Culture Shock Abroad – Episode 41 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Culture shock is a funny thing. I've experienced it a few times, particularly in Asia and Africa where the cultures are more different to my own, and there have been times when it's kind of taken the wind out of my sails and I've had a day or so feeling a bit uncomfortable in a new place. Luckily … [Read more...]

Important Things Travel Teaches Us – Episode 40 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

When you look for them, there are lessons from life everywhere, but I really believe that when you're travelling, the learnings really come in thick and fast. You're experiencing new and different things, you're probably more open to learning because you're out of your comfort zone and away from … [Read more...]

Fears and Freaking Out Before You Travel – Episode 39 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Everyone assumes that experienced travellers just breeze through a trip confidently and happily. Let me tell you a secret: we don't! Well, speaking for myself (and this episode's guests) at least, we often freak out before and during a trip - although in my case, it's mostly before. Personally I … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve Travels – Episode 38 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The end of 2016 is fast approaching and on this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I thought it was a good time to talk about travelling at New Year's - as well as thinking about our travel resolutions for the year ahead. It's the first episode to feature Kim-Ling of Travel-Ling - I met … [Read more...]

Christmas Travels – Episode 37 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Christmas is coming: are you ready? That phrase has run around in my head for decades after I saw it on a bumper sticker as a child! In any case, it's not long until Christmas and I thought this was a great excuse to gather some Christmassy travel tales for The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. I think … [Read more...]

Reasons to Love Japan – Episode 36 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've been writing about my love for Japan ever since I began this blog 11 and a half years ago, but the fact is, I had lost sight of just HOW MUCH I love it! Thirteen years after I left Osaka, I finally got to return, and I was reminded of all the reasons I love Japan, and everything was even better … [Read more...]

Making Friends Through Travel – Episode 35 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Some people travel to see the sights; some to eat the food. I like doing both of these too, but one of my favourite things to do while I'm travelling is to make new friends. And that's what Episode 35 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is all about. Whether I'm making completely new friends by … [Read more...]

Travel and Stereotypes – Episode 34 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The topic of stereotypes is an endlessly fascinating one for me. When I was an ESL teacher, especially here in Perth when I would have a class full of different nationalities, it was so interesting to observe which aspects of a stereotype had some basis in reality and which didn't. This episode … [Read more...]

Volunteer Travel to Help You and the World – Episode 33 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've travelled around in lots of different ways but to date, I've never done any kind of volunteer travel. (I've volunteered while I've been living somewhere, but not gone anywhere specifically to volunteer.) I will one day for sure - if not before then definitely I can see myself wandering the … [Read more...]

On Keeping a Travel Journal – Episode 32 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Ah, travel journals. One of my favourite topics, as you know. And something that takes up several shelves in my bookcase, too. I'm fascinated to hear about other people's habits when it comes to journalling, and I'm pleased to say that my three guests today are quite committed journal keepers. … [Read more...]