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...]

Depression and Travel – Episode 137 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I'm often blown away by how giving and honest my podcasts guests will be when telling me about their various experiences but this episode about depression and travel is one where all my guests have gone above and beyond. I'm extremely grateful to all three of them for their willingness to open up … [Read more...]

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...]