Teaching happy tears: What kids learn from travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam

I'll always remember the first time I saw my son cry from joy, sentimentality and compassion. You know, happy tears, basically. He's eight, and he has cried plenty of times out of frustration, anger, tiredness and grief, but never like this. We were sitting in our hotel room in Hoi An, at the end … [Read more...]

Lessons from travels later in life

I can't get enough of people's lessons from travel - just reminds me over and over how important travelling can be in shaping our lives - and so I have a great guest post here from Aussie couple Ros and Alan from the Frequent Traveller site. It's a good reminder that no matter how old you are or how … [Read more...]

What travel teaches you about yourself

This next post in my series of guest posts about lessons we learn from travel is really important. Sarah of Travel Breathe Repeat didn't give up her dreams of seeing the world just because she's sick - really sick - and I admire her endlessly for this. Find out more in this fabulous post and thanks … [Read more...]

What parents learn from kids when travelling

My series of guest posts about the lessons we learn from travelling continues with a great story from Jessica of Magnets From Everywhere. I love it because the lesson she and her husband learnt about travelling pre-kids and once kids arrived is a very similar one to what I've learnt in the nearly … [Read more...]

When planning your trip is a waste of time and other travel lessons

I'm excited to share the first of a series of guest posts I'm hosting about the lessons we learn from travelling. I know I have learnt a huge amount from all my trips over the years, but I wanted to get the perspective of a few other people, too! I've collected some wonderful stories and I look … [Read more...]

5 new year travel resolutions you might like to keep too

I've stopped making those New Year's resolutions that fail (usually exercise daily and eat no bad foods ever) - but I am more than happy to make some new year travel resolutions because thinking more about travel can only be a good thing, right? You may have seen a couple of these mentioned on my … [Read more...]

7 things I’ve learnt from homestays and language exchanges

It's easy to stay at a hotel when you travel. But it's way more interesting to stay in a homestay, get to know some local people and even get them to help you learn their language. Over the years I've had a bunch of homestay experiences, mostly in Russia and Germany, and hosted some … [Read more...]

Travel Mistakes – Episode 69 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you love The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - help us out by reviewing it on iTunes - thanks in advance! Ah, travel mistakes. We all make them. If we don't, we're doing something wrong! At least that's what I tell myself every time I do something dumb when I'm travelling (which is at least once … [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...]

Getting lost on your travels: A good risk to take

On our walk to school this morning, my son told me he knew three different ways to get to school and he would never get lost. He's right; even at six, I'm sure he could navigate quite a few varied paths between our home and his school, about a kilometre away. Our current favourite involves a walk … [Read more...]