Housesitting While Travelling – Episode 89 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

This is another well-timed episode because I'll be travelling in Japan when it airs, knowing that at home in Perth I have a brilliant housesitter taking care of everything - including my lovely cats. I have only done a little housesitting in my time - and more frequently used a housesitter, … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Travel Kindness – Episode 88 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As this episode airs, I'm a day away from returning to Japan with my son - and Japan is the place I know I was blessed with so very many random acts of travel kindness, both when I lived there and on my return visit a couple of years ago. So it's timely to look back on some of those moments were a … [Read more...]

Travelling With Your Parents – Episode 87 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling with your parents as an adult is an interesting experience. It can be an amazing way to create beautiful family memories and it can be a short-cut to extreme arguments - or so I'm told, because I know I've been very lucky to have had only wonderful experiences on trips with my parents. … [Read more...]

How to prepare your kids for a trip to Japan

If you're planning a Japan family holiday, you probably want to prepare your kids for Japan ahead of time. It's an utterly wonderful country to visit but probably pretty different in quite a few ways from home. Learning about Japan and Japanese culture before you get there will make the trip both … [Read more...]

Travel and Self Development – Episode 86 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Why do we travel? It's a big question! While we might on the surface think we're travelling to have a break, or to see something new, or to go and visit friends or family, there is always something more underneath it. There are so many fabulous reasons to travel abroad (or even nearby) and I am sure … [Read more...]

What parents learn from kids when travelling

My series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling continues with a great story from Jessica of Magnets From Everywhere. I love it because the lesson she and her husband learnt about travelling pre-kids and once kids arrived is a very similar one to what I've learnt in the nearly … [Read more...]

Cross Cultural Kids – Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's been happening for decades but I'm sure it's more common than ever before: third culture kids (TCK) or cross cultural kids who grow up somewhere away from where there parents consider home and end up being quite multicultural in their thinking. I'm fascinated by the idea and having taught … [Read more...]

Adventures Abroad in Nature – Episode 84 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Nature is amazing, right? I'm a city girl, born and bred, and many of us don't get outside the city too often. But if your adventures abroad take you into nature you can see some truly phenomenal things, and some of these feature in the stories my guests have to tell you in this episode of the … [Read more...]

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) – Episode 83 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Teaching English as a second language has played a very important role in my life (and the life of this blog, in fact!). It was for a TESOL/TEFL job that I left Australia and lived in Japan, Slovakia and Germany - this was "back in the day" when earning money online wasn't a thing, and teaching … [Read more...]

Should I try hitchhiking? Lessons from Jub’s rides

Next in my series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling is this beauty all about hitchhiking - and what you can learn from it. I've sometimes wondered if I should try hitchhiking - I've never done it and it makes me nervous, but I'll never say never, and I know heaps of people … [Read more...]