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...]

Choosing Your Next Destination – Episode 116 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Where are you going next? I get asked this question constantly and I usually have an answer but for once, right now, I don't. Mid next-year I've got a wedding to go to in Thailand, and a blogging workshop to teach in Bali after that ... but no flights are booked and both are chosen by other … [Read more...]

Travelling in Muslim Countries – Episode 115 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Every so often an episode comes along that I could listen to ten times, and this is one of them: Episode 115 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is about a topic that I find so intriguing and only have a little bit of experience with. I've travelled in a Muslim-dominated country like Tunisia and … [Read more...]

Our Amazing Cambodia Experience – Episode 114 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My first trip to Cambodia last month will NOT be my last - and as I put this podcast episode together I was reminded of several reasons why! I chatted with three people I met on our Cambodia trip and it was so lovely to be able to reminisce about our wonderful experiences - though it made me quite … [Read more...]

Expat Travellers – Episode 113 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Hands up if you've lived as an expat for a time - or would like to? I have been so lucky to have lived and worked in Japan, Slovakia and Germany as an expat and I find it such an amazing way to really get to know a local culture and people - it's so very different to passing through just … [Read more...]

Wellness Travel – Episode 112 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Have you ever travelled somewhere with the express purpose of being completely kind to yourself? I haven't (probably should!), but I know that the idea of wellness travel is a very popular one these days. It seemed important to create a podcast episode about it, even if I haven't had much wellness … [Read more...]

Secret Thailand: Phrae and Nan – Episode 111 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I've had such a wonderful travelling year and I'm excited to bring you this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast about my recent experiences in Thailand. But it's not just about Thailand, but secret Thailand! - the parts that western tourists haven't really discovered in any numbers … [Read more...]

10 Thoughts I’m Thinking About Thoughtful Travel – Episode 110 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

One of my favourite podcasts, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, has a special episode every ten episodes, where they do something different. I suddenly realised that after Episode 90 was a special celebration of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast's two year anniversary, and Episode 100 was different just … [Read more...]

Travellers Taking Photographs – Episode 109 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I have owned a "proper" DSLR camera since 2006. It was only a few weeks ago - yes, 2018 - that I finally started to learn how to use it properly! (Although even using it on auto has snagged me a few decent shots over the years ... thank goodness). It's something common to many travellers, I … [Read more...]