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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 • 49 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.

    272 Travel Gives You Confidence

    272 Travel Gives You Confidence

    Whether you're hitchhiking, making new friends or buying a train ticket in India, all of these things take confidence. We talk often on The Thoughtful Travel Podcast about the myriad ways travel helps you grow, and one of the biggest benefits I've had from travelling is that it's given me immense confidence - a trait that's carried through into my personal and professional life far beyond my travels.

    In Episode 272, my three guests tell me about incidents from their travels which have given them lasting confidence. I start with Sophia Bentaher who has a great philosophical approach to what she's learnt from travel and thinks that travelling gives a compounding benefit as you see the results of your actions and become increasingly confident in all that you do.

    I then chat with Nathan Thomas who describes the daily achievements in travel like buying a ticket at an Indian train station where even the scam artists are dressed in an official-looking uniform. Each of these kinds of achievements add to your confidence. Finally, I hear from Sarah Meyer who intentionally went looking for her confidence to be built on a long-term solo trip in Asia - and found it in spades.

    Links:
    Crossing cultures: Student travel and personal development - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0147176797000217 
    Sophia’s website https://sophia-b.co/ 
    Nathan of Intrepid Times https://intrepidtimes.com/ 
    Nathan’s new book Travel Your Way: Rediscover the World on Your Own Terms
    Sarah’s site Last Minute Wanders https://lastminutewanders.com/ 
    Ep 15 - Travel Builds Confidence, So Do It! - notaballerina.com/15 
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    • 25 min
    271 Six Years of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

    271 Six Years of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

    Can you believe this - because I almost can't - that The Thoughtful Travel Podcast turned six years old recently?! Unfortunately, my household were all suffering with Covid on its actual birthday, but I've now recovered enough to put together this episode to celebrate.

    In particular, I'm excited to share some wonderful voice messages from friends and listeners of the podcast - collating these gave me such a thrill! In this episode I also outline a few of the last year's successes, and talk about some plans I have for the next year of the podcast.

    Thanks so much to everyone who listens, shares, participates in our groups and in all other ways supports The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - I am so very grateful for you all.

    Links:
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
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    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/271

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    • 20 min
    270 Post-Pandemic Travel: What Will Change?

    270 Post-Pandemic Travel: What Will Change?

    I don’t think we’re at the post-pandemic stage yet, but we definitely seem to be at the stage where people are travelling a lot more - even the Australian border is open now, and Western Australia’s will be soon too. So it seems like an appropriate time to revisit the great hopes of 2020 - when we all said that after the pandemic we’ll be much more thoughtful travellers, basically.

    In this episode, I talk about some academic research and a prediction of the different ways people will approach travel after the pandemic - they’ve based it on ‘terror management theory’ which is intriguing in itself. After discussion both the short and long term predictions of how people may change their thoughts about travel, I dig into the anecdotal evidence I’ve been able to collect in recent weeks.

    Basically, I think there is good news and bad news. And I really hope the good news wins out in the end!

    Links:
    “Proximal and distal post-COVID travel behavior’ in the Annals of Tourism Research, Volume 88, by L Miao, J Im, X Fu, H Kim and YE Zhang - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2021.103159 
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    269 Working in Tourism and Travel

    269 Working in Tourism and Travel

    Working in the tourism industry sounds like a dream, right? (Well, maybe not during a pandemic ...) But there's certainly something to be said for working in an industry where the focus is on something happy and joyful, and the three guests in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast all have had some wonderful experiences working in tourism and travel. 

    I start off by chatting with Lucky Legong who migrated from South Africa to Australia to continue working in the hospitality industry. She started off spending several years on gorgeous (but remote!) Kangaroo Island and then moved to Lord Howe Island - there are definitely some perks to this work, especially the beautiful surroundings.

    Shelley Winkel spoke to me about her career in publicity in the tourism industry, with a wide-ranging list of appointments across the globe, though for some years now her big love has been promoting Queensland - which is how we originally met.

    To finish up I talk to travel writer Bev Malzard about one of the most envy-inducing parts of working in travel, the famil - I've also been on a number of familiarisation trips and they're most commonly thought of by others as a holiday when in fact they can be quite a lot of hard work - in the case of this hilarious story from Bev, it's her stomach which had to work hard!

    Links:
    Lucky Legong from the Baillie Lodges group - https://baillielodges.com.au 
    Lucky's previous interview about migrating to Australia to continue her hospitality work - notaballerina.com/254
    Shelley Winkel from Tourism and Events Queensland - https://teq.queensland.com 
    Bev Malzard’s blog TravelGal on the Move -  https://travelgaltravels.com 
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    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/269

     

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    • 24 min
    268 Finding Yourself in Danger on Your Travels

    268 Finding Yourself in Danger on Your Travels

    Warnings of danger on our travels seem to be over-represented in the discussions people have before rips. Perhaps it’s the (understandable) fear of the unknown, combined with our tendency to spread more bad stories than good ones. For Episode 268, I’ve brought together a bunch of guests who’ve had a range of experiences that are dangerous or could-have-been dangerous, with one overarching message: they are all okay!

    That’s not to say we shouldn’t be aware and somewhat risk-averse when we travel, of course. My first guest is Jess Stone who had an experience in Mexico which to start with, was quite frightening. I then chat with Brent Hartinger and Michael Jensen about two experiences they’ve had with fire while travelling (the second of which made me properly scared!). Finally, Helena Fox tells me about an experience she had as a young backpacker in France, where she ended up being lucky in a situation I know can turn out quite differently.

    Links:
    Jess Stone of Go Ruffly, ethical outdoor dog gear - https://www.goruffly.com/
    Brent and Michael are Going Places - https://www.brentandmichaelaregoingplaces.com/ 
    Helena Fox - https://helenafoxauthor.com/
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    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/268

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    • 26 min
    267 Specialised Group Travel

    267 Specialised Group Travel

    Are you a fan of group trips? Or are you, like me, more generally a keenly independent traveller who needs a very good reason to decide to take a group tour of  any kind? 

    When it comes to group travel, I've learned over the years that there really is a group trip to suit everyone, even people like me who are highly reluctant group travellers - and often what turns us is the idea of some highly specialised group travel. In this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I speak with three people who've had experiences in specialised group travel and they make a great case for why we all should try it sometimes.

    First up, I chat with Evan Petrelis from Renaissance Tours, who specialise in tours connected to special interests like ballet, archaeology and gardens. He runs through some of the advantages and disadvantages of group travel and highlights how travelling with likeminded people with the same passion can be particularly rewarding.

    Next, I speak to Debbie Clarke, who has run tours for the LGBTQ community for many years. She has a pretty touching story to tell of the outcome of these tours for some of the participants.

    Finally, Vicky Sahami joins me to explain her highly specialised group trips which focus on visiting the best places in the world to observe total solar eclipses. It's a fascinating special interest which has seen Vicky experience some really far-flung parts of the globe, and in really unique ways.

    Links:
    Evan Petrelis from Renaissance Tours - https://renaissancetours.com.au/ 
    Debbie Clarke from the Good Awaits podcast - https://goodawaits.podbean.com/ 
    Vicky Sahami’s solar eclipse tours at Sirius Travel - https://siriustravel.com/ 
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    • 25 min

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49 Ratings

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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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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!

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