for 4 awards!! newsofthetimes.org/2012/06/15/thank-yous-and-appreciation-an-embarassment-of-riches/ Do with these whatever feels right. Thanks for a fantastic blog!!
Yowzah, four awards, I don’t know what to say, except thank you four times over! 🙂 Very much appreciated, my friend. 🙂
All deserved, even if you have already won them before. So happy I stumbled upon your blog which helps me stretch and grow with the other side of my mind! 😉
To let you know that I have named your site as one that I enjoy visiting. I hope you get some new traffic to your site as a result. Don’t feel you have to, but if you wish to participate in these awards visit http://lynneayersbeyondthebrush.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/appreciation-and-inspiration/#more-1833 for the rules and regs. And you are entitled to display the icon for the Kreativ Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award on your site … if you aren’t already doing so.
Thanks so much, Lynne, and congratulations on your award. I just started looking at the other blogs you nominated – the Legion of Door Whores is fabulous – yes, I am a door lover too!
Your blog is a lovely find. I look forward to reading about your ongoing adventures both in exotic locations and in your own back yard.
Thanks, Anna Marie. I’m looking forward to following your adventures too 🙂
I liked your blog-it sounds so sincere..keep up the good work and I will keep on reading (so keep on traveling 🙂
You’ve got yourself a deal 🙂 Thanks for the compliment, and you’ve got a pretty great blog yourself.
Hi Ailsa, I nominated you for an award. If you have a moment: http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com
Thanks for the blog love, Amy, and congrats on your well-deserved award too! xxx Ailsa
I suspect we have quite similar tastes! Although you clearly are better at writing and blogging. Unfortunately, I keep getting an error why I try to subscribe to yours 😦
Thanks for the compliment, Jane. Could you let me know which way you were trying to subscribe when you received the error – through the follow button at the top, email subscription or the RSS orange wavy button – so I can contact WordPress to have them look into it. Thanks for letting me know! xxx Ailsa
I’m following! so I won’t miss your posts! 🙂
Yaay, good to see you back, Cedric xxx
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I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Check out the details here: http://sahbinahvioletflynn.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/be-inspired/
Thanks for the nomination, Sahbinah, and congrats on your award. Looking forward to reading your post about cave-camping! xxx
I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can find the details here: http://authenticallyannamarie.wordpress.com/
Thanks Anna Marie, and congratulations on your award. You really do have a lovely blog 🙂
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What a lovely find, stumbling upon your blog. Keep on inspiring others. 🙂
From a fellow crazy traveler and photographer. 🙂
Yaay, thanks Jojie, nice to make your acquaintance, it’s always fun to meet a fellow traveller! 🙂
high five!! 🙂
fascinating!! I look forward to reading more 🙂
Cool, thanks tobyo! xxx Ailsa
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Hi, Ailsa – You may or may not already have done this – it’s a photo challenge through TravelSupermarket.com due 8/29. I thought of you, although I know that’s not much time. My entry’s posted on my blog.
They want to see 5 photos, one each representing Blue, Green, White,Yellow, and Red. If you’re interested, the data is here:
Hi TRS, just caught this comment now – yhup, been on the road so much I totally missed out on this contest, sounds like it was a lot of fun though!
We’ve nominated you for the “Capture the Colour” contest. See details at http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/08/27/capture-the-colour/. We’d love to see your photos in response to this challenge! (However, there’s a deadline soon, and we know you are traveling…)
Darn it, I would love to have entered, but being on the road got in the way. Fab shots, Vlad, the white one is stunning and I love how the green and yellow pop out from the other colours too.
Ailsa, you are so my favorite for so many reasons, not the least of which is how much you have inspired me to further my passion for photography. So thank you for that. I love your blog and have nominated you for several awards! Please don’t feel obligated to participate – just know that you are appreciated. Here’s the post: http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/28/tuesday-tunes-ramble-on-and-awards-galore/ Keep up the great work!
Hi Jen, thanks so much for the blog love, and happy belated birthday, looks like I missed it being on the road. Hope you had a wonderful trip! xxx
I love your blog! I’m a world traveler also! Where are you currently traveling to?
Nice to meet a fellow traveller, Infinite Journey – I’m on the west coast of the US right now, where are you? xxx
I am in Tennessee right now and Tasha is in Florida. We leave in a couple of months for central America. What made you start traveling? We are doing a year long documentary project that includes the stories of other travelers! I hope we cross paths, I would love to capture your story to share with others 🙂
Very cool, Infinite Journey, gosh, I can’t quite remember a time when I wasn’t travelling, at least for some part of the year at any rate. It’s part and parcel of being Irish, I suspect. 😉
Awesome blog! I see myself coming back for more interesting posts. I love to wander around just like what you are doing. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for your kind words, GraCess Mommy, and welcome aboard the adventure. xxx
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