The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 8 – Travel with Kids and Kids on Travel

I was super-lucky to get to travel when I was a kid – six months around Europe in a campervan being the most significant chunk of travelling I got to do, and it shaped so much about my life – I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t be a travel blogger and podcaster if that trip hadn’t captured my imagination so much at an impressionable age.

Now that I have my own child, I’m keen to expose him to all the benefits of travel, too. And it seems that as a parent, I’m not alone. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I talk to two travelling fathers who have realised the benefits of travel for their children, too – and then I’ve got my favourite interview yet, one with my own six-year-old son and two of his cousins. Enjoy!

Show notes for Episode 8 – Travel with Kids and Kids on Travel

In Episode 8 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I talk to parents about travelling with their kids, and then turn the tables and talk to some kids about travelling.

First up is Mike Campbell, a fellow Aussie who’s currently spending a year house-sitting his way across the United States with his family. He’s learnt a lot about the differences between travelling as a couple and travelling with a four-year-old daughter. My second guest is Tim Leffel who talks about his teenage daughter’s experience of living abroad in Mexico.

After talking to these dads, I decided I needed to talk to some kids, too, and had a chat with my own six-year-old and his eight and ten year old cousins, all of whom have been lucky enough to travel pretty extensively for their young age. When I asked them if they thought everyone should travel, there was a resoundingly positive answer – and I think we all should listen to them.


The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - Episode 8 - Travel with Kids and Kids on Travel


  1. This was a great show. I recall the first time I took my three girls on a plane by myself. I had just gotten divorced and decided we needed to go to Disney World. Through offers and points, I was able to get us there without spending a fortune. I was nervous since this was a first flight for them in memory and I wasn’t sure if I was up to managing them all by myself. Turns out, I had little to fear. They were natural travellers . We’ve taken many road and camping trips since then and they always do well.

    • Glad you enjoyed it James. And it’s so true that kids often surprise us (or our expectations of them when we travel are too low) – so glad your trip to Disney World with your daughters went so well! And happy to hear you keep taking them on trips, too. Lucky things!

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