Expat Travellers – Episode 113 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Hands up if you've lived as an expat for a time - or would like to? I have been so lucky to have lived and worked in Japan, Slovakia and Germany as an expat and I find it such an amazing way to really get to know a local culture and people - it's so very different to passing through just … [Read more...]

Wellness Travel – Episode 112 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you ever travelled somewhere with the express purpose of being completely kind to yourself? I haven't (probably should!), but I know that the idea of wellness travel is a very popular one these days. It seemed important to create a podcast episode about it, even if I haven't had much wellness … [Read more...]

Teaching happy tears: What kids learn from travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam

I'll always remember the first time I saw my son cry from joy, sentimentality and compassion. You know, happy tears, basically. He's eight, and he has cried plenty of times out of frustration, anger, tiredness and grief, but never like this. We were sitting in our hotel room in Hoi An, at the end … [Read more...]

Secret Thailand: Phrae and Nan – Episode 111 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've had such a wonderful travelling year and I'm excited to bring you this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast about my recent experiences in Thailand. But it's not just about Thailand, but secret Thailand! - the parts that western tourists haven't really discovered in any numbers … [Read more...]

10 Thoughts I’m Thinking About Thoughtful Travel – Episode 110 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, has a special episode every ten episodes, where they do something different. I suddenly realised that after Episode 90 was a special celebration of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast's two year anniversary, and Episode 100 was different just … [Read more...]

My Phrae, Thailand trip: Three temples, one indigo scarf and so much food!

Heading to Thailand and want to visit somewhere a little different? This was only my second trip to Thailand but I was so excited to have the chance to go off the beaten path a bit, so I've got two recommendations for you in northern Thailand. First up: the town of Phrae (and it was followed up by … [Read more...]

Travellers Taking Photographs – Episode 109 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I have owned a "proper" DSLR camera since 2006. It was only a few weeks ago - yes, 2018 - that I finally started to learn how to use it properly! (Although even using it on auto has snagged me a few decent shots over the years ... thank goodness). It's something common to many travellers, I … [Read more...]

Exploring Nature in Australia – Episode 108 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Australia is a huge country, far from much of the rest of the world. We also have a pretty small population (although just this month we apparently reached 25 million people) and the vast majority of us crowd around the coast, leaving the rest of the nation full of vast and often undisturbed natural … [Read more...]

Trips and Holidays With Teenagers – Episode 107 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I had a very memorable (and life-changing) trip as a teenager - and I want to encourage people to both travel with their teenagers and let their teenagers travel without them, when the opportunity arises, because it's such an impressionable, changeable age and travel can really be so eye-opening! I … [Read more...]

Vivid Sydney with kids: A really quick trip!

On our way home from our Fiji trip, the timing of our flights meant we had a short overnight stay in Sydney. Short in that we arrived about 7.30pm and had to be up at 5.00am for our connection on to Perth. In any normal circumstance that would mean just a simple night in an airport hotel - but no, … [Read more...]