Benefits of Travelling with Kids – Episode 54 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

You have probably heard me rant before about my (many, many) answers to the question - "why travel with kids if they won't remember it?" I won't rehash that now but suffice to say, I strongly believe there about a gazillion benefits of travelling with kids and most of them apply whether they … [Read more...]

Travel with Disability and Chronic Illness – Episode 53 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I always despair when I hear people talk about their desire to travel but then follow up with some excuse about why they decided not to - usually a decision related to money or fear or a kind of manufactured excuse not to reach outside their comfort zone. That's why I love this episode of The … [Read more...]

How Travel Sparks Creativity – Episode 52 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Do you feel more creative when you travel? I often feel a real spark of creativity when I'm travelling and wondered if I was alone - according to the guests I speak to for this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I definitely am not! I often come home with long lists of ideas: blog post ideas, … [Read more...]

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...]