Behind the Scenes – Episode 100 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Woohoo!!! My podcast has turned 100! Well, we have reach the 100th episode, at least, and that seems like an awesome milestone to celebrate, right? My podcast has been one of the most joyous things I've done during the past couple of years - honestly, a time that has been quite chaotic as it's … [Read more...]

Close Calls When Travelling – Episode 99 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Touch wood and all those other lucky things, I have never had a serious accident or problem or emergency when I've been travelling. And I really hope it stays that way forever! Being a travel blogger with lots of travel-loving friends I have too often logged onto Facebook and seen a friend who's … [Read more...]

Fun Tales of Getting Lost on Your Travels – Episode 98 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My favourite tale of getting lost - in retrospect - was the time I climbed down Mt Fuji the wrong way. Let me tell you that at the time I did NOT think it was going to be a favourite story but it is now - but you will have to listen to Episode 98 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast to find out what … [Read more...]

Lessons from Living Abroad – Episode 97 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you ever lived abroad, or can you imagine moving overseas for a time? I consider myself extremely lucky that I lived and worked abroad in Japan, Slovakia and Germany for about five and a half years in total, loved every single minute of it, and, of course, learnt a tonne from all those … [Read more...]

Remote Travel in Africa – Episode 96 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Africa is a place many of us aspire to explore but fewer people actually get there. I've been lucky enough to travel a little through Tunisia (the pic below is of my camel's foot when I spent a day out in the Sahara Desert in Tunisia), and have a quick trip to Egypt, but that is not even scraping … [Read more...]

Travel Mishaps and Misjudgments – Episode 95 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Ever made a mistake on your travels, or had some kind of mishap? If not, you probably just need to travel more. Travel mishaps and misjudgments are bound to happen but thankfully most of them turn into a good story. (Sometimes just an annoying story, like the time an airline lost my … [Read more...]

Lessons from travels later in life

I can't get enough of people's lessons from travel - just reminds me over and over how important travelling can be in shaping our lives - and so I have a great guest post here from Aussie couple Ros and Alan from the Frequent Traveller site. It's a good reminder that no matter how old you are or how … [Read more...]

How Travel Changes Kids – Episode 94 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling as a kid completely changed my life path (I feel confident I wouldn't be a travel blogger now if my parents hadn't taken the massive step of dragging two kids around Europe in a campervan over thirty years ago ...) and I can see already that travelling has changed my son's life (for the … [Read more...]

How to Deal With Travel Anxiety – Episode 93 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You'd think that since travelling is, on many occasions, completely optional, that those of us who suffer from anxiety before travel would just give up doing it. But I certainly haven't, and I've been surprised over the years to discover so many of my fellow travel-lovers who find some aspects of … [Read more...]

The life-changing magic of taking my son to Japan

Since 2010 I've been working on a really important project: I've been educating (or really, brainwashing) my son, since his birth in 2010, to fall in love with Japan. Japan is a country that's really important to me, after living and working there for a couple of years in my twenties, and … [Read more...]