Housesitting While Travelling – Episode 89 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

This is another well-timed episode because I'll be travelling in Japan when it airs, knowing that at home in Perth I have a brilliant housesitter taking care of everything - including my lovely cats. I have only done a little housesitting in my time - and more frequently used a housesitter, … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Travel Kindness – Episode 88 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As this episode airs, I'm a day away from returning to Japan with my son - and Japan is the place I know I was blessed with so very many random acts of travel kindness, both when I lived there and on my return visit a couple of years ago. So it's timely to look back on some of those moments were a … [Read more...]

Cross Cultural Kids – Episode 85 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's been happening for decades but I'm sure it's more common than ever before: third culture kids (TCK) or cross cultural kids who grow up somewhere away from where there parents consider home and end up being quite multicultural in their thinking. I'm fascinated by the idea and having taught … [Read more...]

Hobbies and Travelling – Episode 82 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you combined hobbies and travelling? One of my very favourite hobbies is reading, but when I was travelling long-term, it was the early to mid 2000's, and Kindles hadn't been invented yet. (Or at the very least, ebook readers were in their infancy and not useful to me.) I loved to read - I … [Read more...]

Culture Shock in Your Home Country – Episode 81 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

For me, culture shock in my home country, Australia, happened like this: I was surprised (and somewhat confused) to be able to chat extensively with the checkout operators at the supermarket, after living in Germany where that rarely happens I was somewhat saddened (though I understand it … [Read more...]

Travel in Africa – Episode 80 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Let's go to Africa! To date, my trips to Africa have been brief and fairly northerly ... I spent a week in Egypt near Hurghada, and a fabulous fortnight backpacking around Tunisia. But there's so much more to see. I did spend quite some time a few years back planning a trip to Africa including … [Read more...]

Cultural Differences Around the World – Episode 79 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's pretty common to bump into cultural differences when you travel, and even more so to uncover them if you're living and working in a foreign country - over the years I have certainly discovered a truckload of them, often about topics I never would have imagined - like how Australians wash their … [Read more...]

Border Crossings in Europe, Africa and Asia – Episode 78 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Crossing a border into a new country is something that still fascinates me, having grown up in a country that doesn't have any physical borders to cross (even the state border is a two-day drive away and something I've only ever done once in my life). When I lived in Europe, border crossings started … [Read more...]

The Unstoppable Urge to Travel – Episode 77 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Why do I travel? Mostly just because I can't NOT travel. I really have this unstoppable urge to travel. Life gets in the way all the time - the bank doesn't take frequent flyer miles as mortgage payments; my seven-year-old likes going to school and the government want him to go pretty often; I have … [Read more...]

The Kindness of Strangers on Your Travels – Episode 76 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Sometimes it's hard to talk to strangers. It seems a bit easier when you travel, because everyone's a stranger. And the best part: strangers often turn out to be incredibly kind and helpful, and leave you with great stories to tell on my podcast sometime down the track! And that's exactly what's … [Read more...]