Travelling in Muslim Countries – Episode 115 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Every so often an episode comes along that I could listen to ten times, and this is one of them: Episode 115 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is about a topic that I find so intriguing and only have a little bit of experience with. I've travelled in a Muslim-dominated country like Tunisia and … [Read more...]

Bargaining and Tipping on Your Travels – Episode 91 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Questions of money can get tricky and icky. And that's why I was fascinated to hear everybody's differing viewpoints on bargaining or haggling when you travel, along with some talk of tipping too (being from Australia, a non-tipping culture, this stresses me no end ... well, as does the bargaining … [Read more...]

Cultural Differences Around the World – Episode 79 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's pretty common to bump into cultural differences when you travel, and even more so to uncover them if you're living and working in a foreign country - over the years I have certainly discovered a truckload of them, often about topics I never would have imagined - like how Australians wash their … [Read more...]

The Aussie bush – what Australians mean when they talk about the bush

When you grow up knowing something intimately - like the Australian bush - it's easy to forget that people in other parts of the world won't know what you're talking about. That's exactly what happens to me time and time again when I talk to non-Australians about "the bush". Australia is, after all, … [Read more...]

Culture Shock Abroad – Episode 41 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Culture shock is a funny thing. I've experienced it a few times, particularly in Asia and Africa where the cultures are more different to my own, and there have been times when it's kind of taken the wind out of my sails and I've had a day or so feeling a bit uncomfortable in a new place. Luckily … [Read more...]

Christmas Travels – Episode 37 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Christmas is coming: are you ready? That phrase has run around in my head for decades after I saw it on a bumper sticker as a child! In any case, it's not long until Christmas and I thought this was a great excuse to gather some Christmassy travel tales for The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I think … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 18 – Cultural Fusion and Confusion

I guess there was a time when different nationalities around the world barely interacted and didn't know much about each other's cultures - but those days are long gone now. I think many travellers who are headed to a destination where the culture is different from their own will do a fair bit of … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 4 – Smashing Stereotypes

Ah, good old stereotypes. Can't live with 'em, can't live without em. In the latest episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I'm musing with a few travel buddies about stereotypes and how travelling can help us to smash them! Of course, not every stereotype is terrible (I give an example myself in … [Read more...]

5 things I didn’t expect in Bangkok (and 3 I did)

Apparently, it's the year of surprises. Having travelled to a few Asian cities before, I had some fairly set expectations for Bangkok. Crazy busy chaos was basically what I thought awaited me - along with some delicious food and fun people. But just like Iceland did, Bangkok decided to serve … [Read more...]

5 more funny mistakes foreigners make in Germany

Ah, Germany. The land of long lists of rules and home to 80 million devoted rule-followers. The rules are one of the reasons I love Germany, but as you may remember from last year's post on the 5 funniest mistakes foreigners make in Germany, the abundance of rules does lead to a high number of … [Read more...]