Home away from home: Travel Photo Roulette #115

I was a winner this week!

Well, the coffee maker pictured below, who I spotted at the Chatuchak Markets in Bangkok recently, was really the winner – I entered this photo in the travel bloggers’ “Photo Roulette” contest for the topic of “thirst quenching” and was declared the winner.

 

Coffee maker at Chatuchak Markets, Bangkok

Thirst quenching – a coffee maker at Chatuchak Markets, Bangkok

The key responsibility of the winner is to host the next round of Photo Roulette, so here goes:

The theme for Photo Roulette #115 is: Home away from home

When I went to Bangkok recently for a conference, I stayed in a good business hotel. It was lovely, but it could have been anywhere in the world – it didn’t give me the feeling of having a home away from home, but rather a cookie-cutter reproduction of a nice hotel (which is definitely different to how my home looks – plus nobody comes to make my bed every day here!).

But whatever your version of home away from home is – that’s what you can enter in this round of Photo Roulette. My contribution is one of my favourite homes away from home this year – an Icelandic Airbnb cabin we stayed in half way up “Iceland’s most beautiful mountain”, Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. I loved its location, the comfort of the cabin and, well, did I mention the location? I’ve been dreaming ever since of returning to Iceland and I guess that’s a true sign of a place being a home away from home.

Home away from home - cottage at Kirkjufell in western Iceland

Home away from home – cottage at Kirkjufell in western Iceland

And the winner is …

I got my husband to be the judge, and he has chosen:

Emily of Nibble, Sip, Wander:

Where do I begin? Can my home be my home away from home? That’s a mouthful. Being an expat living in Italy, my family home feels like my home away from home. But that’s too literal. In Italy, my husband and I have a favorite restaurant in the small Tuscan town of Monticchiello called La Porta. My husband has been going there for over ten years, and it’s become a tradition for us to go once every couple of months (even though it is a three hour drive from our current home). I feel so at peace sitting on the terrace, looking over at the rolling hills of the Val D’Orcia. So at home.

Travel Photo Roulette - La Porta restaurant

Tuscan restaurant La Porta, from Emily of Nibble, Sip, Wander

 

Entries for Home away from home Photo Roulette

As entries are submitted, I’ll post them here … as per the details below …

Anne of Let Me Be Free has submitted a photo of a totally cute cabin in Vermont where she lived while working at a summer camp in the United States.

United States summer camp cabin

Anne of Let Me Be Free – a summer camp home in the USA

Anne of Music and Markets:

Sometimes you pull up to your lodging for the night and at first glance think, “oh I’d love to live here!”. And isn’t it great when the feeling continues…through the inviting common areas of the hotel, up the stairs to your spacious and elegant bedroom. The marvelous Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter, the Cotswolds, would be my choice for the best Home Away from Home!

Travel Photo Roulette - Arrival Lords of the Manor

Anne of Music and Markets – in the Cotswolds

Josie of House Sitting Travel:

On Conrad’s and my first house sit in Naerum, an upscale suburb of Copenhagen, I spent a good portion of my mornings working. The lovely back garden was a nice spot, private enough for me to still be in my PJs, writing on my laptop. We made it a very lovely place to have our home away from home for six weeks, and the two dogs Erin and Georgia seemed quite happy with the arrangement, too.

Copenhagen house sit - home away from home photo roulette

Josie of House Sitting Travel – Copenhagen house sit

Red Nomad Oz:

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of micro-nations and even bought the Lonely Planet Guide to see how they’d been set up. Then I realised I’ve actually got my OWN micro-nation! Our 1983 Jayco Dove Camper trailer accompanies us on most of our travels in OZ – it’s a cocoon, retreat and home away from home all rolled into one neat, portable package!

Poddy Creek - Travel Photo Roulette Home Away From Home

Poddy Creek – and the home-away-from-home camper trailer

 

Amy of Two Drifters:

It might seem silly, but my home away from home is anywhere I go with this guy right here. As a traveling couple, Nathan and I are always on the go, discovering new places and spaces, as we make new little homes everywhere we go. But no place would feel like home without him.

Home away from home - photo travel roulette - two drifters

Amy and Nathan of Two Drifters

Jean of Traveling Honeybird:

Of her horse-riding trip through Mongolia:

Home is where the horse is … I’ve never felt more at home away from home than when I stepped into a ger. Fresh brewed tea, happy faces and complete acceptance despite the enormous language barrier.

Mongolian ger - Traveling Honeybird - Travel photo roulette

Mongolian ger from Jean – Traveling Honeybird

Tash of Jouljet:

Staying in a ger tent in the middle of Mongolia has been one of the most “home” experiences for me. No electricity, none of the mod-cons that we find we really don’t need in such instances – just a bed, a pot bellied stove to keep us warm at night, and good company! Such a real experience!

Oh, snap Jean! This experience is what come to mind instantly when I read about Amanda’s theme!

Mongolian ger - travel photo roulette from Jouljet

Mongolian ger from Tash of Jouljet

Carole of Travels with Carole:

The Crescent Hotel in London is my home away from home when I am in London. I’ve stayed there five or six times. It is an inexpensive homey B&B located in a quiet part of Bloomsbury and fronting a sweet mini-park with tennis courts and a playground. Several times I have spent a few days in a nicer, more expensive London hotel, then, to balance the budget, moved here for the rest of my stay. One time my husband helped the front desk fix a problem with their computer and they kindly erased our bill–or at least we were never charged!

Crescent Hotel in London for Travel Photo Roulette

Crescent Hotel in London from Travels with Carole

Brent of Travel & Landscape Photography:

I love visiting churches on vacation. I find it is often the best place to mingle with real locals and feel like you are at home. I made it to this church just as mass was starting. (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico).

Downtown San Jose Del Cabo for Travel Photo Roulette

Church in San Jose Del Cabo from Brent

Suzanne of Boomeresque:

My home away from our home in Philadelphia is a poorly constructed townhouse that we overpaid for in Brigantine, New Jersey, a fairly nondescript New Jersey beach town on the first barrier island north of Atlantic City. The house itself is not lovely, but the ever changing views of the small lagoon behind our house nourish my soul. (How trite is that?) My photo is of one of the frequently mesmerizing sunsets.

Suzanne of Boomeresque - Travel Photo Roulette entry

Sunset at New Jersey beach town from Suzanne of Boomeresque

Travel Photo Roulette guidelines

  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (i.e. using Photoshop to remove elements) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase – and the connection is comprehensible!
  • Keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (800 pixels wide is good)
  • If you win, you will host the next round (runs for 7 days) and so choose the next theme: Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments” or with a dash of focus such as “monuments at night”, which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque,” or “Overlooking Creation.”
  • Themes can be reused after 1 year, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  • Most importantly, all photographs must be your own. One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to submit your entry

To enter the Travel Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with:

  • a link to the image (whether Flickr, 500px, Trover, Smugmug, etc. or your own site) and
  • a short description/background/caption as to where/why/how this image quenches your thirst.

I’ll be uploading *your* photos into the post during the week so check back to watch the competition grow.

Submissions will close on Saturday November 7th 2015 at midnight GMT.
I’ll select and announce (plus notify by email) the winner on Sunday 8th November 2015.
The winner will then host the next round of Travel Photo Roulette #116.

Don’t forget to share on your social media channels with the hashtag #photoroulette and remember, the more participants, the better the array of images and the more fun for viewing.

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Comments

  1. This little cabin was my home for while I worked at a summer camp in the USA.
    https://letmebefreeblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/028_027.jpg

  2. http://musicandmarkets.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/09231501-Arrival-Lords-of-the-Manor.jpg
    Sometimes you pull up to your lodging for the night and at first glance think, “oh I’d love to live here!”. And isn’t it great when the feeling continues…through the inviting common areas of the hotel, up the stairs to your spacious and elegant bedroom. The marvelous Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter, the Cotswolds, would be my choice for the best Home Away from Home!
    http://musicandmarkets.com/blog/the-cream-of-the-cotswolds/

  3. Hi Amanda,

    Congrats on your win — the two-pitchered pour is indeed fun and amazing!

    http://www.housesittingtravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Europe-2010-348.jpg

    On Conrad’s and my first house sit in Naerum, an upscale suburb of Copenhagen, I spent a good portion of my mornings working. The lovely back garden was a nice spot, private enough for me to still be in my PJs, writing on my laptop. We made it a very lovely place to have our home away from home for six weeks, and the two dogs Erin and Georgia seemed quite happy with the arrangement, too.

    Warm Regards,
    ~Josie

    • Thanks for your entry Josie! It does look like a lovely spot. I guess it was summer? I really must look into some house sitting in the future (especially when pets come with it, perfect).

  4. Haha, that coffee photo is AWESOME!

    I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of micro-nations and even bought the Lonely Planet Guide to see how they’d been set up. Then I realised I’ve actually got my OWN micro-nation! Our 1983 Jayco Dove Camper trailer accompanies us on most of our travels in OZ – it’s a cocoon, retreat and home away from home all rolled into one neat, portable package!

    Here’s a photo of it:
    http://www.redzaustralia.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Poddy-Creek.jpg

  5. It might seem silly, but my home away from home is anywhere I go with this guy right here. As a traveling couple, Nathan & I always on the go, discovering new places and spaces, as we make new little homes everywhere we go. But no place would feel like home without him.

    http://www.twodrifters.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/5021557_orig.jpg

  6. Home is where the horse is-

    I’ve never felt more at home away from home than when I stepped into a ger. Fresh brewed tea, happy faces and complete acceptance despite the enormous language barrier.
    http://www.travelinghoneybird.com/72898

  7. http://jouljetgallery.blogspot.com/2015/11/home-away-from-home-travel-photo.html

    Staying in a ger tent in the middle of Mongolia has been one of the most “home” experiences for me. No electricity, none of the mod-cons that we find we really don’t need in such instances – just a bed, a pot bellied stove to keep us warm at night, and good company! Such a real experience!

    Oh, snap Jean! This experience is what come to mind instantly when I read about Amanda’s theme!

    • I love your photo Tash – glad you found it. I really must get myself to Mongolia! I nearly did (was planning a Trans-Mongolian trip a decade ago, with a trip starting from Hong Kong, then SARS hit and I couldn’t get any flights into Hong Kong – so ended up doing Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok instead – also fabulous!).
      Also, do you know Jean? You should! I’ll check on Twitter!

  8. http://www.berkeleyandbeyond.com/pics/london.jpg

    The Crescent Hotel in London is my home away from home when I am in London. I’ve stayed there five or six times. It is an inexpensive homey B&B located in a quiet part of Bloomsbury and fronting a sweet mini-park with tennis courts and a playground. Several times I have spent a few days in a nicer, more expensive London hotel, then, to balance the budget, moved here for the rest of my stay. One time my husband helped the front desk fix a problem with their computer and they kindly erased our bill–or at least we were never charged!

    http://travelswithcarole.blogspot.com/2010/06/great-sleeps-crescent-hotel-london.html

  9. http://brentsfavoritephotos.blogspot.com/2015/07/mision-san-jose-fixed-perspective.html

    I love visiting churches on vacation. I find it is often the best place to mingle with real locals and feel like you are at home. I made it to this church just as mass was starting.

  10. Congratulations on your winning photo.

    My home away from our home in Philadelphia is a poorly constructed townhouse that we overpaid for in Brigantine, New Jersey, a fairly nondescript New Jersey beach town on the first barrier island north of Atlantic City. The house itself is not lovely, but the ever changing views of the small lagoon behind our house nourish my soul. (How trite is that?) My photo is of one of the frequently mesmerizing sunsets.
    http://www.boomeresque.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/20150813_200617-e1446703599994.jpg

  11. Where do I begin? Can my home be my home away from home? That’s a mouthful. Being an expat living in Italy, my family home feels like my home away from home. But that’s too literal. In Italy, my husband and I have a favorite restaurant in the small Tuscan town of Monticchiello called La Porta. My husband has been going there for over ten years, and it’s become a tradition for us to go once every couple of months (even though it is a three hour drive from our current home). I feel so at peace sitting on the terrace, looking over at the rolling hills of the Val D’Orcia. So at home.
    https://scontent-mxp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10151365_10101793602493410_554817499572501955_n.jpg?oh=ffc5278638d4567d3c1d6f732fb5c486&oe=56F90A5A

  12. Congratulations on your win Amanda, you certainly know how to enter the winning photo (still thinking of your great, winning entry for the Virgin comp at ProBlogger last year). I can’t believed I missed the competition, I had it in my head that it finished today. Never mind, I was going to submit a photo of a beautiful wooden sailing boat that now serves as liveaboard dive boat I spent 3 days on during my time in the Maldives.
    Great to read everybody’s entries; I’ll have to try the Crescent Hotel in London one day.

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