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...]

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...]