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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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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.

    176 When Travelling is Your Job

    176 When Travelling is Your Job

    We sometimes see people doing glamorous jobs and travelling the world and think: wow, they have a great life! It's those kind of people who are in Episode 176 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: I have a travel journalist, a guidebook writer and a guitarist who have all had the opportunity to travel widely and for long periods of time as part of their work.

    All of them are grateful for the travel and work they've been able to do, but there are definitely pros and cons to these kinds of careers. First up, I talk to Anna Chittenden who is a guidebook writer, travelling extensively throughout Asia. I'm a little envious of her in-depth experience of Japan, but it is definitely not a glamorous lifestyle.

    Next, I chat with Christine Retschlag, a travel journalist who darts around the globe with barely a break. We discuss that while much of this is a lot of fun there are some significantly difficult parts too.

    Finally, I speak with Kiki Wong who spent some years touring the world with her band Nylon Pink. We chat about two very different experiences of tours, and although Kiki says it's always worth it, there are definitely some tough moments.

    Links:
    Anna Chittenden of The Lost Guides - http://thelostguides.com/
    Anna’s new Lost Guides book - Tokyo & Beyond  https://amzn.to/2T7Q8WG 
    Christine Retschlag - https://www.theglobalgoddess.com 
    Kiki Wong - Nylon Pink - https://www.nylonpink.tv 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/176

    • 25 min
    175 Walking and Hiking Travels

    175 Walking and Hiking Travels

    If you've ever wondered what it's really like to head out for days or even months and just keep walking, Episode 175 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast will give you many insights into hiking and walking experiences on your travels.

    I start off speaking with Laura Waters, who spent five months tramping from the top of New Zealand to the bottom. As you can imagine this is no easy feat at all (but there is a bonus to it all involving chocolate!).

    Next, Suzanne Moore describes a much shorter hike in Japan, and an experience that made us both laugh. Suzy will be back in a future episode describing a longer hike she did in south-west Australia - but this climb at Mt Yote is such a fun story!

    Finally, I chat to Rick Antonson who agreed - without even knowing where it was or anything about it - to walk the Kokoda Track with his neighbour. This was also not a simple trip but like nearly any trip that requires a lot of effort, it was incredibly rewarding.

    Links:
    Hiking When You Travel, Episode 124 - notaballerina.com/124 
    Laura Waters’ website - https://soultrekkers.com.au/ 
    Laura’s book Bewildered - https://amzn.to/2S20zu2 
    Suzanne Moore https://www.suzannemoorewriter.com/   
    Suzanne’s book The Place Between - https://amzn.to/31KM6aD 
    Rick Antonson - www.rickantonson.com
    Rick’ book Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea - https://amzn.to/37n1fzS 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/175

    • 24 min
    174 Life Lessons From Travel

    174 Life Lessons From Travel

    Travelling teaches us a lot - there's nothing like having a big range of different inputs in a short time to wake up your brain! Episode 174 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast includes chats with three travellers who've learnt some solid life lessons during their travels.

    I start off by chatting with Nicci O'Mara about a sad but important life-changing moment that happened to her in Africa a couple of decades ago. We talk about how important it is to grab life by the horns and not put off things we really want to do.

    Next, I talk with Eugene Devereux about his recent experiences exploring south-east Asia, an area very different to his homeland of Ireland. He explains that he learnt a lot of life lessons by experiencing such different cultures and coming to understand their history, too.

    Finally I chat with Kate Manser about a lesson she learnt about hospitality while she was travelling in remote Indonesia. We also circle back to something similar to Nicci's lesson and discuss why you should jump at any travel opportunity that is presented to you!

    Links:
    Nicci O’Mara from Trip Chiefs - https://tripchiefs.com/ 
    Eugene Devereux - https://www.irishbootstrapper.com 
    Kate Manser’s site You Might Die Tomorrow - https://www.youmightdietomorrow.com/ 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/174

    • 25 min
    173 Anxiety and Travel

    173 Anxiety and Travel

    There's a bit of a myth out there that we travellers are brave, confident people who never get anxious. From my own life and knowing many other travel-loving friends who also have experienced anxiety, I can promise you this is wrong.

    Episode 173 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast includes two very special conversations with women who divulge some of their very personal experiences with anxiety and its connection with travel.

    Firstly, I speak with Megan Blandford (who literally wrote the book on anxiety!) about some of her experiences with anxiety during her travels. Megan gives some really specific examples of how anxiety gripped her on trips to Japan and earlier on a dolphin swim trip and I personally find this one of the best ways to understand more about what anxiety can look like on our travels.

    I then get the chance to chat with Laura Waters who has just published a book that also features a lot of her anxiety: Laura spend five months hiking from one end of New Zealand to the other and what happened to her anxiety during this trip is fascinating.

    Links:
    Megan Blandford https://meganblandford.net/  
    Her book I’m Fine (And Other Lies) about postnatal depression and motherhood https://amzn.to/2tY7zAc 
    Laura Waters https://soultrekkers.com.au/ 
    Laura’s book Bewildered https://amzn.to/2S20zu2 
    How to Deal with Travel Anxiety - Episode 93 - https://notaballerina.com/93 
    Getting Past Travel Anxiety - Episode 71 - https://notaballerina.com/71 
    My blog post from a few years back about my experiences with anxiety and travel - https://www.notaballerina.com/2015/02/travel-for-the-anxious-anxiety-prone.html 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/173

    • 25 min
    172 Helping Others When We Travel

    172 Helping Others When We Travel

    Wanting to help others when we travel is a common theme amongst experienced travellers, because we've all realised how lucky we are and how unlucky many people around the world are. In Episode 172 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I'm not giving you all the answers on how to solve the world's problems but I do want to bring you stories from three travellers who've helped others in three different ways. 

    First up I talk with Veronica from Happily Made about her experiences in Cambodia and beyond, trying to figure out ways to help women in poverty or who need some way to support their children going to school. Veronica's Happily Made business is a great example of a sustainable way to help - she sells toys and other knitted products made by women who work out of their homes in Cambodia.

    Next, I chat with Marilyn from the Wow Travel Club who's also had lots of different experiences in helping others when she travels, and she tells the story of how a Dining for Women project she was involved with took her to Vietnam and some really impactful experiences.

     Finally, I get to talk with Rafferty, basically my favourite travel-expert 11-year-old, who described an experience he had recently in South Africa.

    Links:
    Veronica’s Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/happilymade/happily-made-gifts-that-give-back by 1st March 2020
    Happily Made - https://happilymade.com.au 
    Marilyn Murphy from the Wow Travel Club https://www.wowtravelclub.com/ 
    Dining for Women - https://diningforwomen.org/ - US only
    Raff is the boy of his mum Aleney’s blog Boy Eats World - https://boyeatsworld.com.au 
    KASI RC - Shack Art School & Theatre, Cape Town - https://www.facebook.com/KhayelitshaArtSchool/ 
    Tin Mugs Africa Trust - https://www.tinmugs.org 
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/172

     

    • 26 min
    171 Moving to Another Country

    171 Moving to Another Country

    It's one thing to travel to a foreign country, but to completely migrate and move to another country is another level of experience entirely! In Episode 171 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast I'm chatting with three guests who've made the big move: one to Mexico, one to Japan, and one from Brazil to Australia. We've got half the world covered!

    First up, I talk with Queen D Michele who retired from her job as a school teacher in the United States and moved to Mexico. I asked her what her family and friends thought about her big move which opened up one of the most amazing stories of all!

    Next, I chat to Suzanne Kamata who is an American married to a Japanese man and living in a fairly rural part of Japan. It's interesting for me to hear how she feels there after several decades.

    Finally, Luana Marchi explains about the decision she and her husband made to leave their home country of Brazil and migrate to Australia - though at the start, they weren't so sure of their lifelong plans.

    Links:
    Episode 162 on Choosing Where to Live Abroad - https://notaballerina.com/162 
    Queen D Michele’s book Considerations: A Guide For Moving Abroad - https://amzn.to/2WWjHf0 
    Suzanne Kamata - http://www.suzannekamata.com/
    Suzanne’s book, Squeaky Wheels - https://amzn.to/2qPbCNQ
    Luana Marchi - health and wellness coach - https://luanamarchi.com.au/
    Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thoughtfultravellers
    Show notes: https://notaballerina.com/171

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