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...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 4 – Smashing Stereotypes

Ah, good old stereotypes. Can't live with 'em, can't live without em. In the latest episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I'm musing with a few travel buddies about stereotypes and how travelling can help us to smash them! Of course, not every stereotype is terrible (I give an example myself in … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 3 – Stay With Locals

In Episode 3, I talk with several travel lovers about their experiences staying with locals. The most common way I've stayed with locals on my travels is in homestays across Russia, and I'd love to do more of it - although I feel kind of awkward staying with strangers while my son is young, so I … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 2 – The Terror of Getting Lost While Travelling

As a bonus for launch day of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, you get not one but TWO episodes. This one is already one of my favourites (I know, early days, but just listen). Normally I include three interviewees but these two were such great storytellers that I could only fit in two, and even with … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 1 – Food in a Foreign Language

Launch day is here - and so are the first two full episodes of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I am beyond excited and yet also rather nervous to be releasing this baby into the wild! But I hope you'll enjoy having me and my wonderful guests in your ears for twenty-five minutes or so each week (and … [Read more...]

Introducing The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 0

It's here! My podcast, that is. The Thoughtful Travel Podcast now has its own place on iTunes and come Friday there'll even be several episodes there ready to download - and then it'll be a weekly show with new episodes coming out on Tuesdays. Yippee! Show Notes for Episode 0 - Preview … [Read more...]