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...]

Talking to Locals When We Travel – Episode 122 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite memories of meeting locals when I travel is of two gentlemen I met in the Latvian port town of Ventspils. We only chatted for five or ten minutes, but I've always remembered them, and as it was something that happened fairly early on in my travelling years, it's an incident that … [Read more...]

Travelling in Cold Places – Episode 121 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Welcome to the first episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast for 2019! This episode is one that you'll empathise with in the northern hemisphere (being mid-winter there) but for us down here in Australia, for example, we are just daydreaming about cold weather because we've got all the hot summer … [Read more...]

2018 in Review: Travel Fun and Podcast Fun – Episode 120 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

How lucky have I been this year, to be able to continue travelling to incredible places with the most delightful people, and to be able to chat with fascinating guests for the podcast and keep putting out new episodes every week?! I'm excited to share my final episode for 2018 - and a little sad, … [Read more...]

Life-Altering Travel Moments – Episode 119 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Has a particular trip or even just a travel moment changed your life significantly? If so - you are not alone, and in Episode 119 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcasts I speak with three travellers who've had life-altering travel moments. (And I'd say: if you haven't had a life-changing travel … [Read more...]

Ecotourism and Responsible Travel – Episode 118 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Five years ago I knew pretty much nothing about responsible tourism. If I'd been in a situation where I'd be offered the chance to ride an elephant, I would have done it. And I think lots of us are in that boat - it's an issue which has been discussed so much more in recent years and we've all … [Read more...]

Taking a Class When You Travel – Episode 117 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Travelling can be full of such a variety of experiences if only you know where to look! This episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast includes three travellers talking about a huge variety of classes they've taken while travelling - from cooking to flower arranging, from drumming to painting - and … [Read more...]