Exploring Western Australia – Episode 67 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My home state of Western Australia is one of those places that is extra special because it's really far from everywhere. While I (fairly often) complain about it being a long distance to get to "the rest of the world" from WA, I realise that this is probably one of the main reasons it's so … [Read more...]

One day I will teach ESL again …

I was working away at my desk yesterday when a Facebook message notification popped up on my screen. I usually ignore them, but this one was from one of my Korean students from eight years ago when I was last teaching English as a second language, or ESL. Connecting with people through ESL … [Read more...]

On Taking Your Kids Travelling – Episode 66 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The topic comes up regularly in everyday conversation for me - the value of taking your kids travelling. Don't get me started on the "but they won't remember it!" argument, or we'll be here all day! Of course, I love talking to like-minded people about the trips they've done with their children … [Read more...]

First Trips – Episode 65 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast returns after a break to deal with changing from a network to just lil' ol me and we are talking all about first trips. I explain what I remember of my first trip abroad - to Hong Kong, en route to Europe - in some detail in the early part of this episode, but what I … [Read more...]

Exploring Legoland Malaysia slowly with a seven-year-old boy

My name is Amanda, and I have a son who is addicted to Lego. Clearly the solution to this addiction was to take him to the nearest Legoland, stat! Legoland Malaysia is in Johor Bahru, the southern-most part of Malaysia, and just across the border from Singapore. I snapped up some cheap flights … [Read more...]

Travel and Foreign Languages – Episode 64 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Language learning is just about one of my very favourite travel-related topics so I loved putting together this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I had an interesting chat with a bunch of travel bloggers at a dinner in Melbourne over the weekend about languages, and we all basically agreed … [Read more...]

Travel to Change Your Life’s Path – Episode 63 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes when you make a decision to travel somewhere, you know it might be life-changing somehow, but you often don't realise exactly what path in life that trip is going to push you down! That's certainly been the case for me and is the same for the three lovely people I speak with in this … [Read more...]

Foodie Lessons from Travel – Episode 62 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've heard from some people who don't like to travel as much as you and I that foreign foods are one reason they prefer to stay home. And although there's nothing at all that would keep me at home, I can see where they're coming from. If you don't have adventurous taste buds, then travelling to … [Read more...]

Travel and Gratitude – Episode 61 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Gratitude is a bit of a buzz word these days but long before that happened I've known how grateful I am for the opportunity to travel and for all that it has taught me. It turns out I'm far from the only one and many of my guests chat about their gratitude towards many aspects of travel too, and … [Read more...]

Fun and Philosophical Travel – Episode 60 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I get to chat with so many interesting people for The Thoughtful Travel Podcast and when it comes to a round-numbered episode I love to find my favourite chats about all kinds of random travel topics and put them into one - and for Episode 60 I've done the same - though they all come down to either … [Read more...]