Housesitting While Travelling – Episode 89 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

This is another well-timed episode because I'll be travelling in Japan when it airs, knowing that at home in Perth I have a brilliant housesitter taking care of everything - including my lovely cats. I have only done a little housesitting in my time - and more frequently used a housesitter, … [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...]

Travelling With Your Parents – Episode 87 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling with your parents as an adult is an interesting experience. It can be an amazing way to create beautiful family memories and it can be a short-cut to extreme arguments - or so I'm told, because I know I've been very lucky to have had only wonderful experiences on trips with my parents. … [Read more...]

Travel and Self Development – Episode 86 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Why do we travel? It's a big question! While we might on the surface think we're travelling to have a break, or to see something new, or to go and visit friends or family, there is always something more underneath it. There are so many fabulous reasons to travel abroad (or even nearby) and I am sure … [Read more...]

Cross Cultural Kids – Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's been happening for decades but I'm sure it's more common than ever before: third culture kids (TCK) or cross cultural kids who grow up somewhere away from where there parents consider home and end up being quite multicultural in their thinking. I'm fascinated by the idea and having taught … [Read more...]

Adventures Abroad in Nature – Episode 84 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Nature is amazing, right? I'm a city girl, born and bred, and many of us don't get outside the city too often. But if your adventures abroad take you into nature you can see some truly phenomenal things, and some of these feature in the stories my guests have to tell you in this episode of the … [Read more...]

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) – Episode 83 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Teaching English as a second language has played a very important role in my life (and the life of this blog, in fact!). It was for a TESOL/TEFL job that I left Australia and lived in Japan, Slovakia and Germany - this was "back in the day" when earning money online wasn't a thing, and teaching … [Read more...]

Hobbies and Travelling – Episode 82 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you combined hobbies and travelling? One of my very favourite hobbies is reading, but when I was travelling long-term, it was the early to mid 2000's, and Kindles hadn't been invented yet. (Or at the very least, ebook readers were in their infancy and not useful to me.) I loved to read - I … [Read more...]

Culture Shock in Your Home Country – Episode 81 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

For me, culture shock in my home country, Australia, happened like this: I was surprised (and somewhat confused) to be able to chat extensively with the checkout operators at the supermarket, after living in Germany where that rarely happens I was somewhat saddened (though I understand it … [Read more...]

Travel in Africa – Episode 80 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Let's go to Africa! To date, my trips to Africa have been brief and fairly northerly ... I spent a week in Egypt near Hurghada, and a fabulous fortnight backpacking around Tunisia. But there's so much more to see. I did spend quite some time a few years back planning a trip to Africa including … [Read more...]