Please Travel With Your Children! – Episode 164 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My son is nine and a half as a write this. I know, 100%, that he is a very different child to how he would have turned out if we hadn't travelled (rather regularly!) throughout his childhood to date. Not bad, just different, but I love the qualities travel has enhanced in him, like a massive amount … [Read more...]

Interview with Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet Founder – Episode 163 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My travel podcasting and travel blogging career has brought about lots of extra-fun things and one of them was getting to meet Tony Wheeler, the legendary founder of the Lonely Planet empire, when he spoke at the Australian Society of Travel Writers convention I went to in Cairns recently. (That's … [Read more...]

Choosing Where to Live Abroad – Episode 162 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Where would you choose to live abroad, if you decided to leave the country where you live now? I have lots of ideas, but it's not a realistic question while my son's still at school, so it's just a daydream - which is probably why making this episode was particularly interesting. I loved hearing … [Read more...]

Start here: The best of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast to 2019

My "second child", The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, is zeroing in on a quarter of a million downloads - which seems so extraordinary to think that thousands of people each week download and listen to me droning on (and my wonderful guests telling amazing stories!). Every day, I can see on the … [Read more...]

Cycling Across the World – Episode 161 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I don't (yet) have the intention to cycle the world. I'm still impressed that we spent a week cycling around Copenhagen earlier this year! This is my son - the more competent cyclist of the two of us, judging by who fell off and who didn't - down near the harbour in Copenhagen. My son with our … [Read more...]

Cairns and Queensland Podcast Diary – Episode 160 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've been away - and I want to tell you all about it! Cairns hosted the annual convention of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and I was excited to head along there - and see a bit of Cairns and tropical north Queensland while I was there. Have a listen (after you've looked at my idyllic … [Read more...]

Languages and Travel – Episode 159 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Regular listeners will know I have collected decent German, a smattering of Japanese and a few words of Slovak (after six months of weekly classes!) from my travels - but I always wish I could speak more languages more fluently, because it really does enhance your experiences when you travel. My … [Read more...]

When Travel Days Go Wrong – Episode 158 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm amused and simultaneously bemused that episodes I've published about things going wrong when you travel often become some of the most popular. I hope it's more that we empathise with the tale-teller than any kind of schadenfreude ... right? The reason I personally love these stories is that … [Read more...]

Uncommon Destinations – Episode 157 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

What's the most unusual place you've visited? And do you strive to visit the more uncommon destinations? There's absolutely nothing wrong with heading to France or Italy on a trip, but I really believe there's something quite special about heading to the less-visited corners of the globe. I love not … [Read more...]

How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone – Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Three years ago I stretched my comfort zone in a (to me) horrifying way, by finding myself in a microlight flying over Ningaloo Reef. I was on a last-minute press trip and the itinerary had described this activity as a scenic flight, without specifying the mode of transport ... suffice to say, I … [Read more...]