Talking to Locals When We Travel – Episode 122 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite memories of meeting locals when I travel is of two gentlemen I met in the Latvian port town of Ventspils. We only chatted for five or ten minutes, but I've always remembered them, and as it was something that happened fairly early on in my travelling years, it's an incident that … [Read more...]

Travelling in Cold Places – Episode 121 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Welcome to the first episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast for 2019! This episode is one that you'll empathise with in the northern hemisphere (being mid-winter there) but for us down here in Australia, for example, we are just daydreaming about cold weather because we've got all the hot summer … [Read more...]

A travel year in three downpours: Kyoto, Bangkok and Saigon

When it rains, it pours, right? 2018 was the year when it poured both literally and metaphorically for me in terms of travel. And I loved every second of all of it. A rainy day in Kyoto: Visiting Fushimi Inari The only trip I actually had planned for 2018 was to take my son to Japan for a … [Read more...]

Sustainable travel around the Philippines

In recent years, the Philippines keeps crossing my radar - and one interesting aspect is that it has been actively attempting to promote its green spaces and nature attractions to tourists. Just as in some of the more popular destinations around the world, South East Asia too has fallen prey to … [Read more...]

2018 in Review: Travel Fun and Podcast Fun – Episode 120 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How lucky have I been this year, to be able to continue travelling to incredible places with the most delightful people, and to be able to chat with fascinating guests for the podcast and keep putting out new episodes every week?! I'm excited to share my final episode for 2018 - and a little sad, … [Read more...]

Life-Altering Travel Moments – Episode 119 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Has a particular trip or even just a travel moment changed your life significantly? If so - you are not alone, and in Episode 119 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcasts I speak with three travellers who've had life-altering travel moments. (And I'd say: if you haven't had a life-changing travel … [Read more...]

Ecotourism and Responsible Travel – Episode 118 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Five years ago I knew pretty much nothing about responsible tourism. If I'd been in a situation where I'd be offered the chance to ride an elephant, I would have done it. And I think lots of us are in that boat - it's an issue which has been discussed so much more in recent years and we've all … [Read more...]

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...]