10 Travel/Adventure Podcasts that Deserve a Listen

First of all, if you don’t listen to podcasts, consider starting. They’re great for commutes, workouts, mindless office jobs, and housework. You can find podcasts on just about any topic you enjoy; there’s one for everyone. I listen to about 25-30 different shows on a regular basis including most of the following. Looking for some travel inspiration and tips or just something to pass the time? Check these out!

1) Zero to Travel Podcast

The Zero to Travel Podcast is a wonderful place to start for aspiring travelers looking for ideas and inspiration. In it, Jason Moore interviews a ton of travelers to explore budget travel and different methods of becoming location independent. You can also glean information and ideas for trips. Just be careful to not get burnt out by listening to too many episodes.

2) The Amateur Travel Podcast

This podcast published by Chris Christensen is perfect if you’re looking to take one or two trips a year and want to get the most out of your destinations. The Amateur Travel Podcast probably won’t become a podcast you listen to regularly for entertainment, but it’s great for researching a location or gauging interest in a trip you’re considering that Chris has discussed.

3-4) Lore and Haunted Places podcasts.

Both of these shows are technically separate from travel, but I always find myself hoping to visit all the locations involved. Anyone interested in mysteries, ghosts, hauntings, dark tourism, monsters, etc. should try these podcasts. They may give you some insight on superstitions and history of places you would like to visit or inspire you to travel to see these haunted or mysterious destinations. Plus, they deliver enthralling narratives, especially Lore which is produced by professional novelist Aaron Mahnke.

5) Indie Travel Podcast

This one is entertaining, inspirational, and helpful for planning any future trips to the same places. Craig and Linda Martin are a dynamic husband and wife team who share their adventures and pragmatic travel tips to get you exploring too.

6) Outside Podcast

Outside Podcast by Outside Magazine has a couple of different series that podcast lovers should capitalize on. They began with the Science of Survival series where tales of harrowing escapes from impending death will keep you on the edge of your seat. Then they released the Outside Interview which is, well, obviously an interview format show featuring insane adventurers. Dispatches cover just about anything in the world of Outside. These shows consolidated onto one feed will bring a little excitement into your morning commute or your rainy day in the office.

7) Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast

Ever wanted to know how to travel for cheap and get more trips for less money? This podcast by Travis Sherry will tell you how and captivate your attention at the same time. Travis learned all the intricate ins and outs of traveling via airline miles and reward points, nearly eliminating the biggest travel expense of all: plane tickets. By flying virtually for free, he opened the world up for his family and him.

8) The Dirtbag Diaries

Produced by a company called Duct Tape Then Beer, this incredible show has been in my library since I first got hooked on podcasts. Feature episodes focus on some overarching theme within an adventure story or experience. “The Shorts” episodes offer great, inspiring stories in about 10 to 20 minutes. The Dirtbag Diaries is growing—not surprisingly—and every new team member brings another dimension to the gripping stories they tell. My recommendation: Start at the first episode and work your way to the present. It’s that good.

9) Find Dining Podcast

This podcast by Taste Trekkers is ideal for foodies’ whose primary travel goal is exquisite (or cultural) cuisine. It’s also great for regular travelers just looking for good eats. I don’t listen to episodes one after another for the entertainment, but I think it’s perfect for trip research. Just search for your next travel destination in the show archives and get ready to plan a tasty adventure.

10) Travel with Rick Steves

This is your basic travel and culture podcast. Rick Steves mostly interviews authors on various topics and places they’ve recently written about. This isn’t necessarily a low budget or off the beaten path podcast, but it can be a solid source for ideas, especially as a start. It focuses on food and culture but also hits on the outdoors, community, history, and more. I prefer selectively listening to this show based on where I’m hoping to go much like the Find Dining Podcast. Rick Steves can be a little cheesy, but it’s well worth a listen.

Road Trip Reads – Part 3

For the one and a half years we roomed together, I could depend on Alex Cagle to answer “yes” when asked to accompany me on an adventure. From numerous poorly planned fishing trips to crossing the catwalk under a Tennessee River bridge, he was always up for new experiences. In this time Alex transitioned from a reluctant tag-along to an adventurous spirit who suggested and planned trips. For this reason, I have asked him to suggest three books to consider reading on your next road trip or adventure. Without further ado, Alex Cagle:

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

One of the most quintessential books to connect readers to nature is My Side of the Mountain. In this story a fifteen-year-old boy named Sam leaves his family and goes off to live in the forest and mountains of upstate New York. Almost every boy at one time or another has dreamed about leaving civilization behind and living on his own in the woods, and My Side of the Mountain captures that imagination and lets the reader live out that fantasy through Sam. Technically it is a children’s book, but it is a timeless classic that every adult should read to be reminded of the inner child that lives inside us all.

Corsair by Clive Cussler

For something a little more heart pounding, look no further than the writings of Clive Cussler. Cussler is a former Navy man who has written literally scores of action/spy novels, so narrowing it down to one suggestion is rather difficult. But if I had to choose one, it would have to be Corsair. The hero of the novel is the Chairman of the Corporation Juan Cabrillo. Fed up with the red tape that surrounded the United States secret services he left the CIA and founded his own spy agency for hire. Operating out of their high tech base inside a ship called The Oregon, they only use their power for good. The Oregon is unique in that it has state of the art engines that give the ship enormous speed and maneuverability by stripping ions from ocean water, allowing it to never refuel. The ship also has one other feature: its exterior looks absolutely decrepit, helping the ship enter any port with complete anonymity. In this installment the Secretary of State has vanished, and it is up to The Corporation to find her before a summit in Tripoli that will decide the fate of the Middle East. If you’re looking for a heart racing page turner then look no further.

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Lastly, but probably most importantly, is The Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy. One of the first literary pieces of the Renaissance, The Inferno is an epic poem that describes Dante’s decent led by Virgil through the literal depths of Hell. Note that undertaking this path with Dante and Virgil is not for the faint of heart. As an epic poem, The Inferno is filled with poetic language, so it requires more concentration to read than other texts. It also depicts sinners being tortured for their sins in gruesome detail in the nine levels of Hell. However, for the brave of heart and mind The Inferno is a must read for any individual who considers himself or herself enlightened. One of the pillars of Western literature for over seven hundred years, The Inferno is truly epic.