In deep mid winter, transport yourself to sunnier climes, or satisfy your wanderlust itch from the comfort of your sofa, with a travel podcast.

The nights are drawing in, the long days of summer seem a mere distant memory; what better way to transport yourself to sunnier climes, or satisfy your wanderlust itch from the comfort of your sofa, than with a travel podcast?

Whether you’re looking to be inspired by tales of exotic locations and hear about the adventures of intrepid travellers; or you’re looking to pick up tips for your next family break, here’s our round-up of the best travel podcasts to download, now.

JUMP


With one million downloads and counting, blogger ‘Travelling Jackie’ hosts an inspiring interview series with everyone from families who sold all their possessions to explore the globe, to travel photographers and adrenaline junkies on adventure missions. A real mix of tips and inspirational stories. A great listen for travel junkies.

Extra Packet of Peanuts


Broadcasting since 2013, this ‘budget travel podcast’ is a great listen for those looking to globe-trot on a shoestring. Hosts, Travis and Heather, interview nomads, bloggers and entrepreneurs who share with them their insights and first-hand tips for those looking to embark on their own affordable adventures. It’s about filling ‘your heart with wanderlust and your head with knowledge’. Stories range from the guy who went around France on a little red scooter, to the man who spent five years going to every country in Africa, and climbing the tallest peak in each. There are great lists too, such as top 10 ice creams in the world and 21 ways to survive a long-haul flight. Essential wanderlust listening.

On She Goes


On She Goes is a digital travel platform that helps women of colour ‘travel more confidently, more adventurously, and more often’. Contributors give their first-hand perspectives and broaden the conversations around travel through the podcast, video, city guides and articles. Big topics aren’t shied away from, including immigration, international adoption and LGBTQ+ travel experiences.

Women On The Road


Twice a month, Women On The Road hears from solo female travellers about life on the open road. Women embarking on adventures in a range of motorhomes and vehicles, tout seul. Host Laura Hughes interviews these fearless women about their nomadic lifestyle; in each episode they share the life experiences that led them on their solo adventures – from battling cancer, to self-exploration and a desire to explore the globe whilst also exploring their sense of identity and place in the world. A truly empowering listen.

Wild ideas worth living


Ever dismissed a ‘wild idea’ as too fanciful? Or shelved it as a ‘one-day dream’? Wild Ideas Worth Living is a podcast hosted by journalist Shelby Stranger that interviews tenacious explorers, experts and entrepreneurs who have taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality. Climbing mountains, writing best-selling books or fighting for a bigger cause; no dream is too big. Warning: after one episode you may be itching to throw in the towel and jump on the first flight after hearing tales of sailing to French Polynesia, skiing around the world and moving to Costa Rica and surfing everyday. Sound tempting?

Zero to Travel


With 15 years’ travel experience under his belt, Jason Moore distils his passion and knowledge for all things travel into his weekly podcasts, Zero to Travel. 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. Besides the big interviews there are handy ‘quick tips’ on how to budget, stay safe as well as earn money as you travel. A mine of travel info and a knowledgeable voice in the world of globetrotting.

Find Dining


Love food AND travel? Find Dining is the perfect listen. Host Seth Resler chats with culinary experts and food bloggers from cities around the globe and hears about their local dining scene and cultural cuisines. Want to find the best dim sum in Asia? Or traditional recipes along the Silk Road? Get the inside scoop from those in the know, the local foodies sharing their favourite recipes and eateries for the hungry traveller.

Betty in the sky with a suitcase


A great, humorous travel podcast which feels like the ultimate ‘eavesdrop’, Betty In The Sky With A Suitcase is the podcast from flight attendant ‘Betty’, who shares the funny stories and anecdotes about passengers behaving badly from fellow crew members and pilots. A candid behind the scenes glimpse of what really goes on at 50,000ft. Captivating listening.

Family Travel Radio


If you’re inspired to travel with your family, and we’re not talking a two-week, all-inclusive break in Spain here, the Family Travel Radio podcast is a brilliant, insightful listen for parents looking to embark on a long-term travel adventure with smalls. Find out the common pitfalls before you start planning, hear from other families about their journeys and discover great family-friendly destinations and tips to help you plan your own adventure.

Travel Genius


Ever wondered how many press-ups you should do on a plane? Or how to make friends on the road as a solo traveller? Travel Genius podcast, hosted by Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood shares a range of travel hacks and interviews with a range of subjects to share their top tips for travelling smart.

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By Lydia Mansi
January 2020