Taking Tours on Your Travels – Episode 47 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How often do you take a tour when you go travelling? In my case it's a pretty rare event, but after the chats I had with the guests in today's episode I think I'll be more open in my approach. There are definitely more kinds of tours these days and especially short trips and day tours where there … [Read more...]

A week in Kansai: Fanning the flames of my love for Japan

I'm a little bit obsessed with the Kansai region of Japan. #sorrynotsorry Last year I got to spend a week in Kansai on a blogger trip and although it was probably the busiest week of my entire life, every second of it was an absolute joy. Thirteen years after I left Osaka (I lived in Osaka and … [Read more...]

Online or Off? Friendships and Travel – Episode 46 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling to see amazing places is wonderful. But the kind of travel that either introduces you to new friends or cements incredible friendships with people you've already met - whether online or offline - is absolutely my favourite travel of all. I have made both short-term and long-term … [Read more...]

Ways to Experience Nature on Your Travels – Episode 45 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Even though I'm basically a city girl at heart, getting out into nature regularly is still really important to me, and I'm regularly totally blown away by some of the amazing nature experiences I encounter on my travels. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I asked some of my … [Read more...]

Bringing art to the people: Sculpture by the Sea in Perth

You know I love Perth beaches, but I tend to avoid the busier beaches like Cottesloe Beach except for this particular time of year - because the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibit opened this week, and I never miss it. I love to see the sculptures, because they're always so varied, but more than … [Read more...]

How to Embrace Slow Travel – Episode 44 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I am definitely an advocate of slow travel. And I will continue to talk about it until more people decide they want to try it. Have you heard my theory of very-slow-travel? When I lived in Slovakia, after two years in Japan, I came up with the idea that you need to live in a foreign place for at … [Read more...]

How to enjoy Perth beaches

There's a part of the coast road, heading north from Scarborough in suburban Perth, that I think plenty of Western Australian people will know: the moment when you've just curved around after the hotels of Scarborough, come up a bit of a crest and suddenly the Indian Ocean is just laid out before … [Read more...]

How Authors Travel to Research Their Novels – Episode 43 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

There are all kinds of professions which involve travel but I didn't realise until I watched a friend doing it that being a novelist was one that could give you a reason to see the world. That sparked my idea of speaking with a bunch of writers about how they travel as part of the research for their … [Read more...]

Great Travel Souvenirs – Episode 42 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Gone are the days - for me - when I buy dozens of crappy souvenirs of a place - but I still love checking out souvenir shops and I also love hunting for something really special to take home to remember a place. Plus I've got a young son - and kids are notorious for looking for the rubbishy … [Read more...]

The Aussie bush – what Australians mean when they talk about the bush

When you grow up knowing something intimately, it's easy to forget that people in other parts of the world won't know what you're talking about. That's exactly what happens to me time and time again when I talk to non-Australians about "the bush". It's something I often talk about, maybe … [Read more...]