Exploring Ireland to trace my Irish roots

I got chatting with a friend recently about the random reasons we decide on destinations to travel to. There are so many places in the world to choose from - what makes us decide where to explore next? You probably already realise I'm one for heading off the beaten track: while I've loved … [Read More...]

Expat Life on Three Continents – Episode 92 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Being back in Japan recently - the country I first moved to when I decided I needed to leave my home country of Australia for a while - brought back a flood of memories about expat life. I loved so many parts of being part of another country and culture for a couple of years. It's not always easy … [Read More...]

Underrated and overlooked – 7 cities which deserve a second try

I come from a very oft-overlooked city here in Perth, Western Australia - I'd say 99% of the time I meet someone abroad who has been to Australia, they haven't stopped by Perth! I get it, it's far … [Read More...]

Bargaining and Tipping on Your Travels – Episode 91 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Questions of money can get tricky and icky. And that's why I was fascinated to hear everybody's differing viewpoints on bargaining or haggling when you travel, along with some talk of tipping too … [Read More...]

What travel teaches you about yourself

This next post in my series of guest posts about lessons we learn from travel is really important. Sarah of Travel Breathe Repeat didn't give up her dreams of seeing the world just because she's sick … [Read More...]

Interviewing Amanda for the Two-Year Anniversary – Episode 90 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Two years ago, I launched The Thoughtful Travel Podcast somewhat nervously. I knew I loved the idea, but would other people? I'm so happy to report that yes! Other people like the idea! I get … [Read More...]

Housesitting While Travelling – Episode 89 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

This is another well-timed episode because I'll be travelling in Japan when it airs, knowing that at home in Perth I have a brilliant housesitter taking care of everything - including my lovely … [Read More...]

Random Acts of Travel Kindness – Episode 88 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As this episode airs, I'm a day away from returning to Japan with my son - and Japan is the place I know I was blessed with so very many random acts of travel kindness, both when I lived there and on … [Read More...]

Travelling With Your Parents – Episode 87 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling with your parents as an adult is an interesting experience. It can be an amazing way to create beautiful family memories and it can be a short-cut to extreme arguments - or so I'm told, … [Read More...]