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The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle is a show for travel lovers. Each episode is packed with travel stories from fellow travel addicts on topics like using foreign languages, meeting the locals, getting lost and what we learn from our travels.

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast Amanda Kendle

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    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle is a show for travel lovers. Each episode is packed with travel stories from fellow travel addicts on topics like using foreign languages, meeting the locals, getting lost and what we learn from our travels.

    216 What We Learn From Travelling

    216 What We Learn From Travelling

    There are countless lessons we can learn from travel: from small to large, nice-to-know to completely life-changing. I'm sure that I'm a completely different person thanks to the things I have learnt while travelling - and hopefully a better one!

    In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I chat with three guests who agree that we can learn a lot when we travel.

    First, I speak with Justin Meneguzzi who has a personal lesson connected to confidence, and a broader lesson about social norms, and right and wrong.

    Next, Tasha Goldberg explains one of her most important personal lessons from travel, learnt while travelling after a heartbreak; she also talks about how she learnt the difference between the theory and framework of policy and what it's like to meet people actually experiencing that situation.

    Finally, I chat with Lindsay Williams, a language-learning expert, about some of the lessons travel can teach us about speaking another language.

    Links:
    Justin Meneguzzi - https://www.justinmeneguzzi.com 
    Tasha Goldberg’s project Evidence of Hope - https://www.evidenceofhope.com/ 
    Lindsay Williams’ site Lindsay Does Languages - https://www.lindsaydoeslanguages.com/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/216

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    • 24 min
    215 Paul Theroux Interview Part 2

    215 Paul Theroux Interview Part 2

    Paul Theroux returns! This episode is the second half of my interview with travel writer Paul Theroux - if you haven't listened to Episode 214 yet, go and do that first!

    In this final section, we talk about another widely-varied array of travel topics, including the magic of train travel, one of my very favourite ways to get around. We also chat about some cultural differences and discuss some of the things that are peculiar to Australians.

    We move on to discussing road trips in Australia and the United States, and finish up talking about our children - I know that Paul's sons Louis and Marcel have made truly impressive creative careers for themselves, so I ask him for some parenting tips!

    I still feel so privileged to have had this great chat, and I hope you enjoy listening to it just a fraction as much as I enjoyed recording it.

    Links:
    Deep South - https://amzn.to/3pUcmef 
    Riding the Iron Rooster - https://amzn.to/2J0Svt6 
    Dark Star Safari - https://amzn.to/3pRQlN8 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/215

     

     

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    • 42 min
    214 Paul Theroux Interview Part 1

    214 Paul Theroux Interview Part 1

    I'd need a time machine to be able to tell for sure, but I think that Paul Theroux's "The Great Railway Bazaar" was probably the very first travel narrative book I ever read. It shaped a lot about what I thought about travel - that you should talk to local people, that you should travel slowly, alone where possible, and not in a group of tourists, for sure - and it gave me quite an obsession with trains and the Trans-Siberian railway in particular.

    So when I was offered the chance to interview Paul Theroux - of course, I said yes! Episode 214 is the first half of this interview - Paul was a very generous interviewee, and our chat is too long to publish in a regular episode, so you'll find the rest in Episode 215. 

    In this half, our chat is wide-ranging and includes leaning languages, ways to get to know the locals, and the pleasure of teaching and studying in a foreign country - a very sneaky way to properly get to know a place!

    Links:
    The Great Railway Bazaar - https://amzn.to/35Ca6QB 
    The Tao of Travel - https://amzn.to/3f5NZVN
    On the Plain of Snakes - https://amzn.to/3e7Jg58
    The Kingdom by the Sea - https://amzn.to/35z5o6j 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/214

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    • 34 min
    Book Club 08: Down Under by Bill Bryson

    Book Club 08: Down Under by Bill Bryson

    This special episode is the audio of the Facebook Livestream of the November 2020 meeting of the Thoughtful Travellers Book Club, talking about Down Under (aka In a Sunburned Country) by Bill Bryson.

    If you'd like to join the Thoughtful Travellers Book Club, all the info is at https://notaballerina.com/bookclub, and you can keep up with all the thoughts about our current books in the Thoughtful Travellers Facebook Group at https://facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers 

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    • 36 min
    213 Sustainable Travel Tips

    213 Sustainable Travel Tips

    Over recent years, more of us have paid attention to ways in which we can travel a little more sustainably, and harm the environment a little less - but we still have such a long way to go. In Episode 213 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I chat with three travellers who are also very concerned about the impact we are having on the environment, and have a wealth of tips and ideas to share with us.

    First up I speak with Brighde Reed from World Vegan Travel, who spends a lot of time writing and thinking about how what we do affects the planet. She has a host of practical tips and I suspect there'll be something useful for everyone.

    Next, I chat with Louise Southerden, a very thoughtful travel writer who has plenty to say about sustainability as a broader topic along with some excellent tips for travellers.

    Finally, Anna Chittenden talks about more practical ways to be sustainable when we travel, including some specific tips in Asia, and also raises an important topic which we'll have to put a pin in for a future episode!

    Links:
    Brighde Reed - World Vegan Travel - https://www.worldvegantravel.com/ 
    Larq bottles which Brighde mentions - https://www.livelarq.com/ 
    Louise Southerden - No Impact Girl - http://www.noimpactgirl.com
    Anna Chittenden of The Lost Guides - http://thelostguides.com/
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/213

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    • 22 min
    212 Honeymoons and Weddings

    212 Honeymoons and Weddings

    Travelling is often fun but if you're travelling for a super-special reason like to get married - well, then that's even more fun! This episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is full of amazing destinations and very special trips indeed.

    My first guest is Scott Antcliffe, who told me this story about his honeymoon in the Maldives - I loved his tale so much that it inspired me to find some other wedding or honeymoon stories to put into this episode.

    Shaney Hudson, my second guest, answered the call - because she is a real over-achiever at weddings! She and her husband got married not one, not twice, but three times, and on three different continents and in quite incredible situations.

    Finally, Emma Lovell did something I think many travel-lovers would like to do: she eloped to somewhere foreign and special, and she and her (now) husband had a really unique wedding.

    Links:
    Getting Engaged While Travelling - https://notaballerina.com/197  
    Scott Antcliffe on Twitter - https://twitter.com/cliffy94
    Shaney Hudson - twitter.com/shaneyhudson 
    Emma - Lovelly Travels - https://lovellytravels.com/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/212

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    • 27 min

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34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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I literally just stumbled across the podcast a few weeks ago and have listened to about 40 episodes. Every episode has a different topic and most of the times the guests have a twist to their stories that link in to the topic. Highly entertaining and well worth the listen!

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