Three kinds of memorable experiences in Nan, Thailand

Visiting Nan in northern Thailand (a confusing name for a town, since my son calls his grandmother Nan - just pronounced slightly differently!) was another wonderful Thai experience, following on from my trip to Phrae as part of the Australian Society of Travel Writers convention. For me, … [Read More...]

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 … [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, … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read More...]