5 travel podcasts you should be listening to right now

Discover your inner wanderlust though these travel podcasts. Source: Shutterstock

PODCASTS have taken the world by storm with people listening to episodes of their favorite show anywhere and everywhere.

These compact audio files have opened a whole new world of information, educatucation, and entertainment to their audience.

They offer people with niche interests the opportunity to indulge in a topic without having to read lengthy texts or pay attention to online videos.

Best of all, almost all podcasts are free on iTunes or on SoundCloud, so listeners don’t have to pay to learn, laugh and sometimes cry.

However, listeners are always encouraged to like, subscribe and download the podcast to increase its chances of it topping the charts.

In today’s digitally connected world, there are podcasts to suit everyone’s interests from fiction, sports, science, and history to culture, self-help, feminism and of course, travel.

Whether you’re saving to go traveling, undecided on whether seeing the world is for you, or you’re already on your adventure, listening to travel-themed podcasts is a brilliant way to expose your mind to the big wide world and create an even longer bucket list.

Here’s what we think you should be listening to right now.

Women Who Travel

Condé Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey delve into the realities of traveling as a woman in the 21st century in Women Who Travel.

They pay homage to all the industry players who are shaking things up in food, hospitality, adventure, and travel journalism, and celebrate all the reasons that make women explore the world.

Arikoglu and Carey help listeners plan their journeys, offer advice on booking and packing, and beautifully tell stories of their previous trips.

Travel with Rick Steves

If you’ve got the travel bug already, chances are you’ve heard of Rick Steves and his travel podcast.

Steves is one of the most celebrated figures in the travel industry and an inspiration for many travel journalists.

Travel with Rick Steves mainly focuses on European destinations, people, and the cultural curiosities from around the world that wouldn’t be found in a guidebook.

On She Goes

Everything is beautiful about this podcast; from the illustrated podcast artwork to the women who present the show and the stories they tell.

On She Goes is a travel platform created by women of color for women of color which brilliantly fills a void in the podcast-sphere by discussing the challenges women of color face while traveling.

They aim to inspire other women of color to explore outside of their comfort zones and help them to deal with issues such as racism and solo travel.

Travelogue

Travelogue is another podcast brought to you by Conde Nast Traveler. 

The weekly podcast is hosted by Conde Nast Traveler Digital Director Brad Rickman and the show frequently pulls in other editors from across the publication to discuss an array of travel-related topics.

The hour-long episodes focus on everything from how the late, great Anthony Bourdain changed travel to whether LQBTQ+ travel is inherently political.

There are also softer topics such as things you shouldn’t do in a hotel and which American food you must try.

The conversational tone of the podcasts is descriptive and inspiring but also makes you feel like you could interrupt at any moment to share your own story.

Location Indie

Location Indie pitches itself as “raw and honest location independent lifestyle talk” and that’s exactly what the show does.

Hosted by Trav and Jason, the podcast discusses what life on the road is like for digital nomads, looking at the tribulations as well as the positives of remote working.

If you’re thinking of ditching the office and finding a beach, listen to Location Indie for advice and stories – you’re guaranteed a giggle too.

If you’re overwhelmed by the number of episodes for each podcast, either start at the beginning or pick one that has a title you like the sound of.

There are no rules when it comes to podcasts, you can listen wherever, whenever and to whatever – just as long as you enjoy it.