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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

    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0, 27 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 03: On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux

    Book Club 03: On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux

    This special episode is the audio of the Facebook Livestream of the March/April 2020 meeting of the Thoughtful Travellers Book Club, On the Plain of Snakes by Paul Theroux.

    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 

    • 31 min
    189 Unusual Ways to Meet the Locals

    189 Unusual Ways to Meet the Locals

    Meeting local people when you travel is one of the surest ways I know to be a more thoughtful traveller - and to have a lot of fun, too! In Episode 189 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I talk to three travellers who discovered fascinating ways to interact with locals on their travels - and of course, they all found it really rewarding.

    First up, I chat with Tracey Croke who told me that the surest way to get to meet some interesting locals is to join a revolution! There are caveats of course - but it's true that this is what Tracey did on a trip to Macedonia.

    Next I talk to JoAnna Haugen who found a particularly unique way to get to see what the locals were doing, by volunteering as an international election observer in Ukraine.

    My last guest is Jen Williams who got to know some locals when she was visiting Bagan in Myanmar, and they led her to quite an intriguing encounter with a local shaman.

    Links:
    Tracey Croke, travel journalist - https://traceycroke.com
    JoAnna Haugen, founder of Rooted - https://www.joannahaugen.com/rooted/ 
    Jen Williams - Launch Your Travels - https://www.launchyourtravels.com/ 
    Support via Patreon - https://www.notaballerina.com/support
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/189

    • 28 min
    188 Getting Sick on Your Travels

    188 Getting Sick on Your Travels

    Nobody wants to get sick on a trip, but especially if you're a frequent or long-term traveller, it's nearly inevitable. Like many mishaps when we travel, much of the time the story of how you dealt with being ill in a foreign country turns into an anecdote you regularly retell - and that's the case for the three guests on Episode 188 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast.

    First up, I chat with Christine Williams who has spent many years on the road - which means at some stage, illness is likely to catch up with you, and for Christine it was a case of dengue fever.

    Next, Liz Green talks about just why she ended up touring the many vaccination clinics of South-East Asia after a small incident in Laos.

    Finally, Chris Haag tells me about the time he ended up rather sick in Mexico - don't be eating while you listen!

    Links:
    Support the podcast via Patreon - https://www.notaballerina.com/support
    Christine's website Don’t Forget to Move - https://www.dontforgettomove.com/ 
    Christine's podcast Not So Bon Voyage - https://notsobonvoyage.com  
    Liz’s site Whiz Bang Writing - https://www.whizbangwriting.com/ 
    Chris Haag's site The Places I Pee - https://www.theplacesipee.com
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/188

    • 21 min
    187 Historical Connections and Travel

    187 Historical Connections and Travel

    There are lots of interesting stories in travel but if your travels are connected to some personal connections to history, that sure makes it even more interesting! In Episode 187 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I'm lucky to chat with two travellers who some really interesting connections to history.

    First up, I talk to Flip Byrnes who - unbeknownst to her until she was an adult - is the great-granddaughter of photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley. Since she learnt of the connection she's let this ancestry influence a lot of her travel choices and has some fascinating tales to tell as a result.

    I then speak with Tom Mattson, who has a particular interest in Cuba and regularly visits. On one trip he had the good fortune to meet Juan who, as a child, was an eyewitness to historical events involving Fidel Castro and more.

    Links:
    Travel journalist Flip Byrnes - Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theadventuremamma/
    Author Tom Mattson - https://tomsglobe.com/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/187

    • 27 min
    186 Travel Mishaps

    186 Travel Mishaps

    Things go wrong fairly frequently when I travel - and I'm sure I'm not alone. Mostly these mishaps are minor and they make an otherwise ordinary day much more memorable. In Episode 186 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I chat with three guests who've had some kind of mishaps or things go wrong on their trips - but all with happy endings!

    First up, I chat with Catherine Marshall who, despite always arriving as early as possible at an airport, very nearly missed a flight. You can decide who was at fault!

    I then speak with Kiki Wong who participated in a particularly interesting media trip to the Grand Canyon - the kind that had a lot of low points and also some high points, thankfully!

    Finally, I find out the whole story about Rick Antonson's trip to Timbuktu for a haircut. It might not quite have been the haircut he'd usually have ... but it was still a very worthwhile experience.

    Links:
    Catherine Marshall - http://catherinemarshall.com.au coming soon!
    More from Catherine and friends at Time to Wander - http://www.timetowander.com.au/ 
    Kiki Wong - Nylon Pink - https://www.nylonpink.tv 
    Rick Antonson - www.rickantonson.com
    Rick’s book To Timbuktu for a Haircut - https://amzn.to/3834ltj
    Episode 73 - When Things Go Wrong - https://www.notaballerina.com/73
    Episode 158 - When Travel Days Go Wrong - https://www.notaballerina.com/158
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/186

    • 24 min
    185 Slow Travel Benefits

    185 Slow Travel Benefits

    Slow travel is a concept hitting all the "travel trends" lists recently, and I think (and hope) that travel post-Covid will include a lot more slow travel, too. The idea of spending more time in fewer places isn't appealing if you want to tick off a list of sightseeing hotspots, but if you try a slower pace and realise all of the benefits it can bring - getting to know a place better, meeting more locals, discovering off-the-beaten path gems that you'd otherwise miss, not to mention the sustainability advantages - then you might be won over!

    In Episode 185 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I chat with three travellers who are big fans of the slow travel concept. My first guest is Christine Williams who confesses she just might be one of the slowest travellers ever, and has been on the road for nearly a decade. She explains what slow travel looks like for her and her partner and why they sometimes stop somewhere for months at a time.

    Next, I talk to Caro Ryan who is a huge fan of the slowest travel pace of all, walking. She describes how hiking and walking around the world has so many benefits to the traveller.

    Finally, I speak with Talon Windwalker about how travelling with a child was the impetus he needed to really figure out the art of slow travel - something which has a lot of parallels to my own experience.

    Links:
    Christine's website Don’t Forget to Move - https://www.dontforgettomove.com/ 
    Christine's podcast Not So Bon Voyage - https://notsobonvoyage.com  
    Caro Ryan's website Lotsa Fresh Air - https://lotsafreshair.com 
    Talon’s website One Dad One Kid - http://1dad1kid.com/
    Episode 25: How Slow is Slow Travel - https://notaballerina.com/25
    Episode 44: Embracing Slow Travel - https://notaballerina.com/44
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/185

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Marina 'The Trader Chick' ,

Interesting topics for travel lovers - Not always focused on one destination

I love podcasts that focus on destinations but most neglect other topics that affect travelers. But this podcasts touches on some of those topics from the perspective of women (mostly). Highly recommended!

DWH-wi ,

My favorite travel podcast

Not just because she likes to travel the same way we do - slowly and while living as much as possible like a local. But also because she brings in many different voices to tell their travel stories, and she's one of the best interviewers I've heard for this type of format - the people are allowed to say what they want, but at the same time, the talks aren't allowed to get too far off course. The sound quality is very good and the topics are excellent. Highly recommended!

Juliet08 ,

Down-to-earth travel podcast

I’m usually not a big podcast person; I usually feel like hosts waste time with boring/irrelevant chit-chatting, or selling products instead of providing value. Amanda is not like this at all: she’s fun and conversational, yet she gets right to the point, the “meat and potatoes” of each episode, which I really appreciate. She has an inspirational yet grounded view of travel which really resonates with me, and she always has diverse and interesting guests on the show. I only wish I’d discovered this podcast sooner!

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