Immersing with Locals When You Travel – Episode 141 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Do I chat to locals when I travel? Just ask my son after our recent stay in Denmark. He can tell you just how annoying it was for him every time I cornered yet another of our Airbnb hosts to quiz them with all my questions about their lovely country! Yep, the more I can immerse with locals the … [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...]

My Phrae, Thailand trip: Three temples, one indigo scarf and so much food!

Heading to Thailand and want to visit somewhere a little different? This was only my second trip to Thailand but I was so excited to have the chance to go off the beaten path a bit, so I've got two recommendations for you in northern Thailand. First up: the town of Phrae (and it was followed up by … [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...]

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...]

Random Acts of Travel Kindness – Episode 88 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As this episode airs, I'm a day away from returning to Japan with my son - and Japan is the place I know I was blessed with so very many random acts of travel kindness, both when I lived there and on my return visit a couple of years ago. So it's timely to look back on some of those moments were a … [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...]

7 things I’ve learnt from homestays and language exchanges

It's easy to stay at a hotel when you travel. But it's way more interesting to stay in a homestay, get to know some local people and even get them to help you learn their language. Over the years I've had a bunch of homestay experiences, mostly in Russia and Germany, and hosted some … [Read more...]

The Kindness of Strangers on Your Travels – Episode 76 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes it's hard to talk to strangers. It seems a bit easier when you travel, because everyone's a stranger. And the best part: strangers often turn out to be incredibly kind and helpful, and leave you with great stories to tell on my podcast sometime down the track! And that's exactly what's … [Read more...]