Europe

The richness of travel, art and culture with Olympian Peter Van Miltenburg.

The richness of travel, art and culture with Olympian Peter Van Miltenburg.

My very special guest on TWM Podcast today is one of my Coaches mentor and life long friend, Peter Van Miltenburg. Peter is a former Australian sprinter who specialised in the 200 metres. In 1984 he was the Australian 200 metre champion. He also went to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he competed in the 100/200 metres.

Margot Andersen - 7 years in London and returning home to help others in repatriation.

Margot Andersen - 7 years in London and returning home to help others in repatriation.

Margot spent 7 years living in London before returning 'home' to Australia approx 12 years ago. Whilst she loves being back and firmly believes she made the right decision to do so, the return journey was not quite as straightforward as she had anticipated. However it is these experiences that led her to start a network group called Insync aimed at helping repatriates reconnect as they return; as well as develop several career management and leadership programs in her consulting business to support both individuals and the organisations that they work for. She regularly writes and speaks on the topic of repatriation, global mobility and global careers and is passionate about helping people leverage the amazing experiences they have had as they return ‘home’.

Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo - Leaving the corporate world for the Mediterranean, India and a spiritual journey.

Natalie Roberts-Mazzeo - Leaving the corporate world for the Mediterranean, India and a spiritual journey.

Natalie left the corporate world and set off for Europe where she immersed herself in the Mediterranean countries of Turkey and Greece. For six months she lived in a treehouse, swam in the ocean, ate delicious food and learned about the local culture. She then headed to London to start a working holiday visa which didn't quite go to plan. She found herself packing up again and heading to India where she spent 6 months in Rishikesh practicing yoga and planting her spiritual seeds. 

Michelle Legge - 3 years 'leggin it' on a motorcycle through Europe

Michelle Legge - 3 years 'leggin it' on a motorcycle through Europe

Michele Legge and her husband Ron are a West Australian couple in their 50s who decided not to wait until they retired to  have a big travel adventure.

They spent 3 years motorbiking couch surfing house sitting and slow travelling around Europe. Michele welcome to the show and thank you for joining me.

Jo Parker - Shaping her life during 12 months in Denmark.

Finding freedom and purpose in her life at sixteen years old whilst on Rotary exchange.

About Jo

Johanna Parker is a heart-centred life, confidence and public speaking coach, international speaker and MC, life coach trainer, authenticity-advocate, travel junkie and founder of her personal empowerment business, Heart Sparks. 

Hailed by Women’s Fitness Magazine as a ‘positivity expert’, over the past ten years she has empowered thousands of young people and adults across not-for-profit, local government, education and community settings to become more connected to themselves, to confidently embrace their uniqueness, to bravely honour their voice and to build incredible, purposeful lives all over the world.

She is an avid traveller who caught the travel bug at a very young age and successfully built an location-independent business that nurtures her love of wandering while still allowing her to call Australia home.

I just kept showing up and really threw myself into learning the language and connect with people.
— Jo Parker

When coming home...

  • Emotions Jo faced - Resisted thinking about returning home. Looming expiry date of trip. Jo felt displaced, alone, misunderstood, sad and confused for 9-12 months after returning home.
  • What had changed - Felt like the world had stopped. Everything had changed but Jo felt grateful for the experience. 
  • How Jo supported herself - Aligned with anything that connected with who she really was. Maintaining relationships in Denmark, talking to those who were excited about her travels. When she was feeling sad, she gave herself space to process the feelings.
  • 3 Lessons learned from travel and reverse culture shock
  1. Reverse culture shock is a real thing, its a natural part of travel so take the pressure off.
  2. Home is on the inside, home is wherever you are.
  3. The relationship that you have with yourself is paramount.
  • Advise to herself for returning home - Everything will be ok, you can always choose to do something different and you have the power and the control to change things.

Jos tips for dealing with Reverse Culture shock.

  • Recognise what it looks like feels like sounds like.
  • Take the pressure off.
  • Find people who you relate too.
  • Be willing to speak up if you are struggling.
  • Follow 'sparks' of what feels interesting.
  • Know that if you return to where you travel.
Denmark taught me that I wanted to work with people and that I loved working with and meeting new people.
— Jo Parker

Links

Website: www.heartsparks.com.au

Jos Instagram: @heart_sparks

Facebook: HeartSparksbyJo

I make space for adventure...in whatever form that looks like.
— Jo Parker

Cover and above photos: Eyes of Love Photography

Amanda Kendle - 5.5 years of teaching English aboard.

Amanda Kendle - 5.5 years of teaching English aboard.

Amanda is a lifelong travel addict who has lived and worked in Japan, Slovakia and Germany before returning to her hometown of Perth, Western Australia. She runs a travel blog at NotABallerina.com and is the host of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, all about how beneficial travel can be for us in so many ways. She lives with her seven-year-old son and two cats and is always on the lookout for excuses to take her son travelling.