All posts by Jade Jackson

I’m a Writer, Podcaster, and Photographer obsessed with travel. I’ve explored over 55 countries, worked on a cruise ship, as a travel agent, taught travel and tourism, helped NZ tourism businesses with online presence, issued airline tickets, been a tour guide and taught english in Japan; doing pretty much anything that would allow me to travel. Now I share everything I’ve learnt in my blog and podcasts. I aim to inspire, make travel accessible, and change the world, through travel. As Travel Agents fade away, no website or app, has completely replaced them. I try to bridge that gap giving useful information about how to book and travel independantly. If you love the content I provide, then please click on the Support the Podcast page for really easy ways you can ensure this website, and the content I provide continues.

Long Distance Relationships

Are you a sucker for long distance romance?

Alcohol Free Activities

Embrace the alcohol-free lifestyle with these non-drinking alternatives.

Jade Talks Orcas

Orcas are super intelligent, probably more than humans.

Jade Talks Loss and Love

Apologies I didn’t post a Jade Talks Stuff podcast episode last month. I lost two friends, who both lived overseas. Jennifer Olsen was 42 (Chicago), and Chris Dawson was 39 (Wellington). This episode explains my biggest fear, how I found out, and the story of Jen and I. I’m in the middle of recording a ...

Travelosophy #16 – A Tribute to Jennifer K Olsen – 1976-2019

On what should have been Jen’s 43rd Birthday, instead here’s our story, my tribute to her. Happy Birthday Jennifer xoxo

Losing a Friend Overseas

Losing a close friend overseas, has always been my greatest fear.

Travelosophy Episode #15 – Hong Kong

Discover a city packed with stories, and hidden treasures down every alley.

Travelosophy #14 – Hitchhiking in Alaska and Orcas in the Wild

Only in Alaska would you get picked up hitchhiking, by a 16 year old girl playing Christian death metal music.

Flying on a Blacklisted Airline

No travel agent will ever ask you, “would you like to fly on a blacklisted airline?”

Travelosophy #13 – The Lure of Islands and Cape Palliser

Hear two travel articles, written and read by Jade Jackson, featuring the Lure of Islands and Cape Palliser.

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Jade Talks Going Alcohol Free

Stop drinking alcohol and live a happier, less stressful and more productive life.

Travelosophy #12 – Russia and the Trans-Mongolian Railway

Take one of the longest railway journey’s in the world, through snow, desert, and mountains.

Solo Travel

Why solo travel is a thing and how it will change your life.

Most Popular Podcast Episodes and Blog Posts of 2018

Check out the most downloaded podcast episodes, and read blog posts of 2018.

The Lure of Islands

Like the sweet lull of a mermaid’s call, islands have long seduced us.

Travelosophy #11 – Travel To The North Pole Next Christmas

Add a Destination Christmas to your traditions for a more relaxing day and to bring back the magic.

Jade Talks Losing Everything in a House fire

Ever wondered what it’s like to lose EVERYTHING in a house fire?

Travelosophy #10 – How to be a freelance travel writer

Ditch the office and work from anywhere, whilst getting paid to see the world as a freelance travel writer.

Travelosophy #9 – Japan on a Budget and Become Fluent in Japanese

Learn how to become fluent in any language and travelling Japan on a budget.

Jade Talks Earthquakes and Tsunamis

So you’re on holiday and disaster strikes, what do you do? Find out in this podcast episode.

Jade Talks Fast and the Furious Movies

In Jade Talks Fast and Furious movies, hear how they changed my life.

Travelosophy #8 – Road Trip to Nhill and Hanging Rock, Victoria

Hear how a visit to a tiny town in regional Victoria resulted in new found relatives!

It’s not Just a Photo, It’s the Story of my Life

There’s a story behind each and every photo on my website, which ultimately tells the story of my life. Now you can own a piece of history.

Secrets from my Gap Year Diary

Keeping a diary might seem archaic, but a travel diary is the ultimate souvenir, here’s why >>

Protected: Secrets, from my Gap Year Diary

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Jade Talks Death

How often do you think about dying? According to the Bhutanese, you should do so 5 times a day.

Travelosophy #7 – Philippines

You can’t argue with a tourism slogan like “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.”

Jade Talks Clouds

When you’re feeling blue, look up, and be awestruck by the beauty found in clouds.

Jade Talks Water

Water is essential to life, but how many know where tapwater comes from or how much water it takes to create a bottle of water?

Jade Talks Sharks

Overcome your fear of sharks by listening to this episode of Jade Talks Stuff and getting your facts straight.

Travelosphy #6 – Are You Addicted to Travel?

The side of travel you won’t see on Instagram; the addiction of travel.

Protected: Nine Reasons to Visit Nhill, Victoria

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Nine Reasons to Visit Nhill, Victoria

Nhill is a genuinely friendly town, with an array of unique attractions, just a few hours drive from Melbourne. Perfect for a weekend escape.

Travelosophy #4 – Travel China Independantly (without a tour)

Home to some of the biggest construction projects the world has ever seen.

Need a break? Take a micro-trip.

Take a micro-trip, without leaving the country. No passport required.

Travelosophy #3 – New Zealand Road Trips – Cape Palliser & The Forgotten World Highway

There’s no better escape than a remote road trip in New Zealand, on empty roads, surrounded by ancient ferns.

Canberra in a storm. Image by Jade Jackson.

It’s Not Too Late, to Book Your Easter Escape.

Make the most of the extra-long weekend and book your Easter escape now.

Travelosophy #2 – Snorkelling and Diving in Niue Island

In Travelosophy Episode 2, I take you to Niue, a tiny rock, in the Pacific Ocean, famous for diving, humpback whales, and I almost died there, 3 times!

Travelosophy #1 – Gap Year at Eleven Years Old

✈️ 👩‍👦 🥢 🚋 🗺 In this first episode of Travelosophy, hear how at 11 years old, I took my first gap year backpacking around Asia and Europe; which lead the way to a life filled with travel. In the first stories of life lessons learnt through travel, hear what to do, when you arrive ...

Clouds are Like Sky Paintings

Sky art for all the world to enjoy.

Cape Palliser, New Zealand.

Follow the lonely road to wildness.

Find cheap flights, to anywhere.

Travel hacks to get the cheapest fares.

Live an alcohol-free life

Free yourself, from an entire industry and live a happier, stress-free life.

Travel China Independantly

Want to travel China independently but don’t speak Chinese? With a little planning you can easily travel around China without a tour.

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

With everything a perfect holiday needs, here's why the Philippines should be next on your bucket list.

Road Trip from Ghost Towns to Van Gogh to the Outback

Did you know, the Outback is only a day-trip away from Sydney or Melbourne?

The Forgotten World Highway, New Zealand

Get lost along an historical road, surrounded by virgin forest.

Mist covered mountains

The Blue Mountains in mist, is a photographer’s dream.