I remember seeing the rainbow-coloured posts of my fellow bloggers who entered this contest last year. I didn’t quite get my bum in gear to do one of my own but luckily this year, blogger and contest judge, Abigail King has nominated me to take part and thus kicked me into action.
The concept is simple. You just select a photo from each of the colour groups (red, yellow, blue, green and white) and explain what it is and why it is important to you. Not only did I enjoy the exercise of digging through my photo archives for some vibrant memories but there is a £3000 travel prize up for grabs for the overall winner.
So, without further ado, these are the colourful moments I have captured on my travels. For more information on the contest being run by Travel Supermarket, as well as information on how to enter yourself, please visit this very clear post by Abi.
As soon as I considered the red category I thought of Australia’s Red Centre. Although the Red Centre is surprisingly green in parts, the red track pictured above is representative of most of the area’s endless deserted roads. My journey into the Red Centre, where I spent a night camping under the stars and in the shadow of Uluru (Ayre’s Rock) was one of my travel highlights of 2012.
This yellow scooter was parked outside our hotel in a narrow alley of Hanoi’s Old Town. The home opposite set up an impromptu shrine each morning including cages of chirruping birds. It made navigating our way back to the hotel through the sprawling Old Town much easier having this point of reference. Although I didn’t enjoy my first visit to Vietnam, returning recently (with a good man to accompany me and years more of travel experience) I managed to see the beauty beneath the chaos. This image represents, to me, that change of heart.
There were many images that could have been my blue entry; the waters of Bermuda, the caves of Barbados, an island off the coast of Cuba. But eventually I had to choose one and I went with something a bit different. On a trip to New York this Easter we took a ride to the Top of The Rockefeller Centre and were treated with this view. The clear blue sky reflecting off the skyscrapers of Manhatten, Lady Liberty just about distinguishable in the far off distance. It’s not everyday you get to see one of the world’s most iconic skylines from this perspective.
Iceland – a land known for its Blue Lagoon and not so well known for it’s rolling green hills hiding majestic waterfalls. From Rejavik we hired a car and drove for miles through this strange land (a mix of Mars and Lord of the Rings) to find this natural wonder known as Seljalandsfoss. As the clouds parted and a beam of sun poked through, a rainbow appeared across the flow of water. A truly enchanting moment.
In the main tourist sections of Havana buildings are painted a gelataria’s worth of ice cream colours. But exploring the back streets, following the locals rather than the tour groups, I found this white car in front of a crumbling building. This faded splendour and hint of bygone glamour, I feel, represents Cuba more aptly than the carnival of colour found on the well-trodden tourist trail.
So that’s my five. What do you think?
Entrants are asked to nominate 5 other bloggers to take part too. My 5 nominations are 5 of my favourite female travel bloggers:
Monica Stott from The Travel Hack
Vicky Philpott from Vicky Flip Flop Travels
Jaillan Yehia from Savoir There
Jen Lowthrop from She Gets Around
Frankie Bird from As The Bird Flies
Good luck all!