These travel podcasts will both inform and inspire.

By Evie Carrick
Updated September 24, 2020
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There’s a lot to know about travel, from finding the best-priced plane tickets to packing like a pro to optimizing every vacation day. But with busy schedules, it can be hard to find the time to stay up to date on the ins and outs of everything. That’s where podcasts come in. With the help of a good travel podcast, you can nail down those travel hacks, discover your next bucket-list destination, or daydream about future trips, whether you tune in while doing household chores, driving in the car, or even during an evening jog.

In addition to providing helpful tips and advice, these travel podcasts will transport you away from your current reality to a world of exploration and adventure. You’ll hear from folks who quit their jobs to explore the world full-time and other inspiring individuals, who are breaking barriers and stereotypes when it comes to travel. We’ve done the research and found the best travel podcasts, so all you have to do is subscribe and prepare to be inspired.

Let’s Go Together

Travel + Leisure’s podcast, Let's Go Together, celebrates diversity in travel. Launched in June, the episodes have featured guests including a quadriplegic who climbed Machu Picchu, the first documented Black woman to travel every country in the world, a gay couple who gave up city living for a life of exploring national parks in a 26-foot RV, and many more. The host, Kellee Edwards, is inspiring herself, as an award-winning travel expert, licensed pilot, scuba diver, television host, and adventurer who has visited more than 50 countries

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Chronicles Abroad

In this podcast, you’ll hear from Nubia Younge and Frantzces Lys, two women who bucked societal norms, packed a suitcase, and headed out to see the world. Their mission is to inspire professionals to travel with passion and purpose — a message that reaches listeners in 94 countries.

Out Travel the System

Planning a complicated bucket-list trip? Booking a short weekend jaunt? Either way, let host Nisreene Atassi help you navigate it all in Expedia’s podcast, Out Travel the System, which offers tips and tricks for all aspects of travel. And we mean all — each episode dives deep into a topic, from the intersection of travel and astrology to the best time to book a vacation.

Women on the Road

The #vanlife lifestyle isn’t just for climber dudes or two-kid, one-dog families. Women on the Road delves into the life of solo, female van travelers who have chosen freedom and the nomadic lifestyle. Alongside host Laura Hughes, you’ll hear from fearless women in various stages of life on the road and see first-hand how they make it work.

Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast

Buying plane tickets with miles, never checking a bag, and yes, squirreling away an extra pack of peanuts is part of traveling on a budget. If you love to save a buck (and really, who doesn’t?), tune into Extra Pack of Peanuts, where Travis Sherry interviews nomads, bloggers, and entrepreneurs who will inspire you to set out on your own affordable adventures.

Wild Ideas Worth Living

This REI podcast is hosted by journalist Shelby Stanger and features conversations with people who opted to take the path less traveled and managed to bring their wildest ideas, goals, and passions to life. On Wild Ideas Worth Living, you’ll hear from athletes like Alex Honnold, environmentalists like Helen Lowman, and everyone in between.

Zero to Travel

In this podcast, Jason Moore and his interviewees dig into the big questions surrounding travel — why we do it, how we can do it better — and some of the feelings it can bring up. In each episode, listeners will hear actionable advice to help you travel better and smarter.

Amateur Traveler

If you’ve got a specific destination in mind, this is the podcast for you. In each episode, host Chris Christensen will guide you through a destination, providing a one-week itinerary of what to see, do, and eat. Thanks to the podcast’s longevity (it started in 2005), Amateur Traveler has over 600 episodes and destinations waiting to be discovered.

Travel With Rick Steves

Rick Steves is often thought to be the godfather of travel. The American travel writer, author, and television personality has extensively covered worldwide travel, often encouraging devotees to explore less touristy destinations and sights in order to experience a country’s true culture. In this weekly podcast, Rick chats with guest experts and callers about culture, people, and all things travel.

JUMP Podcast

Looking for a hefty dose of inspiration? Well, that’s Jackie Nourse’s specialty. The active, adventure-loving host is all about motivating her listeners to get out and see the world. You’ll get plenty of travel advice and are practically guaranteed to finish each episode inspired — and one step closer to taking the leap.

Indie Travel Podcast

This long-running podcast is all about giving listeners boots-on-the-ground advice and information. From how to choose your next travel destination to what to pack in your carry-on, your hosts, Craig and Linda, have you covered.

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

There’s nothing like a well-told travel story. Tuning into The Thoughtful Travel Podcast feels like sitting in a room of well-traveled friends as they recount their funniest and hairiest travel stories. Host Amanda Kendle interviews her fellow travel addicts about their travel experiences and digs up some of their best stories.

Flight of Fancy

Travel journalist Ben Groundwater guides listeners through the world of travel in his podcast Flight of Fancy. In each episode, he interviews travel professionals or offers helpful travel tips, like how to travel without ruining the world and what to do when something goes wrong.

The Offbeat Life

If you’ve ever fantasized about leaving your nine-to-five and living life on the road, you’ll probably want to listen to this podcast. Host Debbie Arcangeles keeps listeners inspired with interviews with other travelers who’ve figured out how to make a living while traveling the world.