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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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    • 4.8 • 45 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.

    253 Walking the World

    253 Walking the World

    Walking is such a wonderful way to explore the world - it's a way to slow down, really look around you, often to get in touch with nature too, and it's healthy and environmentally-friendly as well. In Episode 253 I chat with travellers who've walked in many parts of the world and got so much out of it that it'll make you want to follow in their (literal!) footsteps.

    First up, I chat with Kath and Howie of The Museum of Us, a couple who have become quite addicted to long walks over the last few years - curiously, as the result of knee injuries. I talk with Kath and Howie about their experience of walking the Camino a few years back.

    Next, Justin Watson tells the story of a popular walk in Bhutan to see the Tiger's Nest Monastery or Paro Taktsang in Bhutan. It's a pretty vertical walk and it's a fun story!

    Finally, Tara Wells talks to me about how to get the most out of walking - she's just published a guide book on a long Sydney walk, so she should know!

    Links:
    Kath and Howie’s YouTube channel The Museum of Us - https://www.youtube.com/themuseumofus 
    Justin’s blog Justin’s World - http://www.justins.world
    Tara Wells’ website - https://www.tarawellsauthor.com/
    Tara’s book, The Bondi to Manly Walk - https://amzn.to/3lNeL9u 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Join our LinkedIn group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://notaballerina.com/linkedin
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/253

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    • 25 min
    252 Ethical Wildlife Tourism: Elephants Are Many Shades of Grey

    252 Ethical Wildlife Tourism: Elephants Are Many Shades of Grey

    Should we ride elephants? (For me, the answer is definitely no.) 

    But did you know that at one stage, the offering of elephant rides was seen as being part of "saving" them from a tortuous life working in the forestry industry, dragging heavy logs around?

    And did you know there are now thousands of domesticated elephants in Thailand who still need to be supported, somehow?

    While I always strive to be an ethical wildlife tourist, diving deeper into this topic has proven to me it's never as black and white as we think, and that many solutions to these kind of problems are best solved through empowerment and many discussions with the local people involved - and that this is not a quick or easy solution, but a better one for sure!

    This is a special episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast - I've put it together as part of the requirements for the Certificate in Sustainability and Anti-Oppression in Travel, a fabulous course I've been studying through the RISE Travel Institute. See the show notes for references, more information and videos.

    Links:
    RISE Travel Institute - https://www.risetravelinstitute.org
    Catherine Marshall at Time To Wander - https://www.timetowander.com.au 
    World Animal Protection - https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au 
    Animondial - https://animondial.com  
    Diana Edelman's post about riding elephants in Thailand - https://dtravelsround.com/2015/08/11/truth-about-riding-elephants-in-thailand/
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Join our LinkedIn group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://notaballerina.com/linkedin
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/252

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    • 25 min
    251 Penny Rafferty: Deep Dive Into Thoughtful Travel

    251 Penny Rafferty: Deep Dive Into Thoughtful Travel

    In the third of my Deep Dive Into Thoughtful Travel interview episodes, I chat with Penny Rafferty in South Australia, with a wide-ranging discussion about all manner of thoughtful travel topics.

    I started off asking Penny about her fascinating career trajectory, which sees her now taking the roles of both Head of Sustainability at Tourism Australia and Executive Officer of Luxury Lodges of Australia. Her roles have given her plenty of food for thought and we discuss both her professional and personal experiences of tourism and travel, how travel can change us, and how travellers can change the world.

    Links:
    Luxury Lodges of Australia - 


    https://luxurylodgesofaustralia.com.au  Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Join our LinkedIn group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://notaballerina.com/linkedin


    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/251

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    • 28 min
    Book Club 13: All the Way to the Tigers by Mary Morris

    Book Club 13: All the Way to the Tigers by Mary Morris

    This special episode is the audio of the Facebook Livestream of the August 2021 meeting of the Thoughtful Travellers Book Club, talking about All the Way to the Tigers with author Mary Morris.

    You can find out more about Mary at her website https://marymorris.net and read the book at https://amzn.to/3cfiEzY 

    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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    • 46 min
    250 Making Friends Through Podcasting

    250 Making Friends Through Podcasting

    It's the semiquincentennial episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast (and listener Justin, who features in this episode, told me about that crazy word in the Thoughtful Travellers Facebook group) - in any case, it's Episode 250, a round-numbered episode and time for something totally different!

    One of the most fabulous parts of running this podcast for over five years is the people I've met - some of whom have become good friends who I can't imagine not knowing! I feature as selection of them in this episode - just a handful out of many - and I'm so grateful that running this podcast gave me the chance to get to know them.

    From the UK, I feature Ian Oliver (who now runs his own podcast, Travel Tales from Beyond the Brochure), and Penny Wincer, who is originally Australian but now resides in England. Out of Europe I mention Eva Westerling who lived in Germany when we first chatted but has spent more time in Morocco of late, and also Erin Gustaffson of Oregon Girl Around the World, an American currently based in Denmark. And finally, I talk about Justin Watson, a fellow Aussie and a friend I made through the Thoughtful Travellers group, who's now my cohost of the Thoughtful Travellers Book Club.

    All in all, it's a mix of a behind the scenes episode, and a wave of gratitude for all the fabulous people I've got to know over the last five years - thank you all of you!

    Links:
    Ian from Travel Tales from Beyond the Brochure - https://barefoot-backpacker.com 
    Penny Wincer - pennywincerwrites.com 
    Eva from Not Scared of the Jet Lag  - notscaredofthejetlag.com
    Erin from Oregon Girl Around the World - oregongirlaroundtheworld.com
    Justin’s blog - http://www.justins.world 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Join our LinkedIn group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://notaballerina.com/linkedin
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/250

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    • 25 min
    249 The Dangers of Elephants

    249 The Dangers of Elephants

    I’m usually talking about elephants in the sense of seeing them on safari, or of how we should ethically visit elephants in appropriate sanctuaries, and how we absolutely shouldn’t ride them. But this episode is  about what happens when travellers and elephants collide - quite literally!

    I first chat with Catherine Marshall, who has travelled extensively throughout Africa and has a special love for elephants - but also, a very serious respect for them. She tells me of an elephant encounter some time back in Kruger National Park.

    My second guest is Henry Gold who has a rather dramatic elephant story to tell. His encounter takes place in India while he was running a cycling tour. You’ll soon understand why this story is one that Henry has told very frequently since it happened a decade ago.

    Links:
    Catherine Marshall’s Time to Wander site - https://www.timetowander.com.au 
    Henry Gold, founder of Tour D'Afrique Cycling - https://tdaglobalcycling.com/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Join our LinkedIn group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://notaballerina.com/linkedin
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/249

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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45 Ratings

45 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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