What parents learn from kids when travelling

My series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling continues with a great story from Jessica of Magnets From Everywhere. I love it because the lesson she and her husband learnt about travelling pre-kids and once kids arrived is a very similar one to what I've learnt in the nearly … [Read more...]

Cross Cultural Kids – Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's been happening for decades but I'm sure it's more common than ever before: third culture kids (TCK) or cross cultural kids who grow up somewhere away from where there parents consider home and end up being quite multicultural in their thinking. I'm fascinated by the idea and having taught … [Read more...]

Adventures Abroad in Nature – Episode 84 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Nature is amazing, right? I'm a city girl, born and bred, and many of us don't get outside the city too often. But if your adventures abroad take you into nature you can see some truly phenomenal things, and some of these feature in the stories my guests have to tell you in this episode of the … [Read more...]

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) – Episode 83 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Teaching English as a second language has played a very important role in my life (and the life of this blog, in fact!). It was for a TESOL/TEFL job that I left Australia and lived in Japan, Slovakia and Germany - this was "back in the day" when earning money online wasn't a thing, and teaching … [Read more...]

Should I try hitchhiking? Lessons from Jub’s rides

Next in my series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling is this beauty all about hitchhiking - and what you can learn from it. I've sometimes wondered if I should try hitchhiking - I've never done it and it makes me nervous, but I'll never say never, and I know heaps of people … [Read more...]

Hobbies and Travelling – Episode 82 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you combined hobbies and travelling? One of my very favourite hobbies is reading, but when I was travelling long-term, it was the early to mid 2000's, and Kindles hadn't been invented yet. (Or at the very least, ebook readers were in their infancy and not useful to me.) I loved to read - I … [Read more...]

Culture Shock in Your Home Country – Episode 81 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

For me, culture shock in my home country, Australia, happened like this: I was surprised (and somewhat confused) to be able to chat extensively with the checkout operators at the supermarket, after living in Germany where that rarely happens I was somewhat saddened (though I understand it … [Read more...]

Travel in Africa – Episode 80 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Let's go to Africa! To date, my trips to Africa have been brief and fairly northerly ... I spent a week in Egypt near Hurghada, and a fabulous fortnight backpacking around Tunisia. But there's so much more to see. I did spend quite some time a few years back planning a trip to Africa including … [Read more...]

When planning your trip is a waste of time and other travel lessons

I'm excited to share the first of a series of guest posts I'm hosting about the lessons we learn from travelling. I know I have learnt a huge amount from all my trips over the years, but I wanted to get the perspective of a few other people, too! I've collected some wonderful stories and I look … [Read more...]

5 new year travel resolutions you might like to keep too

I've stopped making those New Year's resolutions that fail (usually exercise daily and eat no bad foods ever) - but I am more than happy to make some new year travel resolutions because thinking more about travel can only be a good thing, right? You may have seen a couple of these mentioned on my … [Read more...]