You could be a frequent flyer, a travel daydreamer, or in the pre-planning stages of a major trip… either way, you’ll be hungry for knowledge of these destinations, but sitting down to old-fashioned research as we manoeuvre a busy calendar is a luxury these days. We like how podcasts, which can be described as a cross between a blog and radio, goes a long way in keeping us updated and informed with travel topics and itineraries as we go about our day. Podcasts are downloadable and mostly free, so you can always play them later on or save them for replay. They also make good company during commutes or while you’re on the plane, too. In short, they are every traveller or daydreamer’s answer to planning a perfect trip. Here are some podcasters we recommend you to tune into right now.
Bare Foot Journal
In 2012, Graham Brown gave up the stability of a permanent home and secure job to start a new life in New Zealand, but in a turn of events, ended up as a nomad, living in multiple countries from California to Cyprus, from Okinawa to Spain, with his wife and son. The family’s collective restlessness keeps them on the road at least every few months, and Graham’s passion for running businesses independently from Asia, America, Europe and Australasia enriches his podcasts of travel and lifestyle with entrepreneurial topics. We particularly commend the interviews with likeminded nomads and their approach to work and play in new environments.
Access the podcast: barefootjournal.com/
It’s safe to say that visiting Europe is on almost every bucket list and there’s no better way to familiarise with it than with America’s most respected figurehead of European travel, Rick Steves. Rick first set foot in Europe in 1969 while on a trip to piano factories and that triggered his solo European tours, supported from funds made as a piano teacher. Today, he owns ‘Rick Steve’s Europe’ and has produced more than 50 guidebooks on traveling in Europe, as well as hosted some of America’s most famous travel series. His website offers an extensive list of audio walking tours, traveling in America and Europe, an extensive guide through attractions in various countries, and much more.
Access the podcast: ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/podcasts
Zero To Travel
When embarking on any journey, travellers are always in search of answers, and it doesn’t hurt when advice is available in the form podcasts. Jason of Zero To Travel does his part in helping a community of ‘wanderers’ navigate their way around the world with useful hacks, best-of guides, top eating spots in various locations, budget travels as well as interviews with other inspiring travellers. There’s a topic for every type of voyager, so scroll through his podcast list whenever you need a pep talk.
Access the podcast: zerototravel.com/listen-to-podcasts/
Extra Packet Of Nuts
This traveling couple advocates the lifestyle of traveling the world on a super-restricted budget, and survived to tell their tale. From traveling with Frequent Flyer Miles to cutting down accommodation costs, and which airline to avoid for high fuel surcharges, you’re more than well equipped for an affordable holiday, thanks to Travis and Heather. Not only do they dispense useful travel hacks, they also speak to fellow budget travellers and compile various recommendation listings.
Access the podcasts: http://www.extrapackofpeanuts.com/show/page/2/
Daily Travel Podcast
If your love for podcasts finds that you’re quickly running out of items for your playlist, you’ll love the daily uploads this channel has to offer. Here you can get a shot of inspiring travel stories, insightful hacks and delightful deals from fellow explorers, to ensure you are well outfitted and entertained at any time of the day, and regardless of whether you’re on the road or in the comfort of your daily routine.
Access the podcasts: dailytravelpodcast.com/episodes/
Travel Freedom Podcast
The plunge into taking a long trip with a constrained budget might need a little encouragement, and the duo behind this podcast are keen to cheer you on. Tommo and Megsy have been traveling the world full time since April 2013 on an average budget of USD 22 each daily. Their aim is to “live free travel more and discover travel freedom” and they have done so in over 80 countries. The couple has also and dove headfirst into a myriad of once-in-a-lifetime activities around the world, and along the way, learned techniques on making money through their website to fund their trips.
Access the podcast: travelfreedompodcast.com/podcasts-home/
The World Wanderers
In 2011, two fresh graduates set out on their first major trip together, which went on to a whirlwind experience of globetrotting from Western Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and on to New Zealand. For two years after that, Ryan and Amanda joined the rat race, which only fed the urge to travel more than ever. In 2014, the couple left that all behind nd embarked on a new adventure to South America where they spent six months exploring and soul-searching, and that’s how The World Wanderers travel podcast was conceived. The topics range from practical travel tips to philosophical discussions, and of course their recommendations and observations of new places to help listeners navigate better on their same route.
Access the podcast: theworldwanderers.com/
Indie Travel Podcast
For sound and solid advice, we turn to Craig and Linda Martin of award-winning Indie Travel Podcast. The couple assure you that traveling full time, independently and debtlessly is achievable, and share with listeners some valuable lessons that can only be picked up while on the road. Aside from that, the podcast compiles stories from a diverse set of people away from home, including expats, digital nomads and backpackers, with wisdom on making the most while dwelling in different continents of the world.
Access the podcast: indietravelpodcast.com/travelpodcasts/