Reverse Culture Shock – Episode 51 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you've experienced reverse culture shock before, you'll completely empathise with my guests today. If you haven't, you might think it's a sadness experienced by very lucky people who should get over themselves. I promise, having experienced it myself, it's not that simple. Yes, we're very … [Read more...]

Cold or Sick? Adversity on Your Travels – Episode 50 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've just come back from some sunny days south of Mandurah, Western Australia, staying with my dad and stepmother: my dad, who is turning 80 this year (not that you'd know it to follow him on his chores around his bush block) but what's remarkable to me is he still has never seen snow fall. He's … [Read more...]

Understanding History Through Travel – Episode 49 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've always loved history and enjoyed studying it at school, but sometimes I notice that I'm really well-informed on some kinds of history and not others. And what that mostly comes down to is whether or not I've travelled to the place concerned! Yep, understanding history logically can be strongly … [Read more...]

The Grateful Anniversary Episode – Episode 48 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Happy first birthday to The Thoughtful Travel Podcast! I'm celebrating this milestone by chatting with some fabulous travellers who I most likely would never have met without this podcast as an excuse. If I thought having a travel blog was a great opening line to meet people, I had no idea how much … [Read more...]

Taking Tours on Your Travels – Episode 47 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How often do you take a tour when you go travelling? In my case it's a pretty rare event, but after the chats I had with the guests in today's episode I think I'll be more open in my approach. There are definitely more kinds of tours these days and especially short trips and day tours where there … [Read more...]

Online or Off? Friendships and Travel – Episode 46 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling to see amazing places is wonderful. But the kind of travel that either introduces you to new friends or cements incredible friendships with people you've already met - whether online or offline - is absolutely my favourite travel of all. I have made both short-term and long-term … [Read more...]

Ways to Experience Nature on Your Travels – Episode 45 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Even though I'm basically a city girl at heart, getting out into nature regularly is still really important to me, and I'm regularly totally blown away by some of the amazing nature experiences I encounter on my travels. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I asked some of my … [Read more...]

How to Embrace Slow Travel – Episode 44 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I am definitely an advocate of slow travel. And I will continue to talk about it until more people decide they want to try it. Have you heard my theory of very-slow-travel? When I lived in Slovakia, after two years in Japan, I came up with the idea that you need to live in a foreign place for at … [Read more...]

How Authors Travel to Research Their Novels – Episode 43 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

There are all kinds of professions which involve travel but I didn't realise until I watched a friend doing it that being a novelist was one that could give you a reason to see the world. That sparked my idea of speaking with a bunch of writers about how they travel as part of the research for their … [Read more...]

Great Travel Souvenirs – Episode 42 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Gone are the days - for me - when I buy dozens of crappy souvenirs of a place - but I still love checking out souvenir shops and I also love hunting for something really special to take home to remember a place. Plus I've got a young son - and kids are notorious for looking for the rubbishy … [Read more...]