Hobbies and Travelling – Episode 82 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you combined hobbies and travelling? One of my very favourite hobbies is reading, but when I was travelling long-term, it was the early to mid 2000's, and Kindles hadn't been invented yet. (Or at the very least, ebook readers were in their infancy and not useful to me.) I loved to read - I … [Read more...]

Culture Shock in Your Home Country – Episode 81 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

For me, culture shock in my home country, Australia, happened like this: I was surprised (and somewhat confused) to be able to chat extensively with the checkout operators at the supermarket, after living in Germany where that rarely happens I was somewhat saddened (though I understand it … [Read more...]

Travel in Africa – Episode 80 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Let's go to Africa! To date, my trips to Africa have been brief and fairly northerly ... I spent a week in Egypt near Hurghada, and a fabulous fortnight backpacking around Tunisia. But there's so much more to see. I did spend quite some time a few years back planning a trip to Africa including … [Read more...]

When planning your trip is a waste of time and other travel lessons

I'm excited to share the first of a series of guest posts I'm hosting about the lessons we learn from travelling. I know I have learnt a huge amount from all my trips over the years, but I wanted to get the perspective of a few other people, too! I've collected some wonderful stories and I look … [Read more...]

5 new year travel resolutions you might like to keep too

I've stopped making those New Year's resolutions that fail (usually exercise daily and eat no bad foods ever) - but I am more than happy to make some new year travel resolutions because thinking more about travel can only be a good thing, right? You may have seen a couple of these mentioned on my … [Read more...]

What is thoughtful travel?

I go on and on about thoughtful travel. I even have an entire podcast dedicated to it. But what really is it? Basically, I think being a thoughtful traveller means that you stop and think before, during and after a trip. It doesn't necessarily mean you change anything about how you travel - … [Read more...]

Armchair travel to Germany: Books on Germany to read before your German trip

I love Germany, I love reading and I love meeting people through my blog who I have lots in common with: and Kati of Queensland & Beyond is one of those people! I don't even remember how we first got in contact but I've since interviewed her for the podcast as well has had heaps of interesting … [Read more...]

7 things I’ve learnt from homestays and language exchanges

It's easy to stay at a hotel when you travel. But it's way more interesting to stay in a homestay, get to know some local people and even get them to help you learn their language. Over the years I've had a bunch of homestay experiences, mostly in Russia and Germany, and hosted some … [Read more...]

5 off-the-beaten-path destinations I’m curious about

Curiosity killed the cat, but a good travel still needs a heavy does of curiosity, and I have endless amounts of it. Especially about new places I might one day travel to. I'm preparing an episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast about destinations that aren't too commonly visited - because I … [Read more...]

Cultural Differences Around the World – Episode 79 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's pretty common to bump into cultural differences when you travel, and even more so to uncover them if you're living and working in a foreign country - over the years I have certainly discovered a truckload of them, often about topics I never would have imagined - like how Australians wash their … [Read more...]