The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 14 – Feel the Fear and Travel Anyway

Why do we always want to talk about the scary experiences we've had on our travels? I think that basically we're all proud of having overcome confronting situations in foreign countries (I know I am!) and it's these situations that have taught us more about ourselves and the world than many other … [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...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 12 – Culture Clash! Something’s Different Here

Discovering different cultures is one of the main reasons I love to travel, and I suspect that's the same for many of you as well. Tales of culture shock and cultural differences are at times entertaining, and at other times quite tricky to navigate, and we cover the whole gamut in this newest … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 11 – The Magic of Getting Lost

Hands up if you've ever got lost while you're travelling! I'm pretty sure 99.9% of you just raised your hands. I would definitely have to raise more hands than I had to represent how many times I've got spectacularly lost on my travels. But the good thing is that pretty much every one of those … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 10: How to Cope in Another Language

Figuring out how to communicate in a language you just don't speak can be both stressful and hilarious when we travel. Personally I usually find it hilarious, but there are certainly some times when it can feel frustrating or difficult. And that's why I wanted to talk about some of the different … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 9 – The Story’s in the Scary Bits

When my podcast guests and I start planning what we're going to talk about on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I show them a list of potential topics and do you know what the most popular choice of all is? Scary stuff! Everyone has a tale of something frightening which has happened to them on their … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 8 – Travel with Kids and Kids on Travel

I was super-lucky to get to travel when I was a kid - six months around Europe in a campervan being the most significant chunk of travelling I got to do, and it shaped so much about my life - I'm fairly certain I wouldn't be a travel blogger and podcaster if that trip hadn't captured my imagination … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 7 – Unexpected Travel Friends (and Monks on Facebook)

If you were to scroll through my list of Facebook friends, you'll find people of all different nationalities. Quite a lot of them are people I've taught English to over the years, but some of them are much more random - just people I've met on my travels, people I've struck up a friendship with in … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 6 – Surprise! Travel Expectations and Lessons

I'm constantly surprised by the things that happen when I travel, and it turns out this feeling is shared by many of my fellow travellers. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I got to hear about some gorgeous surprises visited upon one of my all-time favourite travel … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 5 – Every Traveller’s Scared Sometimes

For years, I thought I was the only traveller who was regularly scared and anxious about travelling. Much to my surprise, I more recently discovered that a huge number of my fellow travel-lovers and regular travellers have all kinds of anxieties and fears about various aspects of travelling. But … [Read more...]