Going back to Japan – what it’s like to return to your ex-pat home

It was so exciting earlier this year to be returning to my ex-pat home, Osaka, to show my son where I used to live. I’ve talked to him about various aspects of my life in Osaka and Nara over the years - I lived and worked there for two years between 2001 and 2003 - but there’s nothing like being … [Read more...]

Child-Friendly Cultures for Travellers – Episode 102 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Before I went on my recent trip to Fiji, a friend of mine who's taken her kids to a million different countries (okay, closer to 40, but still a lot!) told me that Fiji was the most child-friendly culture she had ever come across. That was a big call coming from someone that well-travelled but it … [Read more...]

Destinations Worth Visiting Twice – Episode 101 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes I just want to go to completely new places when I travel, but sometimes it can also be really fun to return to a destination you've visited before. I started asking some of my podcast guests about the destinations they always return to and got some very interesting answers! Show … [Read more...]

Thoughtful travel and empowerment tourism in Fiji with Hands On Journeys

"Do you want to come to Fiji with me in a couple of weeks?" I asked my son, a bit of a random question for a Sunday afternoon. "Where is it and what does it look like?" I showed him the brochure I'd got. I got an enthusiastic yes. (Who's surprised?!) (Pre-reading warning: Hands On … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes – Episode 100 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Woohoo!!! My podcast has turned 100! Well, we have reach the 100th episode, at least, and that seems like an awesome milestone to celebrate, right? My podcast has been one of the most joyous things I've done during the past couple of years - honestly, a time that has been quite chaotic as it's … [Read more...]

Close Calls When Travelling – Episode 99 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Touch wood and all those other lucky things, I have never had a serious accident or problem or emergency when I've been travelling. And I really hope it stays that way forever! Being a travel blogger with lots of travel-loving friends I have too often logged onto Facebook and seen a friend who's … [Read more...]

Fun Tales of Getting Lost on Your Travels – Episode 98 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My favourite tale of getting lost - in retrospect - was the time I climbed down Mt Fuji the wrong way. Let me tell you that at the time I did NOT think it was going to be a favourite story but it is now - but you will have to listen to Episode 98 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast to find out what … [Read more...]

Lessons from Living Abroad – Episode 97 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you ever lived abroad, or can you imagine moving overseas for a time? I consider myself extremely lucky that I lived and worked abroad in Japan, Slovakia and Germany for about five and a half years in total, loved every single minute of it, and, of course, learnt a tonne from all those … [Read more...]

Remote Travel in Africa – Episode 96 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Africa is a place many of us aspire to explore but fewer people actually get there. I've been lucky enough to travel a little through Tunisia (the pic below is of my camel's foot when I spent a day out in the Sahara Desert in Tunisia), and have a quick trip to Egypt, but that is not even scraping … [Read more...]

Travel Mishaps and Misjudgments – Episode 95 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Ever made a mistake on your travels, or had some kind of mishap? If not, you probably just need to travel more. Travel mishaps and misjudgments are bound to happen but thankfully most of them turn into a good story. (Sometimes just an annoying story, like the time an airline lost my … [Read more...]