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...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 15 – Travel Builds Confidence, So Do It!

The very first story I ever told on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast (way back in Episode 0) was a tale of a very important (yet seemingly random) moment in my travelling life when I realised that travelling had given me a massive confidence boost. This confidence is something that infiltrates into all … [Read more...]

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...]