Tune into the top five Travel Podcasts of 2019, dubbed the NEW glossy travel magazines, chosen by globetrotter Vivien Godfrey, CEO of Stanfords.

Long-haul flights, your daily commute, dog walk listening, pre-trip planning… it’s always a good time to tune into a travel podcast. Yet, when faced with the seemingly endless choice on iTunes, do you know which podcasts to download? We asked Vivien Godfrey, CEO of Stanfords, the world’s biggest map, globes and travel bookshop, to select five of the top best travel podcasts for 2019.

Vivien has been working in Stanfords as a teenager and is the third generation of Godfreys to work in the business. Established in 1853 by Edward Stanford, Stanfords have been trading in Covent Garden for over 100 years. An essential first port of call for adventurers and armchair travellers alike, customers past and present include Amy Johnson, Captain Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin and even Sherlock Holmes.

Here are Vivien’s top five travel podcast recommendations for 2019:

Wander Woman by Phoebe Smith


Finally the award-winning travel writer, adventurer and broadcaster Phoebe Smith has started her own podcast so we can go on some of her journeys with her. The first episode of her audio magazine is now up. She takes us diving for fosilised shark's teeth in Florida, we meet a former political prisoner in South Africa's Robben Island, we hear from Levison Wood and are introduced to Katherine Routledge, the Wander Woman of the month who talks about the origins of the Easter Island moai.

The Ordnance Survey #GetOutside podcast series


Britain's mapping agency Ordnance Survey selected some #GetOutside Champions to encourage people to explore and have outdoor adventures close to home. These podcasts offer advice on camping, walking, family adventures and lots more tips on how to enjoy the great outdoors.

The Big Travel Podcast by Lisa Francesca Nand


If you are new to this podcast then we are jealous as you have over 60 episodes to catch up on. Travel journalist, Lisa Francesca Nand explores the life-stories of well-known and interesting people through their life in travel from tales of their hometowns to where their travels have taken them. Lisa has interviewed newsreaders, explorers, Olympians and even myself in episode 43!

Indie Travel Podcast


Craig and Linda have been recording the Indie Travel Podcast since 2006 and it's been quite a journey. They've taken us around the world and shown us the side of travelling you won't see in glossy magazines. You'll value learning from their mistakes and hearing about all their amazing adventures. We like this as it covers lots of different types of trips and offers advice on what to pack etc.

Stanfords Travel Podcast


Every year we podcast live from the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival at Destinations: The Travel & Holiday Show at London's Olympia. Over the years we have had so many great names who have come along to the show to talk about their travel books including Michael Palin, Sir Chris Bonnington, Julia Bradbury, Kate Adie, Levison Wood, Simon Reeve, Kate Humble and so many more.

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