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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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    • 4.7 • 55 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.

    323 Language Learning Through Travel and Immersion

    323 Language Learning Through Travel and Immersion

    Learning other languages can be really hard - especially if you're sitting in your home country trying to learn from a boring textbook. The guests in this episode all decided that they'd learn another language - Thai, French, Polish and Welsh - by travelling and immersing themselves in the language, in varied and interesting ways.

    First up, I hear from Paddy Jenkins about his experience of learning Thai - in fact, teaching himself Thai - while he spent six months volunteering in Chiang Mai. Spoiler alert: yes, he would literally take his notebook and dictionary even if he went to the pub or a nightclub! That's dedication.

    Next, I speak with Tracy Collins who was told by her French teacher she would never be able to speak French, but proved her wrong when she moved to France to work as an au pair. She also was lucky to be working for a family that helped her out in some perhaps unexpected ways.

    Love is often a reason for learning another language and this was what took Thomas Swick to living in Poland. I did laugh when he was explaining the grammatical complexities of Polish, although when you're leaning it you're more likely to cry, I think!

    Finally, Pam Petro decided to make the effort to learn the lesser-spoken language of Welsh. She went through some hardcore learning and even took some surprising travels in her pursuit of Welsh fluency.

    Links:


    Thai Talk with Paddy https://www.youtube.com/ThaiTalkwithPaddy/
    Tracy Collins - UK Travel Planning https://uktravelplanning.com and Global Travel Planning at https://globaltravelplanning.com - both also podcasts
    Thomas Swick - https://www.thomasswick.com/  - and his new book, Falling Into Place 
    Pamela Petro - https://www.pamelapetro.com/ 
    Pam’s book The Long Field - https://amzn.to/4bt7TGq
    Episode 277 Languages and Connection  https://notaballerina.com/277 
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    • 27 min
    322 Life-Changing Study Abroad Experiences

    322 Life-Changing Study Abroad Experiences

    Although I never studied abroad myself I have no doubt at all that I would have loved every minute of it - and my three guests today certainly remind me of all of the many ways a study abroad experience can be life-changing.

    I start off chatting with Pam Petro who studied a graduate program in Wales, and not only learnt something from her course but began a lifetime obsession with all things Welsh.

    Next, I speak with Brandon Miller who studied abroad in France. He has now co-founded the Too Fly Foundation which helps students from under-privileged backgrounds access experiences like study abroad programs, as he recognised how valuable and life-changing they are.

    Finally, I talk to Alex Zeringer, who was a student I met while he was studying abroad here in Perth at Murdoch University, where I teach (among other subjects) podcasting - it was so great to catch up with him now that he's back at university in Ireland.

    Links:


    Pam Petro - https://www.pamelapetro.com/ 
    Pam's book The Long Field - https://www.amazon.com.au/Long-Field-Presence-Absence-Memoir/dp/1956763678
    Brandon Miller from the Too Fly Foundation - https://www.tooflyfoundation.org/ 
    Alex Zeringer - LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-zeringer-532728130/ 
    Episode 233 Studying Abroad notaballerina.com/233
    Episode 248 Studying in Other Countries notaballerina.com/248 
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    • 23 min
    321 B Corps in the Travel Industry

    321 B Corps in the Travel Industry

    For travellers like us, knowing a tourism business we are about to use is properly thoughtful, taking into account the impact we will have on the community and the environment, is important. But with an industry full of greenwashing and unsubstantiated eco-credentials, it's sometimes difficult to know what we can trust.

    Over the past few years now I've had a growing awareness of B Corps but was very keen to dig deeper, so this podcast episode is here to satisfy my own desires to know more, but also to help my listeners understand what makes a B Corp so they can make decisions about their travel with care.

    My first guest is Jonathan Coleman from Untours. When I chatted with Jonathan last year, he explained to me that Untours was, in fact, the very first B Corp back in 2007, and learning how this came about was the impetus for me to find some more people to talk to about this important topic.

    I speak next with Narelle Wilson of Volta Consulting, who knows a lot about the process of how a business applies to be certified as a B Corp, and explains it clearly! 

    Finally, I talked to Aurora Expedition's Chief Marketing Officer, Hayley Peacock-Gower, about Aurora's recent B Corp certification. She gives some interesting examples of some of the improvements Aurora is making as part of the continuous improvement that the B Corp movement encourages.

    Links:

    Jonathan Coleman from Untours Foundation - https://untoursfoundation.org/

    Narelle Wilson from Volta Consulting - https://voltaconsulting.com.au/ 

    Aurora Expeditions - https://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/

    Aurora’s journey to becoming a B Corp - https://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/blog/our-b-corp-journey/ 

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    • 22 min
    320 Thanks for the Travel Bug, Mum

    320 Thanks for the Travel Bug, Mum

    This is an episode I never imagined I'd need to make; family lore was that my mum June would live to a hundred. But very sadly, after a sudden terminal cancer diagnosis in late January, my beautiful mum passed away early in February. As the biggest fan of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I knew I couldn't restart it after my time away without mentioning my mum and how she encouraged me to travel - I definitely wouldn't be here creating this podcast without her influence throughout my life.

    My dear friend Di Bortoletto and I sat in her spare room last weekend to record this chat about my mum's travel experiences and about some of the special experiences we'd had together as well, and I wanted to share that with you all. 

    Links:


    Dianne Bortoletto's site Travelletto - https://travelletto.com/
    Di on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/travelletto/ 
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    • 22 min
    319 Homestays When You Travel

    319 Homestays When You Travel

    Staying in someone’s home is the ultimate in starting to understand the local way of life when you travel, and I’ve had some brilliant homestay experiences in the past. In this episode devoted to homestay accommodation, I first tell you my own tales of Russian homestays, with some of the delightful interactions with homestay hosts in Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Moscow and St Petersburg.

    I then chat with Nina Karnikowski who explains many of the thoughtful values of homestays, and has a great example of her own experience in India. My other guest is Iris Villarreal, who tells me about some homestays she has done in Guatemala, learning much about the local culture along the way. 

    Links:


    Nina Karnikowski - https://ninakarnikowski.com/  
    Iris Villarreal - https://www.instagram.com/outventurenow
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    • 24 min
    318 Gevorg Babayan: Deep Dive into Experiential Tours in Armenia and Beyond

    318 Gevorg Babayan: Deep Dive into Experiential Tours in Armenia and Beyond

    When I was first introduced to Gevorg Babayan and his company LikeLocal.io, which matches travellers with local experiences, I knew he'd be a good guest for The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, but as I got to know him more through interactions in the Thoughtful Travellers Facebook group, I soon realised that a quick chat wouldn't be enough - we would need a deep dive!

    In this chat, I learn more about Gevorg's background in Armenia, his work in tourism there and abroad in places like Cambodia, and most impressively to me, some of the unique approaches to tours he offers his visitors. I loved hearing about his creativity in coming up with different ways that travellers can get to know more about a destination and its people, and I'm sure you will too.

    Links:


    Like Local - https://www.likelocal.io/ 

    Netflix Episode with Olafur Eliasson on Abstract: The Art of Design - https://www.netflix.com/title/80057883 


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    • 26 min

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

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Interesting and Fun!

This is an interesting, fun and relatable podcast about, as the name says, thoughtful travel. Amanda Kendle interviews travelers from around the world about places, experiences and travel philosophy both while traveling and at home. Pour a cuppa and have a listen.

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About the experience

A relatable podcast that inspires new travels while covering realistic travel issues. The host has an easygoing style and covers interesting topics such as “traveling in cold places,” “grief and travel,” and “responsible animal tourism.” It’s more about the travel experience than just a list of places to go, which are already covered in a million other podcasts. I also think the episodes are also just the right amount of time. Thanks 🌍🌏🌎

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Living vicariously

I am a self-proclaimed world traveler ‘wanna be’ and this podcast shares great tips and information and also lets me travel vicariously to places I hope to someday visit!

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