Small Group Travel – Episode 181 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It took me (quite) a few years to learn there is a very real place for group tours in my travel experience - in retrospect, I was a slow learner, and scared off by what I heard about big party-bus tours of Europe, I guess. These days I know many amazing small group tour operators and that's why it … [Read more...]

Fourth Anniversary – Travel Journal Memory Lane – Episode 180 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Last Sunday, in a valiant attempt to stop thinking about the real world (it's March 2020, when Covid-19 is sending us batty), I sat down at my dining table with a huge pile of my travel journals from over the years to find some interesting stories to share. It was amazing fun - and I encourage all … [Read more...]

Australian Tourism After the Bushfires – Episode 179 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

2020 has been a doozy of a year. Back in January - a mere two months ago - here in Australia we were completely consumed by the horrific bushfires burning in so many parts of the country. This episode is about what can happen in Australian tourism after the bushfires - and it's a thoughtful … [Read more...]

Interesting Plane Passengers Sitting Next To You – Episode 178 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

This episode has taught me something: to be more open about learning about the passenger sitting next to me on a plane! I've often been reluctant to get into a conversation early in a long-haul flight but after hearing these stories of interesting (fascinating, actually!) passengers sitting next to … [Read more...]

African Travels – Episode 177 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Some of the most fascinating countries you can visit - in my humble opinion! - are in Africa. And that's the main reason I've put together this episode about African travels - that, and the fact that I've just had so many wonderful guests telling me stories about various parts of this continent … [Read more...]

When Travelling is Your Job – Episode 176 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I have been on the receiving end of this kind of thing myself: when people hear I'm travelling for a conference or for a media trip, they understandably say "oh, you're so lucky," or "enjoy your holiday!", and of course, when travelling is your job, there are amazing things you get to do, but it's … [Read more...]

Walking and Hiking Travels – Episode 175 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I have lofty (but hopeful can-come-true) dreams of doing lots of walking trips in future years - the nearly-cliched Camino de Santiago, for example, and some of the amazing walks available here in Western Australia. Generally, walking and hiking travels need more time, and not a young child - though … [Read more...]

Life Lessons from Travel – Episode 174 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I sometimes ponder just how my life would be different in the absence of all the interesting lessons travelling and living abroad has taught me. It's unimaginable, really, to think of all the decisions I've made and the parts of my personality which have developed as a consequence of my travel … [Read more...]

Helping Others When We Travel – Episode 172 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

When we travel, it's common to realise that we come from a background of particular privilege. We mightn't be wealthy but if we are able to travel, we are better off than most of the rest of the world - so it's no surprise that amongst experienced travellers, there's a lot of talk about how we can … [Read more...]

Moving to Another Country – Episode 171 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've moved to other countries in the past - to Japan, to Slovakia, and to Germany, before moving back to Australia. But the difference between me and the guests I speak to in Episode 171 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is that they stayed there! Yep, we are talking about those brave souls who … [Read more...]