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...]

Post-Denmark Thoughtful Travel Debrief – Episode 150 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Like all trips, my time in Denmark in May seems just so long ago now, but luckily I have a podcast that allows me to extend the joy of that trip by talking about it more now. Having reached the milestone of Episode 150, it seemed a good time to have a chat about how travelling intentionally … [Read more...]

Solo Travelling – Episode 148 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

The topic of solo travelling is a much-discussed one amongst travellers: will you, won't you? Is it safe or unsafe, is it lonely or actually one of the best ways to meet people? I'm confident that this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast will help you remember that solo travel can be one of … [Read more...]

Travelling in Iran – Episode 146 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Destinations can come and go in popularity - Iceland wasn't a place anyone went when I was a kid, but these days everybody wants to go there. It's fascinating to see these ebbs and flows. In the last couple of years, I've started to hear from a number of friends and podcast listeners who've been … [Read more...]

Volunteering Experiences While Travelling – Episode 145 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

If you've ever looked into the idea of volunteering while you travel - or indeed have already been part of the growing "voluntourism" sector - you may well have noticed that it's fraught with trickiness. When are you really helping? - when are you hindering? And when are you actually doing more harm … [Read more...]

Grief, Travel and Change – Episode 144 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I’m so fortunate with this podcast in that I sometimes get to talk to people about really intimate, emotional parts of their lives - I’m so grateful when they share them and I know we can all learn a lot from them. In this episode I’m bringing together three stories which could all be sad - they’re … [Read more...]

Helpful or harmful travel with Jan Fran – Episode 143 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

It's special episode time! I team up with Jan Fran (from SBS and sometimes Channel 10 and basically saying clever stuff everywhere) to talk about a series of videos she made with Kathmandu figuring out what's harmful and what's helpful about the way we travel. I had so much fun talking to her so … [Read more...]

Why Getting Lost is Fun – Episode 142 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Who's good at getting lost? My sense of direction is not brilliant, not the worst, somewhere in the middle I guess - though I discovered on our recent travels around Denmark that my nine-year-old son is a brilliant navigator so at least for the next few years I figure I can just outsource all this … [Read more...]