The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 11 – The Magic of Getting Lost

Hands up if you've ever got lost while you're travelling! I'm pretty sure 99.9% of you just raised your hands. I would definitely have to raise more hands than I had to represent how many times I've got spectacularly lost on my travels. But the good thing is that pretty much every one of those … [Read More...]

7 benefits of travel that research actually proves (in case you need a reason)

Is travel good for you? I have ZERO doubt that travel is GREAT for you! But being an old academic at heart (little known fact: one of my previous lives was as a university lecturer and I have half a PhD), I have been tinkering with the idea of different ways to prove the many benefits of … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 10: How to Cope in Another Language

Figuring out how to communicate in a language you just don't speak can be both stressful and hilarious when we travel. Personally I usually find it hilarious, but there are certainly some times when … [Read More...]

Confession: I do keep count of the countries I’ve visited

I've been to 43 countries so far. Yes, I know the number off the top of my head because yes, I'm almost a little ashamed to say, I do keep count of how many countries I've visited. I know that a real … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 9 – The Story’s in the Scary Bits

When my podcast guests and I start planning what we're going to talk about on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I show them a list of potential topics and do you know what the most popular choice of all … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 8 – Travel with Kids and Kids on Travel

I was super-lucky to get to travel when I was a kid - six months around Europe in a campervan being the most significant chunk of travelling I got to do, and it shaped so much about my life - I'm … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 7 – Unexpected Travel Friends (and Monks on Facebook)

If you were to scroll through my list of Facebook friends, you'll find people of all different nationalities. Quite a lot of them are people I've taught English to over the years, but some of them are … [Read More...]

Anzac Day explainer, although it’s too complex for me to explain

Two things you need to know about me, before I attempt to explain Anzac Day: I'm a massive pacifist. War terrifies me. Anything that leaves people dead for no good reason makes me cry. And guns - … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 6 – Surprise! Travel Expectations and Lessons

I'm constantly surprised by the things that happen when I travel, and it turns out this feeling is shared by many of my fellow travellers. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I got to … [Read More...]