The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 20 – English Names, Widows and PNG in the 1950s

It's funny how, when you're producing something weekly and you just keep plodding along, you can very quickly start reaching big numbers, like 20. Big to me, anyway, to think that this is the 20th episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, something I've imagined making for so long and finally this … [Read More...]

Thailand, elephants and combining them right

I've been meaning to write about Thailand, and elephants, for the longest time, but this week I got to interview my lovely friend Diana of DTravelsRound for the podcast and of course I asked her to talk about some of her experiences with elephants in Thailand. She's the whole reason I got interested … [Read More...]

Travel daydreaming: Returning to Malaysia

During winter I often think about escaping to a more tropical zone - even though winter here in Perth really isn’t cold on a world scale (and as I type this, it’s a bright sunny day) - but I am … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 19 – Travelling with Kids is Good for Everyone

You do not want to try telling me that it's a waste of time to take kids travelling. (You don't want to tell my first guest this either, because she has just as strong opinions as I do!) I'm totally … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 18 – Cultural Fusion and Confusion

I guess there was a time when different nationalities around the world barely interacted and didn't know much about each other's cultures - but those days are long gone now. I think many travellers … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 17 – What Sparks Wanderlust?

Wanderlust is such a lovely word for a feeling that's not always easy to live with (you can't always travel whenever you want). If you check out Wikipedia's discussion of wanderlust you might be … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 16 – On Grief and Travel

Every Tuesday morning I sit down to breakfast with my son and we listen to the new episode of my podcast together. That's the main reason I ask my guests not to swear, but it was only as we sat down … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 15 – Travel Builds Confidence, So Do It!

The very first story I ever told on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast (way back in Episode 0) was a tale of a very important (yet seemingly random) moment in my travelling life when I realised that … [Read More...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 14 – Feel the Fear and Travel Anyway

Why do we always want to talk about the scary experiences we've had on our travels? I think that basically we're all proud of having overcome confronting situations in foreign countries (I know I am!) … [Read More...]