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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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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.

    182 Travel and Personal Development

    182 Travel and Personal Development

    Travel can change us in so many positive ways - that's one of the main reasons I keep doing it! In Episode 182 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I chat with three guests about some of the many and varied ways that travel has continued to their ongoing learning and personal development.

    First up, I chat with Kiki Wong. She started out on an academic path to becoming a doctor but stepped off this track when - you won't be surprised to know - an amazing offer to travel appeared. 

    Next, I speak with Nicci O'Mara who learnt a lot about parenting (and about her children) during a family trip to Italy. On Nicci's birthday, events unfolded which turned out to be a big turning point in personal development for all of them!

    Finally, I talk with Nate Taiaroa who has spent year living and travelling in Africa, learning so much from these experiences that he went into business to help others get to have these life-changing personal development experiences too.

    Links:
    Kiki Wong - Nylon Pink - https://www.nylonpink.tv 
    Nicci O’Mara from Trip Chiefs - https://tripchiefs.com/ 
    Nate Taiaroa from Adventure Out Loud https://www.adventureoutloud.me/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/182

    • 26 min
    181 Small Group Travel

    181 Small Group Travel

    I used to be a staunch anti-group-travel kind of gal. I went literally decades without even a thought of joining a group tour! But in Episode 181 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I admit the error of my ways and chat with three guests who've all had truly unique and wonderful small group travel experiences.

    First up, I speak to Suzanne Moore, a local Perth writer who spent a week last year walking the Cape to Cape track in the south-west of my home state of Western Australia. Suzy had some of the same reservations about travelling with a group that I've had in the past, but they definitely proved to be unfounded.

    My next guest is Louise Southerden and we chat about the benefits of specifically-themed small group tours. This is definitely a case where travelling with a group can actually exceed the experience of independent travel (something I never would have dreamt of conceding a few years back!).

    Finally, Andrew Tyree and I chat about what can go wrong with group travel - and he should know, as he leads small group trips across Central and South America. Luckily we also talk about lots of things that go right!

    Links:
    Suzanne Moore https://www.suzannemoorewriter.com/   
    Suzanne’s book The Place Between - https://amzn.to/31KM6aD 
    Louise Southerden - No Impact Girl - http://www.noimpactgirl.com
    Andrew Tyree - Coast to Costa - https://www.coasttocosta.com 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/181

    • 28 min
    180 Fourth Anniversary Travel Journal Memory Lane

    180 Fourth Anniversary Travel Journal Memory Lane

    Normally a podcast anniversary is a purely joyous occasion - I've been putting out The Thoughtful Travel Podcast consistently for four whole years now! - but in the times of Covid-19 it's certainly a bittersweet time to be talking about anything connected to travel.

    I debated long and hard about how to celebrate and then realised that, stuck as I am at home, it was finally time to take a deep dive into my huge stack of travel journals documenting past trips.

    I hoped to find some gems and lessons to share with you all - and I think I did, or perhaps I just spent a completely self-indulgent day in my own memories - I'll let you be the judge!

    There'll be photos and more at the show notes. Enjoy!

    Links:
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/180

    • 27 min
    179 Australian Tourism After the Bushfires

    179 Australian Tourism After the Bushfires

    January 2020 was a horrible time for Australia - 186,000 square kilometres of Australia burnt in bushfires (that's an area half the size of Germany); 34 people lost their lives and they estimate up to a billion animals perished. Yep - it was awful, and the aftermath has been awful for the tourism industry too, because many people had to cancel trips during our peak travel season.

    So, what to do? I'll put on an episode later in the year about the specific parts of Australia you can travel to in order to help out with bushfire recovery but for now, I've interviewed two Australian women who have told me all about the efforts to restore tourism so far, and talked about the far-reaching effects - and possibly some benefits - arising out of the post-bushfire chaos.

    First up, I chat with Louise Southerden, firstly about some of the great tourism initiatives helping out and then about the bigger picture and the opportunity to do good. Lou also touches on the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency movement, which we will talk about more in a later episode, too.

    Next I talk with Caro Ryan who lives in the heart of one of the areas seriously affected by the bushfires, the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales. We also chat about the great innovations in tourism since the fires and also the bigger picture and hopes for the future.

    Links:
    Louise Southerden - No Impact Girl - http://www.noimpactgirl.com
    "Open for business, not business as usual" - Louise's blog post about post-bushfire tourism - http://www.noimpactgirl.com/2020/02/after-bushfires-open-for-business-not.html 
    Caro Ryan - Lotsa Fresh Air - https://lotsafreshair.com 
    Call to Revive Australian Tourism by Catherine Marshall - https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article/call-to-revive-australian-tourism
    Holiday Here This Year - https://www.australia.com/en/travel-inspiration/holiday-here-this-year.htmlholidayherethisyear.com 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/179

    • 25 min
    178 Interesting Plane Passengers Sitting Next to You

    178 Interesting Plane Passengers Sitting Next to You

    Oftentimes you can't choose the passenger sitting next to you on a plane. This can be both good and bad! Episode 178 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast includes conversations with three different guests who all have interesting tales to tell of someone they sat next to on a flight.

    First up, Paul Pichugin tells the hilarious tale of ... well, a woman passenger next to him, and I don't want to give the story away - you'll have to listen to it! Excuse my raucous laughter.

    Next, I chat with Laura Waters who broke the golden rule of avoiding conversation on a long haul flight - in case you get stuck talking with someone you don't want to talk to for the next ten hours - and it turned into something quite delightful.

    Finally, I talk to Dale Neill about a particularly intriguing passenger he sat next to on a flight across Australia some years back. Let's just say there was a lot of chocolate milk involved! 

    Links:
    Paul Pichugin - landscape and travel photographer - https://paulpichugin.com
    Laura Waters' website - https://soultrekkers.com.au/ 
    Laura’s book Bewildered - https://amzn.to/2S20zu2
    Dale Neill - http://www.daleneill.com.au 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/178

    • 21 min
    177 African Travels

    177 African Travels

    African travel seems to have been constantly on my radar lately - I guess it's nearly time for me to go and explore more of that continent? For now, at least, it'll be through Episode 177 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast because I've chatted with three guests lately who had intriguing tales to tell of Africa.

    First up, I chat with Rick Antonson. He has a delightfully unique reason for choosing to visit Timbuktu in Mali, and I loved hearing about what he found there.

    I then talk to Brighde Reed about the amazing destination of Rwanda - which is probably at the top of my want-to-visit African nations, and even more so after speaking with Brighde.

    Finally, Chris Daniels has had some great African experiences - largely part of his PhD in African Studies, so he knows his stuff - and we chat about visiting Somalia and Ethiopia in particular.

    Links:
    Episode 80 Travel in Africa - https://www.notaballerina.com/2018/01/travel-africa-episode-80-thoughtful-travel-podcast.html
    Episode 96 Remote Travel in Africa - https://www.notaballerina.com/2018/05/remote-travel-africa-episode-96-thoughtful-travel-podcast.html 
    Rick Antonson - www.rickantonson.com
    Rick’s book "To Timbuktu for a Haircut" - https://amzn.to/3834ltj
    Chris Daniels - Motherland Connect - https://www.motherlandconnect.org
    Brighde Reed - World Vegan Travel - https://www.worldvegantravel.com/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/177

    • 28 min

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