Language Difficulties When You Travel – Episode 126 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Had a language faux pas on your travels? All the best of us have. I'm not committing mine to writing but if you listen to this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast you may hear about some. Dealing with a language barrier when you travel can sometimes be frustrating but on the whole I find it … [Read More...]

Spending Years Abroad – Episode 125 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As I explain in this episode, I once developed a theory that to properly experience a different country, you need to live there for at least two years. For the first year, you have no idea what's going on, and you're starting to find out about what happens each season, and you might be learning … [Read More...]

Hiking When You Travel – Episode 124 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I love the idea of hiking, and want to do more of it in the future, but so far I haven't got to tackle too many of the world's famous hikes. I have, however, climbed up Mt Fuji, and I tell the … [Read More...]

My favourite road trip destinations in south-west Germany

Apart from Australia, I lived in Germany for longer than any other country, and yet I’ve barely blogged about it. Quite regularly, though, I find myself telling people on Instagram or Twitter or … [Read More...]

Exploring Cultural Differences – Episode 123 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm such a fan of cultural differences that when I moved to live and work in Germany, after a couple of years in Japan and a year in Slovakia, I was pretty disappointed at first - because there … [Read More...]

Talking to Locals When We Travel – Episode 122 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite memories of meeting locals when I travel is of two gentlemen I met in the Latvian port town of Ventspils. We only chatted for five or ten minutes, but I've always remembered them, … [Read More...]

Travelling in Cold Places – Episode 121 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Welcome to the first episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast for 2019! This episode is one that you'll empathise with in the northern hemisphere (being mid-winter there) but for us down here in … [Read More...]

A travel year in three downpours: Kyoto, Bangkok and Saigon

When it rains, it pours, right? 2018 was the year when it poured both literally and metaphorically for me in terms of travel. And I loved every second of all of it. A rainy day in Kyoto: … [Read More...]

Sustainable travel around the Philippines

In recent years, the Philippines keeps crossing my radar - and one interesting aspect is that it has been actively attempting to promote its green spaces and nature attractions to tourists. Just as in … [Read More...]