How Travel Sparks Creativity – Episode 52 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Do you feel more creative when you travel? I often feel a real spark of creativity when I'm travelling and wondered if I was alone - according to the guests I speak to for this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I definitely am not! I often come home with long lists of ideas: blog post ideas, … [Read More...]

Reverse Culture Shock – Episode 51 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you've experienced reverse culture shock before, you'll completely empathise with my guests today. If you haven't, you might think it's a sadness experienced by very lucky people who should get over themselves. I promise, having experienced it myself, it's not that simple. Yes, we're very … [Read More...]

Travel journals, photo books, story maps and more travel memory makers

When you travel the world, how do you remember the experiences you have? I was chatting with some fellow bloggers about this recently and these conversations reminded me just how many variations on a … [Read More...]

Cold or Sick? Adversity on Your Travels – Episode 50 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've just come back from some sunny days south of Mandurah, Western Australia, staying with my dad and stepmother: my dad, who is turning 80 this year (not that you'd know it to follow him on his … [Read More...]

Understanding History Through Travel – Episode 49 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've always loved history and enjoyed studying it at school, but sometimes I notice that I'm really well-informed on some kinds of history and not others. And what that mostly comes down to is whether … [Read More...]

7 things Aussies don’t know about Barbados

If you're not Australian, let me tell you a secret: we Aussies mostly think that islands like Barbados are part of an utterly mysterious paradise. We learn about them from songs (more on that below), … [Read More...]

The Grateful Anniversary Episode – Episode 48 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Happy first birthday to The Thoughtful Travel Podcast! I'm celebrating this milestone by chatting with some fabulous travellers who I most likely would never have met without this podcast as an … [Read More...]

Taking Tours on Your Travels – Episode 47 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How often do you take a tour when you go travelling? In my case it's a pretty rare event, but after the chats I had with the guests in today's episode I think I'll be more open in my approach. There … [Read More...]

A week in Kansai: Fanning the flames of my love for Japan

I'm a little bit obsessed with the Kansai region of Japan. #sorrynotsorry Last year I got to spend a week in Kansai on a blogger trip and although it was probably the busiest week of my entire … [Read More...]