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...]

Third Anniversary of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast – Episode 132 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I can barely believe that three years have passed since I released the first episodes of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast. (The scarier part is that those first episodes still get listened to regularly! They're not terrible by any means, but I sure sound a lot more comfortable as a podcast the more … [Read more...]

Brooke McAlary on Slow Family Travel and Nomadic Life – Episode 130 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Long-term listeners will remember that The Thoughtful Travel Podcast really only came to be because Brooke McAlary started up a podcast network. While that may not exist anymore, I'm still sure that without Brooke, this podcast may never have actually come to life, even though I'd been daydreaming … [Read more...]

Travel in Developing Countries – Episode 129 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

I remember very vividly the first time I landed in a developing country (and yes, I'm not convinced developing country is the right phrase, but I don't yet have a better alternative) - it was back in 2002 and I'd flown from Japan to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Honestly, it was quite the assault on … [Read more...]

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...]