Photography for Travellers – Episode 136 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Like painting or drawing, photography is something I've always wanted to be better at. And of the three, it's the one I think I have the best chance of improving, so this episode was very important for me! But it's not just about being technically competent about taking photos when you travel - … [Read more...]

Nightlife When You Travel – Episode 135 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I remember back in my late teens and early twenties when I could happily go out to a nightclub until two in the morning and bounce back reasonably well the next day. Well, those days are no more (my son wakes me up before 6am for a start, apart from any other issues!), but now and again I do like to … [Read more...]

Trip planning and research (with a nine-year-old) – the Thailand and Denmark example

Lots of people ask for trip planning advice. And many parents ask me for my tips for planning travel with kids. I always have plenty to say, but really, the different ways people plan, research and prepare for a trip vary as much as individual people vary. Nonetheless - I hope that putting my … [Read more...]

Location Independent Work – Episode 134 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Location independent work, or being a digital nomad, or working online while travelling - there are plenty of ways to describe it but whatever you call it there's no escaping the fact that more and more people are taking their jobs on the road these days, thanks to the modern marvel of the … [Read more...]

The Big Trips That Changed Everything – Episode 133 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes you go on a trip that really changes your life. I've had a few. Campervanning with my family through Europe for six months as a kid: definitely gave me a whole new perspective on the world and the realisation that little ol' Perth, down here in far-away Western Australia, was not all there … [Read more...]

Legoland Japan: A great reason to visit Nagoya with kids

My son is simultaneously one of the most Lego-obsessed and also the most spoilt kids in the world, because in his nine years he's been able to visit Legoland theme parks in three different countries (soon to be four. Oh my!!!). I desperately hope that this will be the introduction to his … [Read more...]

Third Anniversary of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast – Episode 132 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I can barely believe that three years have passed since I released the first episodes of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. (The scarier part is that those first episodes still get listened to regularly! They're not terrible by any means, but I sure sound a lot more comfortable as a podcast the more … [Read more...]

Why You Should Take Your Children Travelling – Episode 131 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Exactly a year ago my son and I were in Japan. It was a trip I had wanted to take him on literally his whole life, and we both had the best two weeks ever! Today, precisely, we were in Legoland Japan, the least Japanese part of our trip. But over that fortnight in Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya, my son … [Read more...]

Brooke McAlary on Slow Family Travel and Nomadic Life – Episode 130 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Long-term listeners will remember that The Thoughtful Travel Podcast really only came to be because Brooke McAlary started up a podcast network. While that may not exist anymore, I'm still sure that without Brooke, this podcast may never have actually come to life, even though I'd been daydreaming … [Read more...]

Travel in Developing Countries – Episode 129 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I remember very vividly the first time I landed in a developing country (and yes, I'm not convinced developing country is the right phrase, but I don't yet have a better alternative) - it was back in 2002 and I'd flown from Japan to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Honestly, it was quite the assault on … [Read more...]