Teaching happy tears: What kids learn from travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam

I'll always remember the first time I saw my son cry from joy, sentimentality and compassion. You know, happy tears, basically. He's eight, and he has cried plenty of times out of frustration, anger, tiredness and grief, but never like this. We were sitting in our hotel room in Hoi An, at the end … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

What travel teaches you about yourself

This next post in my series of guest posts about lessons we learn from travel is really important. Sarah of Travel Breathe Repeat didn't give up her dreams of seeing the world just because she's sick - really sick - and I admire her endlessly for this. Find out more in this fabulous post and thanks … [Read more...]

What parents learn from kids when travelling

My series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling continues with a great story from Jessica of Magnets From Everywhere. I love it because the lesson she and her husband learnt about travelling pre-kids and once kids arrived is a very similar one to what I've learnt in the nearly … [Read more...]

Should I try hitchhiking? Lessons from Jub’s rides

Next in my series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling is this beauty all about hitchhiking - and what you can learn from it. I've sometimes wondered if I should try hitchhiking - I've never done it and it makes me nervous, but I'll never say never, and I know heaps of people … [Read more...]

When planning your trip is a waste of time and other travel lessons

I'm excited to share the first of a series of guest posts I'm hosting about the lessons we learn from travelling. I know I have learnt a huge amount from all my trips over the years, but I wanted to get the perspective of a few other people, too! I've collected some wonderful stories and I look … [Read more...]

Travel to Change Your Life’s Path – Episode 63 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes when you make a decision to travel somewhere, you know it might be life-changing somehow, but you often don't realise exactly what path in life that trip is going to push you down! That's certainly been the case for me and is the same for the three lovely people I speak with in this … [Read more...]