Getting Past Travel Anxiety – Episode 71 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Ah. Travel anxiety. All the best of us get it, whether we're anxious about flying, or worried before we even leave or perhaps more concerned about what will happen when we get there. But you know what? I think all of this is actually a pretty good thing - it means we're stretching the edge of our … [Read more...]

Growing Up in Different Cultures – Episode 70 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you love The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - help us out by reviewing it on iTunes - thanks in advance! Kids are sponges and so capable of learning immense amounts from travelling around the world - and living in different places too. I sometimes think my son will have a "too stable" childhood - … [Read more...]

Travel Mistakes – Episode 69 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you love The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - help us out by reviewing it on iTunes - thanks in advance! Ah, travel mistakes. We all make them. If we don't, we're doing something wrong! At least that's what I tell myself every time I do something dumb when I'm travelling (which is at least once … [Read more...]

Solo Travel Tips – Episode 68 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I relish the rare chances I get to travel solo; I envisage more solo travel stints in my future! In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I get to speak with three people who've done a whole heap of solo travel and have lots of thoughtful things to say about it. And on top of that, all … [Read more...]

Exploring Western Australia – Episode 67 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My home state of Western Australia is one of those places that is extra special because it's really far from everywhere. While I (fairly often) complain about it being a long distance to get to "the rest of the world" from WA, I realise that this is probably one of the main reasons it's so … [Read more...]

One day I will teach ESL again …

I was working away at my desk yesterday when a Facebook message notification popped up on my screen. I usually ignore them, but this one was from one of my Korean students from eight years ago when I was last teaching English as a second language, or ESL. Connecting with people through ESL … [Read more...]

On Taking Your Kids Travelling – Episode 66 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The topic comes up regularly in everyday conversation for me - the value of taking your kids travelling. Don't get me started on the "but they won't remember it!" argument, or we'll be here all day! Of course, I love talking to like-minded people about the trips they've done with their children … [Read more...]

First Trips – Episode 65 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast returns after a break to deal with changing from a network to just lil' ol me and we are talking all about first trips. I explain what I remember of my first trip abroad - to Hong Kong, en route to Europe - in some detail in the early part of this episode, but what I … [Read more...]

Exploring Legoland Malaysia slowly with a seven-year-old boy

My name is Amanda, and I have a son who is addicted to Lego. Clearly the solution to this addiction was to take him to the nearest Legoland, stat! Legoland Malaysia is in Johor Bahru, the southern-most part of Malaysia, and just across the border from Singapore. I snapped up some cheap flights … [Read more...]

Travel and Foreign Languages – Episode 64 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Language learning is just about one of my very favourite travel-related topics so I loved putting together this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I had an interesting chat with a bunch of travel bloggers at a dinner in Melbourne over the weekend about languages, and we all basically agreed … [Read more...]