5 reasons I keep returning to Melbourne

Next month I'm heading back to Melbourne for a quick trip. Little-known fact: when I moved back to Australia from Germany, I seriously considered making Melbourne my hometown instead of returning to Perth. At the time, Perth was still a bit of a boring city, to be honest (it is massively better … [Read more...]

Conversations with Locals – Episode 59 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Are you shy or brave about chatting to locals when you travel? I can be either, depending on the circumstances, but I've definitely got better at it over the years and when it's a language issue, for example, I've got much braver about just "having a go" in the local language and not worrying about … [Read more...]

Solo Travel Freedom – Episode 58 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Are you brave enough to travel solo? Honestly, I was too scared for a long time. It's something that once you've done it, you'll wonder why you were ever worried, I think, but it's a hurdle that many of us have to force ourselves to overcome. As with any form of travel, there are pros and cons, … [Read more...]

Taking Photos of People on Your Travels – Episode 57 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I get to meet all sorts of interesting people thanks to my blog and photographers are often amongst the most interesting of them all! Here in Perth I volunteer on the committee for the Fremantle International Portrait Prize, a contest running since 2009 to the best photography portraits from … [Read more...]

Unique Travel, Unique Destinations – Episode 56 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've been itching to get back into the podcast saddle after our mid-year break. And this episode is a really fun one because I got to talk about some really unique travel experiences. All travel is good travel, but travelling someplace that not many people get to experience, or that you know nothing … [Read more...]

How to travel with a school-aged child (so that you all enjoy it)

It's been a while since I thought about how to travel with kids, because it's got much easier in recent years (compared to the toddler and preschooler days!). My travel-loving son has just turned seven, and is in the second grade at primary school here in Australia. Partly because he's grown up … [Read more...]

A sentimental tour of Warsaw, Poland

You know a city's a good one when you see it in terrible weather and still love it. Warsaw fits that bill for me, although I definitely want to return some day and have a whole lot more sunshine. Warsaw, Poland, back in 2003 Fourteen summers ago (ouch I feel old!), I was backpacking from Russia to … [Read more...]

13 suburbs of Perth to explore when you visit Western Australia

When we who call Perth home mention Perth, we mean far more than the city centre. For us, Perth is a vast sprawling city, now home to over two million people, and because of our love of living near the coast, it stretches more than 100km from north to south and it covers an area equivalent to well … [Read more...]

Life-Changing Travel – Episode 55 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travel can change our lives in so many ways. Yes, it's really that important! This episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is one of my new favourites already, because I love the stories my three guests tell about how travel changes lives. Interestingly, my first two guests spoke about how the … [Read more...]

Benefits of Travelling with Kids – Episode 54 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You have probably heard me rant before about my (many, many) answers to the question - "why travel with kids if they won't remember it?" I won't rehash that now but suffice to say, I strongly believe there about a gazillion benefits of travelling with kids and most of them apply whether they … [Read more...]