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10 awesome travel podcasts that you should listen to right now

written by Intrepid Travel September 2, 2018
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The world is divided into those obsessed by podcasts, and those who will one day become obsessed with podcasts. 

Catering to lovers of themed storytelling, true crime accounts and creepy cults, podcasts are also a great asset for travellers. Long haul flights, airport delays, overnight sleeper trains or pre-trip research – all good times to chuck in the earbuds, kick back and soak up some travel wisdom. And these are the places to do it:

1. Flight of Fancy

Hosted by travel journo Ben Groundwater, Flight of Fancy offers 30-minute episodes on just about everything you could want to hear in a travel podcast. Each week he interviews travel professionals on topics like terrifying border crossings, cliched travel experiences (that are still totally worth doing), and how travel can mend a broken heart.

2. The Budget-Minded Traveler

The Budget-Minded Traveler offers listeners destination inspiration and practical tips to get their travel goals off the ground, without blowing their whole budget. Hosted by Jackie Nourse, each episode interviews guests about their super-interesting travel experiences.

Girl getting off a bus in Thailand

Photo by Damien Raggatt

3. The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Listening to The Thoughtful Travel Podcast feels like sitting down with a bunch of friends and sharing your best (and hairiest) travel stories. Amanda interviews fellow travel addicts about their travel experiences, like getting lost, navigating different cultures, and meeting the locals. Definitely well worth a subscribe.

4. Women Who Travel

Hosted by the editors of Conde Nast Traveler, Women Who Travel is a high-five to globe-trotting women around the world, and deep dives into what it’s like travelling as a woman. It started out as a Facebook group, where women could share stories, advice and ask questions, but quickly grew into a fortnightly podcast about the highs (and lows) of travel. It’s fun and informative, and covers a HUGE range of topics.

5. Wild Ideas Worth Living

If there was ever a podcast that’ll make you want to hand in your notice, book a flight, and get out into the world, it’s Wild Ideas Worth Living. This is all about having a wild idea, and acting on it; each episode feature interviews with various excellent legends, like pro-climbers, ultra-marathoners, authors and photographers.

A young woman taking a photo in Egypt

Photo by Patrick O’Neill.

6. Indie Travel Podcast

For everyone who’s ever wanted to learn how to travel full time (and, more importantly, debt free), this podcast is a godsend. Linda and Craig from The Indie Travel Podcast have been going strong on the road since 2006, and their show features heaps of cool interviews with experts, plus tips on how to budget on your travels. Win.

7. Zero to Travel

If your ears are after something a bit more esoteric, Jason from Zero to Travel regularly digs down into what travel is, why we do it, and how we can do it better. Throw in a few tips on off-beat travel methods and episodes devoted to answering listener questions and you’ve got an inspiring mix for the train commute home.

8. Amateur Traveler

Amateur Traveler is all about destinations, which makes it pretty handy for those suffering from the travel version of Kid-in-a-Candy-Store Syndrome. Chris started the show in 2005 and he’s racked up an amazing database of over 600 episodes, all chock-full of useful info on a particular spot.

9. Extra pack of peanuts

Another good one for those on a shoestring budget (whatever that means – are shoestrings the only thing you can afford?) Travis, who hosts Extra Pack of Peanuts, interviews travellers, bloggers and entrepreneurs to find out how to get around for cheap.

A group of travellers jumping in the middle of the road on Route 66.

Photo by Phoebe Escott-Kenny.

10. This week in travel

This Week in Travel keeps up with all the industry gossip and news, via a weekly chat with travel industry heavyweights. If you want to keep your finger on the travel pulse, tune in to Chris, Gary and Jen as they chew the fat on what’s going on in the world of adventure and travel trends.

Now you’ve got the podcasts, it’s time to book the trip! Check out our range of small group adventures now

Feature image by Melanie Pongratz on Unsplash.

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19 comments

Emma Brassfield August 24, 2020 - 3:24 am

Loving these podcasts! If you’d like to have another on your list – you should check out http://www.tripreportpodcast.com its a fairly new podcast, interviewing recent (or currently in the last year) travellers about their amazing trips. Going through everything from how and why they booked to all the highs and lows to bring you lots of tips and tricks. Hope you love it!

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Neal Veglio August 23, 2020 - 10:18 pm

Fantastic podcasts there. I can also recommend “Real Adventures” the current series of The Marie Rowe Travel Show – https://marierowetravel.blog/marie-rowe-travel-show-podcast/

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Alan Klucka August 19, 2020 - 5:25 am

Nice list for avid travelers, thanks. I was never too much into podcasts but travel podcasts are something different.

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Kit Parks April 21, 2020 - 5:47 am

When you next update your list, I would love for you to consider my Active Travel Adventures podcast where I encourage folks to hike, bike and/or paddle to make a more exciting and immersive vacation. Each episode features an incredible multi-day adventures around the world that a regular fit person can do, especially if they train.

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Emily March 4, 2020 - 6:32 am

Definitely add Alpaca My Bags to this list. It’s a travel podcast with a unique angle: they explore how to travel with social awareness and responsibility in mind. Super informative but also hilarious.

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Jarika Johnson March 23, 2020 - 9:41 am

I would consider adding “Blackpacking” podcast to this top 10 list. This show provides the audience with travel stories from the perspective of people of color. It interviews black travel bloggers, photographers, and expats.

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Brittanie Harbick February 6, 2020 - 5:27 am

Another great travel podcast is Travel Squad Podcast. As a cohost of the podcast I am proud that we cover a diversity of topics. We discuss international travel destinations, nation parks, road trips, answer travel related questions and so much more! Check us out!

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Brighde Reed February 3, 2020 - 2:15 pm

I’m a former Intrepid Tour Leader and I also have a podcast! 🙂 It’s called the World Vegan Travel podcast! Obviously it is travel through a vegan lens, but there are some episodes that will be interesting for everyone!

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Alexa Meisler November 30, 2019 - 7:05 am Reply
Kimberly Deese October 22, 2019 - 12:12 pm

Love this list, so many good podcasts on here! We just started our own travel podcast called Travel Squad Podcast. It’s three girls and one guy who have gone on so many “travel squad” trips together – international, tours, domestic, and road trips – we’ve done it all! If you ever update this list, we would love to be included!

https://travelsquadpodcast.com/episode-guide

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Mark Philpott October 4, 2019 - 11:22 am

Came across another fantastic travel podcast called the Global Travel Channel it’s pretty new but has some awesome inspiring guests.

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Gigi Williams September 24, 2019 - 8:23 am

Here’s a new one to check out. “Not so Bon Voyage” It’s about when things don’t go as planned while traveling. Funny and entertaining hosts Jules and Christine from Don’t Forget to Move. They’ve won awards for their blog and tell interesting, crazy and sometimes sad stories about other people’s travel disasters. They each tell a story that they other has not heard yet. Very spontaneous and witty and fun to listen to. Hopefully they make your list soon!

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Jackie June 4, 2019 - 4:25 am

Thank you so much for the feature! <3 Jackie

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Alex of Wanderlust Marriage April 17, 2019 - 8:16 am

Great list of podcasts covering several categories! I’ll check these out!

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All Over the Place Podcast April 7, 2019 - 2:50 am

Travelers who also love books and to read about travel should check out the podcast “All Over the Place with Jeremy Bassetti.” We have been interviewing writers, photographers, and other creative people who explore and create.

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Johann March 28, 2019 - 3:48 am

Great list! One of my favorites is Untranslatable Podcast. They talk a lot about tavel and language

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Kit Parks January 15, 2019 - 1:38 am

Adventurous folks may want to consider the Active Travel Adventure podcast. On this show, I inspire and empower folks to live a bigger life through adventure travel. On every episode, you explore the world by biking, hiking or paddling as a way to get up close and personal with the culture you’re exploring. It’ll give you the confidence to step outside your comfort zone and take your own Intrepid Travel adventure!

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Eric Wilson January 8, 2019 - 6:21 am

The travel pdcasts you have shared are really informative to understand all about the tour themes.

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Astrid R. Clements January 2, 2019 - 10:34 am

Hi! My name is Astrid Clements. I have a podcast, Solo Travel Talk, that airs weekly every Thursday. The focus of the podcast is affordable luxury ideas for the solo traveler. Recently, the show released its 100th episode. Over the 2 year period the show has been live, I have had over 37,000 downloads. In addition, I have a website, Astrid Solo Travel Advisor, which also focuses on affordable luxury ideas for the solo traveler. I would appreciate it if you would check out Solo Travel Talk and consider adding it to your list. Sincerely, Astrid R. Clements

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