Travel in Developing Countries – Episode 129 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I remember very vividly the first time I landed in a developing country (and yes, I’m not convinced developing country is the right phrase, but I don’t yet have a better alternative) – it was back in 2002 and I’d flown from Japan to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Honestly, it was quite the assault on the senses – the noise, the odours, the crowds, the sights – and it took me a couple of days to get used to it. I very well remember trying to cross the street in HCMC – back then, there were fewer cars than today, and that meant there were about 20 lanes of motorbikes zooming along! – and thinking I would never, ever be able to get to the other side.

Long story short: I did. I returned to Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh City, just last year, and found it much less noisy than the last time – I think both I’d got used to things, and HCMC had developed a little, too. But just the same, I always love visiting a country like that because it’s so different to my hometown here in Australia, and different is awesome – that means I’ll have a whole lot more interesting experiences. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, my guests all have interesting experiences, too! Enjoy.

Show notes: Episode 129 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travel in Developing Countries

For me, some of the most interesting travel I’ve done has been the more challenging travel, and that’s often when I’ve travelled to developing or poorer countries. The culture shock is greater, and where there’s culture shock, there’s learning! – although of course, I always also am reminded that wherever you go, the common denominator is people, and people are really the same across the world.

Just the same, travelling in developing countries leads to some really impactful and interesting experiences and the three guests in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast have great stories to tell about their trips to countries as diverse as Haiti, Madagascar and India.

First up, I speak to Fiona Galloway who spent some time in Haiti about twenty years ago. She learnt a lot from her stay in Haiti, and it set her up for her current work running tours for transformative travel.

Next I chat to Linda Schlencker who talks about some of the poverty she found away from the key tourist zones of Madagascar. She’s travelled widely but was surprised by what she saw there.

Finally, I talk with Whitney Taylor who describes an especially impactful trip she took to India with Hands On Journeys. 



  1. Traveling to developing countries is a good thing. Can learn their culture in this period with great efforts.

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