Remote Travel in Africa – Episode 96 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Africa is a place many of us aspire to explore but fewer people actually get there. I've been lucky enough to travel a little through Tunisia (the pic below is of my camel's foot when I spent a day out in the Sahara Desert in Tunisia), and have a quick trip to Egypt, but that is not even scraping … [Read more...]

Travel Mishaps and Misjudgments – Episode 95 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Ever made a mistake on your travels, or had some kind of mishap? If not, you probably just need to travel more. Travel mishaps and misjudgments are bound to happen but thankfully most of them turn into a good story. (Sometimes just an annoying story, like the time an airline lost my … [Read more...]

Lessons from travels later in life

I can't get enough of people's lessons from travel - just reminds me over and over how important travelling can be in shaping our lives - and so I have a great guest post here from Aussie couple Ros and Alan from the Frequent Traveller site. It's a good reminder that no matter how old you are or how … [Read more...]

How Travel Changes Kids – Episode 94 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling as a kid completely changed my life path (I feel confident I wouldn't be a travel blogger now if my parents hadn't taken the massive step of dragging two kids around Europe in a campervan over thirty years ago ...) and I can see already that travelling has changed my son's life (for the … [Read more...]

How to Deal With Travel Anxiety – Episode 93 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You'd think that since travelling is, on many occasions, completely optional, that those of us who suffer from anxiety before travel would just give up doing it. But I certainly haven't, and I've been surprised over the years to discover so many of my fellow travel-lovers who find some aspects of … [Read more...]

The life-changing magic of taking my son to Japan

Since 2010 I've been working on a really important project: I've been educating (or really, brainwashing) my son, since his birth in 2010, to fall in love with Japan. Japan is a country that's really important to me, after living and working there for a couple of years in my twenties, and … [Read more...]

Exploring Ireland to trace my Irish roots

I got chatting with a friend recently about the random reasons we decide on destinations to travel to. There are so many places in the world to choose from - what makes us decide where to explore next? You probably already realise I'm one for heading off the beaten track: while I've loved … [Read more...]

Expat Life on Three Continents – Episode 92 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Being back in Japan recently - the country I first moved to when I decided I needed to leave my home country of Australia for a while - brought back a flood of memories about expat life. I loved so many parts of being part of another country and culture for a couple of years. It's not always easy … [Read more...]

Underrated and overlooked – 7 cities which deserve a second try

I come from a very oft-overlooked city here in Perth, Western Australia - I'd say 99% of the time I meet someone abroad who has been to Australia, they haven't stopped by Perth! I get it, it's far away from everywhere else, but is still a place very much worth visiting. But that's why when my bloggy … [Read more...]

Bargaining and Tipping on Your Travels – Episode 91 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Questions of money can get tricky and icky. And that's why I was fascinated to hear everybody's differing viewpoints on bargaining or haggling when you travel, along with some talk of tipping too (being from Australia, a non-tipping culture, this stresses me no end ... well, as does the bargaining … [Read more...]