Unusual Food Experiences on Your Travels – Episode 106 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

What's the most unusual eating experience you've had when travelling? I have heard some horror ones and some of them actually feature in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I am not a very courageous eater when it comes to highly unusual foods but my guests have another approach … [Read more...]

Seeing sumo in Osaka, Japan, with kids

The timing for our Japan trip, being in Osaka in March, was more to do with cherry blossom season than sumo, but as soon as I realised that the annual Osaka sumo tournament coincided with our stay I made sure we would be there. What kid wouldn't want to see sumo wrestlers in action? I knew for sure … [Read more...]

Visiting Art Galleries on Your Travels – Episode 105 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I wasn't really an art gallery lover as a child or teen. I'm sure part of it is because I'm not especially artistic (I'm creative in other ways, let's say) so I didn't appreciate what goes in to making art. But as an adult, especially when travelling a lot, I got exposed to so much more art and … [Read more...]

Fiji and Empowerment Tourism – Episode 104 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You may notice I can't stop talking about my empowerment tourism tour and experience in Fiji. That's because it was so awesome! The funny thing is, the friends I made on that tour feel exactly the same. I arranged to chat with a couple of them for the podcast and luckily for you this episode is just … [Read more...]

Visiting a Fijian village: how to meet locals while travelling and empower them, too

If I get to meet locals while travelling then it is usually a sign of an awesome trip. To travel and meet people who I can talk to about what a destination is really like for the people who live there is one of my favourite parts of travelling - I love to really get to know something about a culture … [Read more...]

Travelling as an Introvert – Episode 103 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Does spending time with people energise you or do you need a good rest after it? That's my basic definition of being an extrovert (me) versus an introvert (my guests in this podcast episode), and it has been fascinating for me to discover how introverts deal with the people demands of travelling. My … [Read more...]

Going back to Japan – what it’s like to return to your ex-pat home

It was so exciting earlier this year to be returning to my ex-pat home, Osaka, to show my son where I used to live. I’ve talked to him about various aspects of my life in Osaka and Nara over the years - I lived and worked there for two years between 2001 and 2003 - but there’s nothing like being … [Read more...]

Child-Friendly Cultures for Travellers – Episode 102 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Before I went on my recent trip to Fiji, a friend of mine who's taken her kids to a million different countries (okay, closer to 40, but still a lot!) told me that Fiji was the most child-friendly culture she had ever come across. That was a big call coming from someone that well-travelled but it … [Read more...]

Destinations Worth Visiting Twice – Episode 101 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes I just want to go to completely new places when I travel, but sometimes it can also be really fun to return to a destination you've visited before. I started asking some of my podcast guests about the destinations they always return to and got some very interesting answers! Show … [Read more...]

Thoughtful travel and empowerment tourism in Fiji with Hands On Journeys

"Do you want to come to Fiji with me in a couple of weeks?" I asked my son, a bit of a random question for a Sunday afternoon. "Where is it and what does it look like?" I showed him the brochure I'd got. I got an enthusiastic yes. (Who's surprised?!) (Pre-reading warning: Hands On … [Read more...]