With travel on hold, these travel podcasts will give you a chance to live vicariously while dreaming of the world.
Podcast have exploded in popularity in recent years, especially in the travel niche. Bringing you the very best destination experts, the must visit places from around the world, unique travel stories, helpful tips, and moments of fun, joy and wanderlust. There are podcasts for each and every one of you! After all, who doesn’t love to travel?
I love podcasts. They’re a great way to stay informed and entertained while traveling. Long haul flights, airport delays, overnight sleeper trains – all good times to chuck in the earbuds and soak up some travel wisdom. Podcasts also help me to increase my wanderlust. To help you get inspired for your next trip, here are some of my favorite travel podcasts.
Extra pack of peanuts
Extra Pack of Peanuts is a great podcast for travelers who want to stay on a budget while on the road. Travis, who hosts the show, interviews nomads and bloggers who give insight and firsthand tips on how to embark on your own affordable adventures.
Women who travel
Women Who Travel deep dives into what it’s like traveling as a woman. This podcast is fun, informative, and covers a huge range of topics.
Women on the Road
Women on the Road dives into the life of solo female travelers who are living the #vanlife. Host Laura Hughes interviews these fearless women and creates a unique spin on their nomadic lifestyle.
Formerly known as the Budget-Minded Traveler, Traveling Jackie inspires others to get out and see the world through travel and adventure. This podcast has a distinct focus on off-the-beaten track travel and highlights insider tips, as well as hidden gems of travel across several continents.
Host Chris Christensen from Amateur Traveler started the show in 2005 and he’s racked up an amazing database of over 600 episodes. Each 40 to 60 minute clip centers around a particular country or experience, such as a safari in Botswana, or traveling Hawaii’s Big Island, and is joined in conversation by people who have lived in or are well-travelled in the topical destination.
Hear about travel to Finland as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Jayne Dear about a one-week itinerary to visit the best of Finland by train. https://amateurtraveler.com/touring-finland-by-train/ Why should you visit Finland? Jayne says, "Many reasons. One of the most notable is that it's the happiest country in the world. For the last six years, it's been declared the happiest country in the world on the World Happiness Report. It's a beautiful country. You probably will have seen more trees than you will have seen in your life." Jayne starts us in the capital of Helsinki. She recommends visiting: Helsinki Central Station: A stunning Art Nouveau train station with a 48-meter-high clock tower. National Museum of Finland: This museum offers insights into Finland's history, including Viking relics, artifacts, and a Russian czar's throne. Market Square: Located by the harbor in Helsinki, it's a vibrant place to witness the local food scene, buy fresh produce, and try unique dishes like moose burgers and reindeer soup. Helsinki Cathedrals: There are two cathedrals to explore in Helsinki—the plain yet dramatic Lutheran Cathedral and the opulent Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, offering a contrasting religious experience. Suomenlinna Fortress: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic fortress on an island near Helsinki was built to deny the Russians access to the Baltic Sea. It's a fascinating place to explore, with military museums, a submarine, and a lighthouse church. While you are in Helsinki Jayne recommends a side trip to Porvoo which is located an hour from Helsinki by bus, Porvoo is known for its traditional wooden buildings. It has an open-air museum, showcasing historic buildings, churches, schools, and farms, providing a glimpse into Finland's rural past. Take the train then to Tampere which Jayne calls the "Manchester of Finland" due to its industrial history. Visitors can explore old warehouses, textile factories turned into museums and unique architecture like the Art Nouveau Fire Station. The city is situated between two lakes, offering picturesque views. For the best views, hike the nearby esker, a gravel hill left by the last Ice Age. While in Tampere, Jayne and her husband also did a homestay where they were able to learn more about life in Finland. Located in Parola, south of Tampere, is the Parola Tank Museum which showcases a variety of tanks and military vehicles, offering insights into military history. Our next stop is Turku which was Finland's old capital. Turku boasts a medieval cathedral and a historic castle. The city's riverside features historic boats, making it an attractive destination for exploring maritime history. If you have extra time, head north to Rovaniemi which is located on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is famous for being the "home" of Santa Claus. Visitors can partake in activities like dog sledding and witness the Northern Lights during the winter months. Whether you want to explore the coffee culture, the Finnish love of board games, the extensive forests, or the Wife Carrying World Championships, Finland is worth a visit.
Chronicles Abroad highlight experiences living abroad as well as those of others who took risks to live their dream to be location independent.
Indie Travel Podcast
Whether you’re looking for advice on the best things to do in New Zealand, the essentials to pack in your carry-on bag, or the cheapest way to get around on your next city break, tune in to Craig and Linda Martin from The Indie Travel Podcast. They have been going strong on the road since 2006. Each 20 to 30 minute episode brings insightful and entertaining stories from backpackers, expats and digital nomads who share a passion for travel.
The Globetrotter Lounge
The Globetrotter Lounge podcast is hosted by Jet Set Lisette who interviews amazing and inspiring women who have found creative ways to travel the world.
Andy Steves Travel Podcast
Andy Steves Travel Podcast features wanderers from all over the world who highlight how travel has affected their perspectives, habits, and lives.
The Budget-Minded Traveler
The Budget-Minded Traveler offers listeners destination inspiration and practical tips to get their travel goals off the ground, without blowing their whole budget. Each episode interviews guests about their super-interesting travel experiences.
The Offbeat Life
The Offbeat Life podcast highlights the stories of digital nomads and location-independent entrepreneurs. It digs deep into the realities of starting a remote business and how to create a sustainable nomadic lifestyle.
Wild Ideas Worth Living
If there was ever a podcast that’ll make you want to hand in your notice, book a flight, and get out into the world, it’s Wild Ideas Worth Living. This is all about having a wild idea and acting on it. Each episode feature interviews with various excellent legends, like pro-climbers, ultra-marathoners, authors and photographers.
Flight of Fancy
Hosted by travel journo Ben Groundwater, Flight of Fancy offers 30-minute episodes on just about everything you could want to hear in a travel podcast. Each week he interviews travel professionals on topics like terrifying border crossings and cliched travel experiences.
Each episode of the Armchair Explorer podcast sees one of the world’s great adventurers tell their best story from the road. Each episode is cut documentary style and set to music and cinematic effects to create an immersive storytelling experience.
The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Listening to The Thoughtful Travel Podcast feels like sitting down with a bunch of friends and sharing your best (and hairiest) travel stories. Amanda interviews fellow travel addicts about their travel experiences, like getting lost, navigating different cultures, and meeting the locals.
Simon Calder’s podcast Escape is a mix of up-to-the-moment travel news and entertaining chats with travel’s biggest names. There’s a travel masterclass each episode too, covering everything from wildlife photography to solo travel.
Zero to Travel
With over 15 years experience traveling the world, Jason Moore from Zero to Travel shares his passion for all things travel in his weekly hour-long podcasts. Take a listen as he interviews fellow explorers on their epic journeys, from walking across America to visually impaired cyclists embarking on a 16,000-mile journey from Argentina to Alaska.
The Skift Podcast
In the skift podcast, editors try to gain their understanding of change in travel behaviours and how the industry is developing alongside. Their 30 to 40 minute sessions focus on the latest travel trends, such as challenges for low-cost airlines, solutions for overtourism, as well as trends for the new year.
Not Just Travel
The Travel Podcast gives you weekly new insight, knowledge and frontline ‘access’ to amazing destinations around the world. The travel podcast team will also cover travel news, run useful Q&As, introduce guest speakers, and give away travel tips.
Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet
Presenters Alex and Christine Schiefer scour the Internet for one-star reviews for travel related services and read them out in dramatic voices. A hilarious podcast!
I hope these travel podcasts helped you get inspired for your next trip!