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...]

Immersing with Locals When You Travel – Episode 141 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Do I chat to locals when I travel? Just ask my son after our recent stay in Denmark. He can tell you just how annoying it was for him every time I cornered yet another of our Airbnb hosts to quiz them with all my questions about their lovely country! Yep, the more I can immerse with locals the … [Read more...]

Being a Thoughtful Traveller in Denmark: Pre-Trip Thoughts – Episode 140 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm preparing this post from rural Denmark, a couple of weeks after I recorded this episode and just over halfway through my stay in this gorgeous part of Scandinavia. I've just re-listened to my thoughts about what I was expecting to learn about here and I'm so pleased to be able to say I've learnt … [Read more...]

Culture Shock When You Get Home – Episode 139 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Reverse culture shock, or re-entry shock, or culture shock when you get home - whatever name you give it, it's often a problem we don't anticipate and it can hit you harder than you'd expect. Sure, it's a true privilege to have experienced other cultures and then return home and find it difficult … [Read more...]

Accommodation Alternatives – Episode 138 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

When I look back on my travels, pretty much all of my favourite places to stay have been alternatives to hotels. I don't mind a hotel but many have a tendency to feel a bit same-same or sometimes they feel crowded and noisy. Chatting with Dan, Kendall and Chris for Episode 138 of The Thoughtful … [Read more...]