Fiji and Empowerment Tourism – Episode 104 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You may notice I can't stop talking about my empowerment tourism tour and experience in Fiji. That's because it was so awesome! The funny thing is, the friends I made on that tour feel exactly the same. I arranged to chat with a couple of them for the podcast and luckily for you this episode is just … [Read more...]

Visiting a Fijian village: how to meet locals while travelling and empower them, too

If I get to meet locals while travelling then it is usually a sign of an awesome trip. To travel and meet people who I can talk to about what a destination is really like for the people who live there is one of my favourite parts of travelling - I love to really get to know something about a culture … [Read more...]

Travelling as an Introvert – Episode 103 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Does spending time with people energise you or do you need a good rest after it? That's my basic definition of being an extrovert (me) versus an introvert (my guests in this podcast episode), and it has been fascinating for me to discover how introverts deal with the people demands of travelling. My … [Read more...]

Going back to Japan – what it’s like to return to your ex-pat home

It was so exciting earlier this year to be returning to my ex-pat home, Osaka, to show my son where I used to live. I’ve talked to him about various aspects of my life in Osaka and Nara over the years - I lived and worked there for two years between 2001 and 2003 - but there’s nothing like being … [Read more...]

Child-Friendly Cultures for Travellers – Episode 102 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Before I went on my recent trip to Fiji, a friend of mine who's taken her kids to a million different countries (okay, closer to 40, but still a lot!) told me that Fiji was the most child-friendly culture she had ever come across. That was a big call coming from someone that well-travelled but it … [Read more...]

Destinations Worth Visiting Twice – Episode 101 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes I just want to go to completely new places when I travel, but sometimes it can also be really fun to return to a destination you've visited before. I started asking some of my podcast guests about the destinations they always return to and got some very interesting answers! Show … [Read more...]

Thoughtful travel and empowerment tourism in Fiji with Hands On Journeys

"Do you want to come to Fiji with me in a couple of weeks?" I asked my son, a bit of a random question for a Sunday afternoon. "Where is it and what does it look like?" I showed him the brochure I'd got. I got an enthusiastic yes. (Who's surprised?!) (Pre-reading warning: Hands On … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes – Episode 100 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Woohoo!!! My podcast has turned 100! Well, we have reach the 100th episode, at least, and that seems like an awesome milestone to celebrate, right? My podcast has been one of the most joyous things I've done during the past couple of years - honestly, a time that has been quite chaotic as it's … [Read more...]

Close Calls When Travelling – Episode 99 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Touch wood and all those other lucky things, I have never had a serious accident or problem or emergency when I've been travelling. And I really hope it stays that way forever! Being a travel blogger with lots of travel-loving friends I have too often logged onto Facebook and seen a friend who's … [Read more...]

Fun Tales of Getting Lost on Your Travels – Episode 98 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My favourite tale of getting lost - in retrospect - was the time I climbed down Mt Fuji the wrong way. Let me tell you that at the time I did NOT think it was going to be a favourite story but it is now - but you will have to listen to Episode 98 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast to find out what … [Read more...]