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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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    • 4.5 • 13 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.

    Book Club 12: Couchsurfing in Iran by Stephan Orth

    Book Club 12: Couchsurfing in Iran by Stephan Orth

    This special episode is the audio of the Facebook Livestream of the June 2021 meeting of the Thoughtful Travellers Book Club, talking about Couchsurfing in Iran by Stephan Orth.

    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
    242 Meeting Kind Strangers

    242 Meeting Kind Strangers

    When we travel, we are sometimes wary of strangers - but should we be? The stories in Episode 242 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast suggest we shouldn't be.

    First up, I chat with Vince Dickson about one of his early travel experiences in Europe. He ended up almost penniless in Paris and that's when he came across a helpful stranger.

    I then talk to Pam Mandel who also had a wonderful experience with a stranger in Nepal when she was needing a way to cook her dinner!

    Finally, I hear from Tim Tricker about what I can call a reverse kindness of stranger  situation in Barcelona - a fabulous story!

    Links:
    Vince Dickson of Hunu - https://www.wearehunu.com/ 
    Pam Mandel’s website - https://www.nerdseyeview.com
    Pam’s book The Same River Twice - https://amzn.to/319lwbq 
    The Kindness of Strangers on Your Travels - https://notaballerina.com/76 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/242

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    • 22 min
    241 Emotional Travel

    241 Emotional Travel

    Some travel is for fun; other travel is for a huge range of reasons. And some travel turns out to be really emotional - that's the kind we are looking at in Episode 241 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast.

    First up, I chat with Henry Gold. He's the son of two Holocaust survivors and tells the story of visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp with his mother when she was in her late seventies, when she could show and tell Henry and other family members about some of the horrid experiences she had there. It's quite a story.

    Next, I speak with Carolanna Lisonbee and our emotional travel story centres on Hiroshima in Japan. Carolanna also travelled there with her mother and they both found it a very important trip.

    Finally, I talk to Tim Tricker about the emotional aspects of irresponsible animal tourism, when he tells me about some difficult and distressing parts of a visit to Bangkok a few years back.

    Links:
    Henry Gold, founder of TDA Cycling - https://tdaglobalcycling.com/ (Tour D’Afrique)
    Carolanna Lisonbee - her poetry collection is Wisp of Fog Moment - https://amzn.to/3p9HiHl
    Why I’m Glad I Visited the Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps -
    https://www.notaballerina.com/2014/05/visiting-auschwitz-birkenau-concentration-camps.html 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/241

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    • 22 min
    240 Behind the Scenes Again

    240 Behind the Scenes Again

    It's a round-numbered episode so time for something different: this time I'm the one getting interviewed, and I answer questions about what happens behind the scenes of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, gathered from listeners through the Thoughtful Travellers Facebook group and other social media sites.

    It's three years since I did the first Behind the Scenes episode and so much has changed. This time round, travel writer Catherine Marshall interviews me with discussions about the ideas I have for podcast topics, what makes a good interviewee, any disasters I've had and an overview of the technical aspects of how The Thoughtful Travel Podcast comes together. It was fun to chat about these topics and I hope listeners will find the result interesting, too.

    Links:
    Episode 100 - the first Behind the Scenes - https://notaballerina.com/100
    Catherine Marshall’s Time to Wander site - https://www.timetowander.com.au 
    Cait Flanders’ new podcast Opting Out - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/opting-out-with-cait-flanders/id1560688606   
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/240

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    • 32 min
    239 Street Art and Murals

    239 Street Art and Murals

    Wandering the world with your eyes wide open means you'll inevitably encounter some incredible street art and murals. My favourites (to date) have been in Penang, Malaysia, but after exploring the topic more while making this episode I can't wait to see more in many other parts of the world. 

    My first guest in this episode is Jenny Herbert, who speaks about discovering the street art in a city very familiar to her, Melbourne, Australia. She grew up there and still visits regularly, but learnt so much about it from a self-guided street art walking tour.

    I then chat with Kayla Wyszynski who is an artist and has completed many large murals already. It was so great to be able to quiz her with all my thoughts and questions about how it's possible to create such huge art! 

    Finally, I chat with listener Anuj about his memorable experience viewing a mural in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's one of those tales where things don't quite go according to plan and that makes his experience all the more memorable.

    Links:
    The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti - https://amzn.to/3f0VYp3 
    Jenny Herbert’s book The Art of Being a Tourist at Home - https://amzn.to/3tcXnfX 
    Kayla Wyszynski’s site - Kayski Creations - https://www.kayskicreations.com 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/239

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    • 25 min
    238 Travel for a Sporting Event

    238 Travel for a Sporting Event

    Travelling to participate in a sporting event is a niche reason to travel that a surprisingly large number of travel lovers have experienced during their loves, and I love the unique benefits and fun of trips for sport.

    In Episode 238 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I speak with three people who've travelled for a wide variety of sporting reasons.

    First up, I chat with Tim Tricker who has had many short trips to interesting destinations across Europe to take part in darts tournaments. I love that he gets to see out of the way places and congregate with a bunch of like-minded people.

    Eugene Devereux has travelled for a much more physical sport - adventure races. He's been able to combine this physical experience with exploring some particularly beautiful parts of Ireland.

    Finally, I speak to Emma Lovell who was lucky enough to experience the joy of travelling in a sporting team as a teenager when she toured New Zealand playing water polo. The change to meet local people and then attempt to beat them at water polo sounds like lots of fun!

    Links:
    Eugene from the Irish Bootstrapper blog and podcast  - https://www.irishbootstrapper.com/ 
    Emma Lovell from the Lovelly Travels Podcast - https://lovellytravels.com
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/238

     

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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Lissa Stevens ,

Thought provoking!

Great podast. I explore a lot of travel podcasts, and really appreciate this one takes a bit of a deeper dive into subjects as oppose to skating over. Episodes are entertaining too and guests a joy to listen to. A great formula!

GemT79 ,

A great listen

Love this podcast, it covers such a wide range of travel topics and lovely to listen to :-)

Aims234 ,

Wonderful! I love listening every Tuesday morning to some fabulous travel stories

This pod is part of my weekly routine now and I love it! Inspiring guests with fantastic stories and a host who now feels like a friend. And they have genuinely inspired me to travel more, I got home from a 2 week trip to Australia 2 days ago!!

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