How Travel Sparks Creativity – Episode 52 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Do you feel more creative when you travel? I often feel a real spark of creativity when I'm travelling and wondered if I was alone - according to the guests I speak to for this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I definitely am not! I often come home with long lists of ideas: blog post ideas, … [Read more...]

Reverse Culture Shock – Episode 51 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you've experienced reverse culture shock before, you'll completely empathise with my guests today. If you haven't, you might think it's a sadness experienced by very lucky people who should get over themselves. I promise, having experienced it myself, it's not that simple. Yes, we're very … [Read more...]

Travel journals, photo books, story maps and more travel memory makers

When you travel the world, how do you remember the experiences you have? I was chatting with some fellow bloggers about this recently and these conversations reminded me just how many variations on a travel journal there are. Gone are the days when a simple handwritten travel diary was the only … [Read more...]

Cold or Sick? Adversity on Your Travels – Episode 50 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've just come back from some sunny days south of Mandurah, Western Australia, staying with my dad and stepmother: my dad, who is turning 80 this year (not that you'd know it to follow him on his chores around his bush block) but what's remarkable to me is he still has never seen snow fall. He's … [Read more...]

Understanding History Through Travel – Episode 49 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've always loved history and enjoyed studying it at school, but sometimes I notice that I'm really well-informed on some kinds of history and not others. And what that mostly comes down to is whether or not I've travelled to the place concerned! Yep, understanding history logically can be strongly … [Read more...]

7 things Aussies don’t know about Barbados

If you're not Australian, let me tell you a secret: we Aussies mostly think that islands like Barbados are part of an utterly mysterious paradise. We learn about them from songs (more on that below), the opening ceremony of the Olympics (all those places we didn't know were countries) and we … [Read more...]

The Grateful Anniversary Episode – Episode 48 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Happy first birthday to The Thoughtful Travel Podcast! I'm celebrating this milestone by chatting with some fabulous travellers who I most likely would never have met without this podcast as an excuse. If I thought having a travel blog was a great opening line to meet people, I had no idea how much … [Read more...]

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...]