Taking a Class When You Travel – Episode 117 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling can be full of such a variety of experiences if only you know where to look! This episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast includes three travellers talking about a huge variety of classes they've taken while travelling - from cooking to flower arranging, from drumming to painting - and … [Read more...]

Choosing Your Next Destination – Episode 116 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Where are you going next? I get asked this question constantly and I usually have an answer but for once, right now, I don't. Mid next-year I've got a wedding to go to in Thailand, and a blogging workshop to teach in Bali after that ... but no flights are booked and both are chosen by other … [Read more...]

Travelling in Muslim Countries – Episode 115 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Every so often an episode comes along that I could listen to ten times, and this is one of them: Episode 115 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is about a topic that I find so intriguing and only have a little bit of experience with. I've travelled in a Muslim-dominated country like Tunisia and … [Read more...]

Special guest: Jen on travelling to Cambodia

I have a special guest post today from a local Perth woman I've met through my blogging work, Jen Harland. She contacted me recently because she'd noticed that coincidentally, I travelled to Cambodia just a couple of weeks after she did. Jen was diagnosed as an adult as being on the autism spectrum, … [Read more...]

Our Amazing Cambodia Experience – Episode 114 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My first trip to Cambodia last month will NOT be my last - and as I put this podcast episode together I was reminded of several reasons why! I chatted with three people I met on our Cambodia trip and it was so lovely to be able to reminisce about our wonderful experiences - though it made me quite … [Read more...]

Three kinds of memorable experiences in Nan, Thailand

Visiting Nan in northern Thailand (a confusing name for a town, since my son calls his grandmother Nan - just pronounced slightly differently!) was another wonderful Thai experience, following on from my trip to Phrae as part of the Australian Society of Travel Writers convention. For me, … [Read more...]

Expat Travellers – Episode 113 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Hands up if you've lived as an expat for a time - or would like to? I have been so lucky to have lived and worked in Japan, Slovakia and Germany as an expat and I find it such an amazing way to really get to know a local culture and people - it's so very different to passing through just … [Read more...]

Wellness Travel – Episode 112 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you ever travelled somewhere with the express purpose of being completely kind to yourself? I haven't (probably should!), but I know that the idea of wellness travel is a very popular one these days. It seemed important to create a podcast episode about it, even if I haven't had much wellness … [Read more...]

Teaching happy tears: What kids learn from travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam

I'll always remember the first time I saw my son cry from joy, sentimentality and compassion. You know, happy tears, basically. He's eight, and he has cried plenty of times out of frustration, anger, tiredness and grief, but never like this. We were sitting in our hotel room in Hoi An, at the end … [Read more...]

Secret Thailand: Phrae and Nan – Episode 111 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've had such a wonderful travelling year and I'm excited to bring you this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast about my recent experiences in Thailand. But it's not just about Thailand, but secret Thailand! - the parts that western tourists haven't really discovered in any numbers … [Read more...]