10 Thoughts I’m Thinking About Thoughtful Travel – Episode 110 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, has a special episode every ten episodes, where they do something different. I suddenly realised that after Episode 90 was a special celebration of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast's two year anniversary, and Episode 100 was different just … [Read more...]

My Phrae, Thailand trip: Three temples, one indigo scarf and so much food!

Heading to Thailand and want to visit somewhere a little different? This was only my second trip to Thailand but I was so excited to have the chance to go off the beaten path a bit, so I've got two recommendations for you in northern Thailand. First up: the town of Phrae. It's one of the oldest … [Read more...]

Travellers Taking Photographs – Episode 109 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I have owned a "proper" DSLR camera since 2006. It was only a few weeks ago - yes, 2018 - that I finally started to learn how to use it properly! (Although even using it on auto has snagged me a few decent shots over the years ... thank goodness). It's something common to many travellers, I … [Read more...]

Exploring Nature in Australia – Episode 108 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Australia is a huge country, far from much of the rest of the world. We also have a pretty small population (although just this month we apparently reached 25 million people) and the vast majority of us crowd around the coast, leaving the rest of the nation full of vast and often undisturbed natural … [Read more...]

Trips and Holidays With Teenagers – Episode 107 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I had a very memorable (and life-changing) trip as a teenager - and I want to encourage people to both travel with their teenagers and let their teenagers travel without them, when the opportunity arises, because it's such an impressionable, changeable age and travel can really be so eye-opening! I … [Read more...]

Vivid Sydney with kids: A really quick trip!

On our way home from our Fiji trip, the timing of our flights meant we had a short overnight stay in Sydney. Short in that we arrived about 7.30pm and had to be up at 5.00am for our connection on to Perth. In any normal circumstance that would mean just a simple night in an airport hotel - but no, … [Read more...]

Unusual Food Experiences on Your Travels – Episode 106 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

What's the most unusual eating experience you've had when travelling? I have heard some horror ones and some of them actually feature in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I am not a very courageous eater when it comes to highly unusual foods but my guests have another approach … [Read more...]

Seeing sumo in Osaka, Japan, with kids

The timing for our Japan trip, being in Osaka in March, was more to do with cherry blossom season than sumo, but as soon as I realised that the annual Osaka sumo tournament coincided with our stay I made sure we would be there. What kid wouldn't want to see sumo wrestlers in action? I knew for sure … [Read more...]

Visiting Art Galleries on Your Travels – Episode 105 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I wasn't really an art gallery lover as a child or teen. I'm sure part of it is because I'm not especially artistic (I'm creative in other ways, let's say) so I didn't appreciate what goes in to making art. But as an adult, especially when travelling a lot, I got exposed to so much more art and … [Read more...]

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...]