Podcasts are a part of my everyday life. The podcast queue on my phone is almost as long as my travel bucket-list!
Whenever someone asks, “Have you listened to (insert podcast series name)?” I want to plug my ears, because I’m already listening to so many good ones. But of course, my curiosity gets the best of me and I can’t help but add another to my ever-growing list.
With so many great options, I was going to give you my top 10, but figured I’d divide it up. Travel and others. So, in no particular order, here are my top 5 favorite podcasts that make me want to throw caution to the wind and travel the world, no matter the cost.
Travis Sherry has the kind of sense of humor, that makes everything funny. Everything is a joke and every topic is entertaining. And when his wife, Heather, joins, their banter is just the right mixture of sarcasm and genuine feels. EPOP is the perfect mix of personal anecdotes and travel tips, as he interviews people who have made travel a priority and created a life of adventure.
Favorite Episode: Eastern vs. Western Europe- Sorry, Heather, I think I side with Travis on this one. Having never been to either, Eastern Europe fascinates me way more than Western.
This is my favorite show to listen to while running. The hosts, Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey, sound like they are have a blast. They’re just shooting the breeze and having easy conversations with their guests. I often feel like I’m sitting there, at a table, full of incredible women, all sharing their travel experiences and tips and tricks. It’s entertaining, helpful, and inspiring, all at the same time.
Favorite Episode: What It Takes to Bike the Silk Road in 10 Months- Did you even know that you could bike the Silk Road? I didn’t. I’m totally not in the season of life to be taking on such an adventure, but what I felt as I listened to this episode, was an insane desire to do something… something hard and epic!
Jackie Laulainen, or Traveling Jackie, as she’s known on-line, hosts a fun travel show, that focuses on adventure travel and travel tips. Formerly known as The Budget-Minded Traveler Podcast, JUMP is also an incredible resource for those trying to travel for less. As one of the very first podcasts I ever listened to, I’ll never get tired of listening to Jackie’s experiences and insights.
Favorite Episode: Facing Fears Through Adventure Travel: My Via Ferrata Experience- Jackie, like myself, is terribly afraid of heights, but in an attempt to conquer her fears, she took not just one, but multiple, tours along Via Ferrata, trails that are literally suspended along cliffs and across hundred-foot drop-offs. After listening to this, I added bungee jumping to my bucket-list. I don’t know how I’m going to get myself to jump off a bridge, but I refuse to let fear limit my experiences!
“This is the show to help you travel the world on your terms”. If that isn’t the definition of traveling outside-the-box, then I don’t know what is. With each episode, Jason Moore dives into an array of travel topics, making sure to cover the subject from every angle. Whether you’re planning on traveling solo, with a young family, for work, or as a full-time lifestyle, Zero to Travel has helpful tips and inspiration to help you make it happen.
Favorite Episode: How Anyone Can Write a Book + Post-Career Nomad Life with Azul Terronez- I had been playing with the idea of writing a travel guidebook to American Samoa for awhile, but this episode really was the kick-in-the-pants that I needed to just get the project started.
Short and sweet and to the point; these episodes are only 10-15 minutes long. The co-hosts, Scot and Emily McKay, give the listeners small glimpses into the dozens of countries they’ve traveled to, with and without their kids. It’s just enough time to give a brief overview and a personal anecdote or two. They spark wanderlust and motivation to dig deeper into the places they talk about. My only complaint is that they haven’t been consistent about publishing new episodes over the past year. That being said, the first two seasons are totally worth binge listening to! And Scot and Emily, if you see this, Please Keep Them Coming!
Favorite Episode: Belarus Is Still Soviet After All These Years- This was a tough choice. I seriously love all their episodes! (hint, hint, guys, time to make some more) After listening to this episode, I was so intrigued by this small, European country. When Nate saw a job opening in Belarus, I told him to apply. He didn’t end up getting it (no surprise because they’re super isolated and like to keep to themselves) but how cool would that have been?!
There you have it. My favorite travel podcasts.
So, which one are you going to listen to first?
I know I said my list is already too long, but I’m curious. If you have any other travel podcasts that you can’t get enough of, share them in the comments below.
If podcasts aren’t your thing or if you’re still looking for more travel inspiration, check out my Top 12 Kid’s Movies that Inspire Wanderlust!