Post-Denmark Thoughtful Travel Debrief – Episode 150 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Like all trips, my time in Denmark in May seems just so long ago now, but luckily I have a podcast that allows me to extend the joy of that trip by talking about it more now. Having reached the milestone of Episode 150, it seemed a good time to have a chat about how travelling intentionally … [Read more...]

Reading about Russia: A ship and a cat in the tundra

With two trips to Russia under my belt and a lifelong fascination - thanks to my mother's own obsession with all things Russia - it's a country that, while I don't feel I want to return to in the near future, I always like to read about. Russia is such a prominent feature of the world map on our … [Read more...]

Class and Privilege When We Travel – Episode 149 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Like many of my readers and podcast listeners, I was born pretty lucky - and it's meant I have access to travel, and even if it's budget travel, it's still an enormous privilege. Questions of class and privilege have bothered me in many ways over the years, especially when I've been travelling, and … [Read more...]

Solo Travelling – Episode 148 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The topic of solo travelling is a much-discussed one amongst travellers: will you, won't you? Is it safe or unsafe, is it lonely or actually one of the best ways to meet people? I'm confident that this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast will help you remember that solo travel can be one of … [Read more...]

Ten Years a Nomad with Nomadic Matt Kepnes – Episode 147 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Last month, this website turned 14. Fourteen years is a LONG time in blog-land - back in 2005, blogging was a very different thing, and the only way to get to know people, in the absence of social media, was by commenting on their blog posts. So, way back in those early years, I got to know Matt … [Read more...]

Our 7 favourite things to do in Copenhagen

The last time I was in Copenhagen, I was nine years old: I clearly remembered visiting Tivoli, and seeing the (very) Little Mermaid, and not much else. This time, I returned with my very own nine-year-old and some really high expectations to love this city. And you know what? Copenhagen actually … [Read more...]

Travelling in Iran – Episode 146 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Destinations can come and go in popularity - Iceland wasn't a place anyone went when I was a kid, but these days everybody wants to go there. It's fascinating to see these ebbs and flows. In the last couple of years, I've started to hear from a number of friends and podcast listeners who've been … [Read more...]

Volunteering Experiences While Travelling – Episode 145 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you've ever looked into the idea of volunteering while you travel - or indeed have already been part of the growing "voluntourism" sector - you may well have noticed that it's fraught with trickiness. When are you really helping? - when are you hindering? And when are you actually doing more harm … [Read more...]

Grief, Travel and Change – Episode 144 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I’m so fortunate with this podcast in that I sometimes get to talk to people about really intimate, emotional parts of their lives - I’m so grateful when they share them and I know we can all learn a lot from them. In this episode I’m bringing together three stories which could all be sad - they’re … [Read more...]

Helpful or harmful travel with Jan Fran – Episode 143 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's special episode time! I team up with Jan Fran (from SBS and sometimes Channel 10 and basically saying clever stuff everywhere) to talk about a series of videos she made with Kathmandu figuring out what's harmful and what's helpful about the way we travel. I had so much fun talking to her so … [Read more...]