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...]

Travel Planning and Research – Episode 128 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you're a spreadsheet addict, you will LOVE this week's first two guests. If you're bemused by people who have everything booked months before they travel, you'll also love this episode because you'll simply be amazed by the planners out there! Me with Narelle and Shauna shortly after … [Read more...]

Yoga and Meditation Travel – Episode 127 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Thanks to the wonders of modern social media I have a bunch of yoga travel friends and know plenty of people who decide meditation in Bali is the best use of their holiday time. And I am not disagreeing with them - the idea of travelling somewhere to really focus on ME through yoga and meditation … [Read more...]

Language Difficulties When You Travel – Episode 126 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Had a language faux pas on your travels? All the best of us have. I'm not committing mine to writing but if you listen to this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast you may hear about some. Dealing with a language barrier when you travel can sometimes be frustrating but on the whole I find it … [Read more...]

Spending Years Abroad – Episode 125 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As I explain in this episode, I once developed a theory that to properly experience a different country, you need to live there for at least two years. For the first year, you have no idea what's going on, and you're starting to find out about what happens each season, and you might be learning … [Read more...]

Hiking When You Travel – Episode 124 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I love the idea of hiking, and want to do more of it in the future, but so far I haven't got to tackle too many of the world's famous hikes. I have, however, climbed up Mt Fuji, and I tell the somewhat embarrassing story of how that went in the introduction to this episode of The Thoughtful Travel … [Read more...]