How Slow is Slow Travel? Episode 25 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I know it's very trendy to talk about slow travel these days, but my guests today and I have largely been doing it for years, just without knowing what it was called. As I discuss a little on the episode, I'm not sure anyone will agree on a precise definition of slow travel, but it's still a … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 24 – Wanderlust for Adults Who Didn’t Travel As Kids

Having just flown back in from Queensland yesterday, I can assure you I still have massive wanderlust. That was a quick five-day work trip, but still, the thrill of being in new places and being in airports and all of those other travelly things just inspires me so much. Obviously a lot of people … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 23 – Foreign Food: From Fishermen to Tarantulas

Food, glorious food! While I'm no foodie or food blogger, I'm still human and I do love to taste delicious foods when I travel. I'm not so keen on tasting non-delicious foods when I travel but sometimes you don't know until you try, right? This episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast features … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 22 – Memorable Travel Moments: Hungry Porcupines and More

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is back after a couple of weeks off while I moved house. My new podcasting room is so much prettier! But noisier - there'll be bird noises, I'm sure. (Not too sorry about it though, because nature is lovely.) Well, nature is usually lovely, but the first story in … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 21 – Pros and Cons of the Internet for Travellers

Life without the internet - now that we've experienced it - would be a weird kind of life. You wouldn't read this blog or listen to this podcast, among other things (and that would be tragic, right?). But the internet is not all rainbows and kittens, and having everything available so easily is … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 20 – English Names, Widows and PNG in the 1950s

It's funny how, when you're producing something weekly and you just keep plodding along, you can very quickly start reaching big numbers, like 20. Big to me, anyway, to think that this is the 20th episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, something I've imagined making for so long and finally this … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 19 – Travelling with Kids is Good for Everyone

You do not want to try telling me that it's a waste of time to take kids travelling. (You don't want to tell my first guest this either, because she has just as strong opinions as I do!) I'm totally convinced there are numerous benefits of taking a child of any age travelling, despite what some … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 18 – Cultural Fusion and Confusion

I guess there was a time when different nationalities around the world barely interacted and didn't know much about each other's cultures - but those days are long gone now. I think many travellers who are headed to a destination where the culture is different from their own will do a fair bit of … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 17 – What Sparks Wanderlust?

Wanderlust is such a lovely word for a feeling that's not always easy to live with (you can't always travel whenever you want). If you check out Wikipedia's discussion of wanderlust you might be reminded (as I was) that of course it originally meant the desire to go hiking (wandern) rather than … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 16 – On Grief and Travel

Every Tuesday morning I sit down to breakfast with my son and we listen to the new episode of my podcast together. That's the main reason I ask my guests not to swear, but it was only as we sat down this morning to listen to this episode that I realised it's not just swearing that might make my … [Read more...]