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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.