Brooke McAlary on Slow Family Travel and Nomadic Life – Episode 130 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Long-term listeners will remember that The Thoughtful Travel Podcast really only came to be because Brooke McAlary started up a podcast network. While that may not exist anymore, I'm still sure that without Brooke, this podcast may never have actually come to life, even though I'd been daydreaming … [Read more...]

Travel in Developing Countries – Episode 129 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I remember very vividly the first time I landed in a developing country (and yes, I'm not convinced developing country is the right phrase, but I don't yet have a better alternative) - it was back in 2002 and I'd flown from Japan to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Honestly, it was quite the assault on … [Read more...]

Travel Planning and Research – Episode 128 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you're a spreadsheet addict, you will LOVE this week's first two guests. If you're bemused by people who have everything booked months before they travel, you'll also love this episode because you'll simply be amazed by the planners out there! Me with Narelle and Shauna shortly after … [Read more...]

Yoga and Meditation Travel – Episode 127 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Thanks to the wonders of modern social media I have a bunch of yoga travel friends and know plenty of people who decide meditation in Bali is the best use of their holiday time. And I am not disagreeing with them - the idea of travelling somewhere to really focus on ME through yoga and meditation … [Read more...]

Language Difficulties When You Travel – Episode 126 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Had a language faux pas on your travels? All the best of us have. I'm not committing mine to writing but if you listen to this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast you may hear about some. Dealing with a language barrier when you travel can sometimes be frustrating but on the whole I find it … [Read more...]

Hiking When You Travel – Episode 124 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I love the idea of hiking, and want to do more of it in the future, but so far I haven't got to tackle too many of the world's famous hikes. I have, however, climbed up Mt Fuji, and I tell the somewhat embarrassing story of how that went in the introduction to this episode of The Thoughtful Travel … [Read more...]

Exploring Cultural Differences – Episode 123 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm such a fan of cultural differences that when I moved to live and work in Germany, after a couple of years in Japan and a year in Slovakia, I was pretty disappointed at first - because there weren't enough cultural differences. Germany seemed to be quite like Australia at first (especially in … [Read more...]

Talking to Locals When We Travel – Episode 122 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite memories of meeting locals when I travel is of two gentlemen I met in the Latvian port town of Ventspils. We only chatted for five or ten minutes, but I've always remembered them, and as it was something that happened fairly early on in my travelling years, it's an incident that … [Read more...]

Travelling in Cold Places – Episode 121 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Welcome to the first episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast for 2019! This episode is one that you'll empathise with in the northern hemisphere (being mid-winter there) but for us down here in Australia, for example, we are just daydreaming about cold weather because we've got all the hot summer … [Read more...]

2018 in Review: Travel Fun and Podcast Fun – Episode 120 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How lucky have I been this year, to be able to continue travelling to incredible places with the most delightful people, and to be able to chat with fascinating guests for the podcast and keep putting out new episodes every week?! I'm excited to share my final episode for 2018 - and a little sad, … [Read more...]