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...]

Conversations with Locals – Episode 59 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Are you shy or brave about chatting to locals when you travel? I can be either, depending on the circumstances, but I've definitely got better at it over the years and when it's a language issue, for example, I've got much braver about just "having a go" in the local language and not worrying about … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 13 – Taking it Slow: Travelling to Feel Like a Local

Slow travel has become quite the catch phrase in travel circles of late, and although it's something that I think quite a lot of people have recognised and practiced for many years, a bit of research suggests that labelling "slow travel" as such is something that's only been happening in the last … [Read more...]