Culture Shock When You Get Home – Episode 139 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Reverse culture shock, or re-entry shock, or culture shock when you get home - whatever name you give it, it's often a problem we don't anticipate and it can hit you harder than you'd expect. Sure, it's a true privilege to have experienced other cultures and then return home and find it difficult … [Read more...]

Accommodation Alternatives – Episode 138 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

When I look back on my travels, pretty much all of my favourite places to stay have been alternatives to hotels. I don't mind a hotel but many have a tendency to feel a bit same-same or sometimes they feel crowded and noisy. Chatting with Dan, Kendall and Chris for Episode 138 of The Thoughtful … [Read more...]

Depression and Travel – Episode 137 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm often blown away by how giving and honest my podcasts guests will be when telling me about their various experiences but this episode about depression and travel is one where all my guests have gone above and beyond. I'm extremely grateful to all three of them for their willingness to open up … [Read more...]

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...]