Cairns and Queensland Podcast Diary – Episode 160 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've been away - and I want to tell you all about it! Cairns hosted the annual convention of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and I was excited to head along there - and see a bit of Cairns and tropical north Queensland while I was there. Have a listen (after you've looked at my idyllic … [Read more...]

Languages and Travel – Episode 159 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Regular listeners will know I have collected decent German, a smattering of Japanese and a few words of Slovak (after six months of weekly classes!) from my travels - but I always wish I could speak more languages more fluently, because it really does enhance your experiences when you travel. My … [Read more...]

When Travel Days Go Wrong – Episode 158 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm amused and simultaneously bemused that episodes I've published about things going wrong when you travel often become some of the most popular. I hope it's more that we empathise with the tale-teller than any kind of schadenfreude ... right? The reason I personally love these stories is that … [Read more...]

Uncommon Destinations – Episode 157 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

What's the most unusual place you've visited? And do you strive to visit the more uncommon destinations? There's absolutely nothing wrong with heading to France or Italy on a trip, but I really believe there's something quite special about heading to the less-visited corners of the globe. I love not … [Read more...]

How Travel Stretches Our Comfort Zone – Episode 156 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Three years ago I stretched my comfort zone in a (to me) horrifying way, by finding myself in a microlight flying over Ningaloo Reef. I was on a last-minute press trip and the itinerary had described this activity as a scenic flight, without specifying the mode of transport ... suffice to say, I … [Read more...]

What’s So Special About India? – Episode 155 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

There's something about India. I haven't experienced it for myself yet, and it wasn't until I started asking more and more people why they found India so special that I've finally begun to understand it (and my chat with Seng Mah in this episode includes my actual "lightbulb moment", I reckon!), but … [Read more...]

Dancing on Your Travels – Episode 154 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Do you dance? And do you travel to dance? I'd say the answer for the latter is mostly no - but after you listen to this episode you might just change your mind. At the very least, it'll be great food for thought about just what else you can get out of a trip when you immerse yourself in something … [Read more...]

Reading Books to Inspire Travel – Episode 153 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Is your shelf full of travel books - whether they're travel guide books, travel memoirs, novels or other stories simply set in a great destination you've been to or want to visit? I know my shelf is (who am I kidding - my shelves, multiple!) and reading books has been an important complement to my … [Read more...]

Transformative Travel – Episode 152 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

For most of my life, I knew that I wanted to travel more: it wasn't until my mid-twenties when I lived abroad and travelled a whole lot that I realised just how valuable it was, beyond just getting away from normal life and having fun. Travelling completely transformed my life, and sent my personal … [Read more...]

Scuba Diving Travel – Episode 151 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm not the bravest of travellers. (There was that time I flew in a microlight - that was the brief peak of my brave travel days, I think!) Scuba diving travel is not something that's been on my radar, because I'm worried about not being able to breathe or about meeting a mean shark - but this … [Read more...]