Photography for Travellers – Episode 136 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Like painting or drawing, photography is something I've always wanted to be better at. And of the three, it's the one I think I have the best chance of improving, so this episode was very important for me! But it's not just about being technically competent about taking photos when you travel - … [Read more...]

Nightlife When You Travel – Episode 135 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I remember back in my late teens and early twenties when I could happily go out to a nightclub until two in the morning and bounce back reasonably well the next day. Well, those days are no more (my son wakes me up before 6am for a start, apart from any other issues!), but now and again I do like to … [Read more...]

The Big Trips That Changed Everything – Episode 133 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes you go on a trip that really changes your life. I've had a few. Campervanning with my family through Europe for six months as a kid: definitely gave me a whole new perspective on the world and the realisation that little ol' Perth, down here in far-away Western Australia, was not all there … [Read more...]

Third Anniversary of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast – Episode 132 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I can barely believe that three years have passed since I released the first episodes of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. (The scarier part is that those first episodes still get listened to regularly! They're not terrible by any means, but I sure sound a lot more comfortable as a podcast the more … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]