Need some wanderlust inspiration from the comfort of your home, office or on the road? Hang tight, as we get you the best of the best podcasts for travel that you MUST listen to today.
I must admit, I am a recent podcast and audiobook convert and I am LOVING IT! I have been listening non-stop for months on my laptop and on my app.
Best podcasts for travel and wanderlust inspiration
What is a podcast?
The term ‘podcast’ is a combination of 2 words – iPod and broadcasting. It is is a free service, where a user can listen to audio files (typically MP3s) from app or websites over the internet.
Typically podcasts have episodes, in a series like set up – which is informational, entertaining and most importantly free – to keep you hooked!
Recommended: Download a free iOS or Android podcast listening app on your mobile. Then download one or many of the episodes listed here on wifi, and enjoy wanderlust on the go, or while lazing on your living armchair or balcony!
Top picks: Podcasts App, Apple Podcast, Podcast Player
The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle
The Thoughtful Travel Podcast with Amanda Kendle is a show for travel lovers.
In each episode of the Thoughtful Podcast, she interviews travelers/fellow travel addicts – who share their amazing wanderlust stories.
Through these podcast episodes, you get to explore and learn about a new culture and local customs through the traveler’s lens, soak in wanderlust inspiration and get lost in this amazing world of ours.
Extra Pack of Peanuts with Trav and Heather
Get wanderlust inspiration from this amazing travel duo – Trav and Heather, who bring real and raw travel guides and stories. Their podcast episodes are filled with informative details that will help in planning your trips.
Every now and then, their podcast episodes feature ‘one of a kind’ traveler interviews and digital nomad stories.
They also curate lists on best gifts, wines, bags and what not – all for the sake of travel love!
Alpaca My Bags with Erin Elizabeth Hynes of Pina Travels
Alpaca My Bags is a Canadian podcast aired from Toronto!
This is a unique podcast series in the sense Erin highlights more sensitive and controversial topics with travel enthusiasts. So if you are interested in dark tourism, or ethical and sustainable tourism, etc this is your place!
Erin’s episodes involve guest interviews where they discuss travel misfortunes, hidden gems in the face of over-tourism, fun stories and more.
Not So Bon Voyage with Jules and Christine
Not so Bon Voyage is a fun podcast where the travel duo Jules and Christine share about travels gone wrong, in a hilarious way.
Their informative yet unique storytelling about travel misfortunes is a delight. Some of our favorite episodes include – Christine being robbed in Panama, Canadian travelers denied entry in various countries, moments in a haunted Airbnb, being imprisoned in North Korea and more.
Hear them out, you won’t be disappointed!
The World Nomads Travel Podcast
The World Nomads Travel Podcast is an amazing source of travel destinations inspiration and travel news! Yes, they discuss current travel situations and their impact on tourism and travelers in general.
They are the same company that runs a travel insurance program.
This podcast is hosted by Kim Napier and Phil Sylvester, and they also feature other travelers and local experts.
Amateur Traveler Podcast with Chris Christensen
Chris Christensen in the Amateur Traveler showcases everything about travel from budget destinations to Disney guides, Airbnb, and wanderlust inspiration from a variety of places (Pakistan to Bulgaria and more)!
Amateur Traveler is an award-winning podcast, with over 400+ episodes!
Jump with Traveling Jackie with Jackie
Jackie has been on the podcast scene for a long time. Many of her fans rave about her insanely practical budget tips.
She also discusses ethical and sustainable travel, whilst giving practical tips like packing, informative guides before embarking on your trip and more
Zero to Travel Podcast
Zero to Travel Podcast episodes bring in a range of resources and tools to travel easily. Each podcast interview highlights inspiring travelers who provide actionable advice and tips for travel planning.
If you want wanderlust stories and a push to carve your own journey, this is the place to head to for inspiration!
World Wide Honeymoon Travel Podcast
Co-hosted by a travel couple – Kat & Chris – the World Wide Honeymoon Travel Podcast is more than just couples travel.
Of course, they include couples travel, but their podcast episodes also highlight essential tips like traveling light with a carry-on, picking the right destination, itineraries and more.
Travelogue podcast with Condé Nast Traveler
Condé Nast Traveler’s Travelogue aired for 3 years (no longer producing new content) and inspired travel addicts from all spheres of life. This was the first podcast in travel that I listened to, and was hooked!
Anything and everything travel related – from destination guides to tips, planning hacks and packing – the Travelogue Podcast had it all!
Women who travel with Condé Nast Traveler
Condé Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey host the Women who travel podcasts who recently completed 100+ episodes.
In their podcast episodes, they discuss everything about female travel and issues that impact traveling women today. Their stories will spark that wanderlust feeling – you will never want to stay at home, when you hear them – they just infuse a sense of fearlessness in their travel stories.
Indie Travel Podcast with Craig and Linda
Craig and Linda host the amazing Indie Travel Podcast. Their travel story is so inspirational – they have been on the road since 2006.
They began their journey, like any other travel enthusiasts, working after University, saving every bit for travel. Today their podcast episodes will take you to amazing destinations, provide you with essential tips like insurance, traveler safety, and budget.
Listen to their latest episode here
We hope you enjoyed our list of best podcasts for travel. If we missed any or if you have an absolute favorite, let us know in the comments below!
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