Romance and Travel – Episode 169 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

When I realised that this topic of romance and travel was something that deserved to be covered on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I noted that I have had a certain lack of experience of romance and travel. Most of my travels have been either with a boyfriend or husband, or more recently, with a son. … [Read more...]

New Year Travels [Replay] – Episode 168 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Happy New Year! 2020 is nearly here - it's the kind of year that, in my childhood back in the 1980s, sounded like a science fiction. And yet, 2020 starts tomorrow. Crazy! During my 2020 I want to do so many things, but some important ones including launching my kids' travel podcast and finally … [Read more...]

Christmas Travels [Replay] – Episode 167 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Merry Christmas from Perth, Western Australia! While I'm spending the week with family and friends, chilling out (where possible - fortunately the forecast isn't too hot here, and we have avoided the worst of the awful bushfires engulfing the other side of Australia) I'm republishing a Christmas … [Read more...]

Travel Year in Review 2019 – Episode 166 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

To start winding up 2019, I decided it was time to do a 2019 travel year in review podcast episode, to reflect a little on travels this year, on how the podcast has been going - because it's growing and growing, and I've loved being part of that! - and to answer some listener questions, too, because … [Read more...]

Travel Insurance Saves the Day – Episode 165 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It might sound like a boring old adage that goes "if you can't afford travel insurance you can't afford to travel" but it is 100% true - and some tales in this episode show you why, in case you need convincing, and if not, are just entertaining stories! I've been lucky to only need to claim on … [Read more...]

Please Travel With Your Children! – Episode 164 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My son is nine and a half as a write this. I know, 100%, that he is a very different child to how he would have turned out if we hadn't travelled (rather regularly!) throughout his childhood to date. Not bad, just different, but I love the qualities travel has enhanced in him, like a massive amount … [Read more...]

Interview with Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet Founder – Episode 163 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My travel podcasting and travel blogging career has brought about lots of extra-fun things and one of them was getting to meet Tony Wheeler, the legendary founder of the Lonely Planet empire, when he spoke at the Australian Society of Travel Writers convention I went to in Cairns recently. (That's … [Read more...]

Choosing Where to Live Abroad – Episode 162 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Where would you choose to live abroad, if you decided to leave the country where you live now? I have lots of ideas, but it's not a realistic question while my son's still at school, so it's just a daydream - which is probably why making this episode was particularly interesting. I loved hearing … [Read more...]

Start here: The best of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast to 2019

My "second child", The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, is zeroing in on a quarter of a million downloads - which seems so extraordinary to think that thousands of people each week download and listen to me droning on (and my wonderful guests telling amazing stories!). Every day, I can see on the … [Read more...]

Cycling Across the World – Episode 161 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I don't (yet) have the intention to cycle the world. I'm still impressed that we spent a week cycling around Copenhagen earlier this year! This is my son - the more competent cyclist of the two of us, judging by who fell off and who didn't - down near the harbour in Copenhagen. My son with our … [Read more...]