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...]

My favourite road trip destinations in south-west Germany

Apart from Australia, I lived in Germany for longer than any other country, and yet I’ve barely blogged about it. Quite regularly, though, I find myself telling people on Instagram or Twitter or elsewhere about my favourite lesser-known towns in south-west Germany, around where I lived, and I … [Read more...]

Exploring Cultural Differences – Episode 123 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm such a fan of cultural differences that when I moved to live and work in Germany, after a couple of years in Japan and a year in Slovakia, I was pretty disappointed at first - because there weren't enough cultural differences. Germany seemed to be quite like Australia at first (especially in … [Read more...]

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...]