Cultural Differences Around the World – Episode 79 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's pretty common to bump into cultural differences when you travel, and even more so to uncover them if you're living and working in a foreign country - over the years I have certainly discovered a truckload of them, often about topics I never would have imagined - like how Australians wash their … [Read more...]

Border Crossings in Europe, Africa and Asia – Episode 78 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Crossing a border into a new country is something that still fascinates me, having grown up in a country that doesn't have any physical borders to cross (even the state border is a two-day drive away and something I've only ever done once in my life). When I lived in Europe, border crossings started … [Read more...]

A month or two in New York City (some day)

A decade or so ago I spent five days in New York City. Five days was absolutely nowhere near long enough! It was all the time I had, being about to move from Germany to Australia, but from the minute I arrived - and checked into a YMCA hostel near Central Park - I knew that some day I would have … [Read more...]

The Unstoppable Urge to Travel – Episode 77 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Why do I travel? Mostly just because I can't NOT travel. I really have this unstoppable urge to travel. Life gets in the way all the time - the bank doesn't take frequent flyer miles as mortgage payments; my seven-year-old likes going to school and the government want him to go pretty often; I have … [Read more...]

The Kindness of Strangers on Your Travels – Episode 76 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes it's hard to talk to strangers. It seems a bit easier when you travel, because everyone's a stranger. And the best part: strangers often turn out to be incredibly kind and helpful, and leave you with great stories to tell on my podcast sometime down the track! And that's exactly what's … [Read more...]

Around Australia: The art of the great Aussie road trip

Australia is a huge country, with a very, very long coastline (nearly 36,000km in fact - and a third of that is just my home state, Western Australia!). It's also pretty beautiful, and varied - as you'd expect across that distance - and it just seems to be sitting there on a map, asking you to drive … [Read more...]

Travels with kids and Jack the toy bear

I quite often talk about the joys (and challenges) of travelling with kids, mostly because I'm so strongly convinced that travel is a wonderful learning experience for children, in so many different ways. Travelling with kids for memories and landmarks in time But there's another reason that … [Read more...]

Travels in Nature – Episode 75 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Growing up in the city means that although I do prefer to live in an urban environment, the thrill of getting away into nature is always a thrill and something I don't think I'll ever get bored of. So many of the most memorable moments of my travelling life have been out in nature - atop Mt Fuji in … [Read more...]

First Solo Adventures – Episode 74 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Hands up if you love solo travel? Not everybody does, though I firmly believe that everybody should try it at least once, just to see if it truly suits them or not. There are pros and cons which we've talked about in previous episodes (like the one on solo travel tips) but there are, of course, pros … [Read more...]

When Things Go Wrong – Episode 73 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Ever had something go wrong when you're travelling? Honestly, I think it's a sign of a good trip if a few things go wrong. And nearly always, something going wrong leads to something happening that's serendipitous and funny and interesting. At the very least, it makes a good story to tell on a … [Read more...]