The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 22 – Memorable Travel Moments: Hungry Porcupines and More

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is back after a couple of weeks off while I moved house. My new podcasting room is so much prettier! But noisier - there'll be bird noises, I'm sure. (Not too sorry about it though, because nature is lovely.) Well, nature is usually lovely, but the first story in … [Read more...]

Locals I’ve met: Real life examples of why I love meeting the locals when I travel

Meeting the locals when I travel is one of the aspects of being out there that I love the most. I think it's partly because I'm insanely curious about people in general (it's a genetic trait!) and partly because over the years, meeting local people on my travels has led me on all kinds of … [Read more...]

Keeping an interest log, and what I’ve learnt about myself from travelling

Have you ever sat down and thought about all the different things you're really, truly interested in? I'm guessing you're interested in some (or many) aspects of travel, for example, or you probably wouldn't be reading my blog. But what are the unique combination of interests that make you who you … [Read more...]

Don’t listen to tour guides: Enjoying Yekaterinburg, Russia

When I was on my Trans-Siberian trip across Russia (if you're contemplating it - DO IT!), I stopped off at half a dozen spots along the route, turning the week-long train journey into a three week exploration. Half way through, I remember so vividly standing at the Irkutsk train station, chatting … [Read more...]