Eight best travel podcasts for 2019


Lisa Francesca Nand By Lisa Francesca Nand

Once upon a time we were told that video was the future for online travel inspiration, but few predicted the rise and rise of the travel podcast. More than 40 million people listen to podcasts every week in the US alone, a number that’s growing daily.

The success of audio lies partly in its convenience. It’s easy to pop on your headphones and listen while you’re out and about, waiting at an airport or doing chores around the house. Podcasts have the power to transport you to lands far and wide, to educate, to inspire and to entertain, from the daily commute to the longest journey.

I’ve trawled the audiosphere for the most inspirational and unmissable travel podcasts. So all you have to do is click play, sit back and let the experts do the talking.


1. What the Pho

Nick and Amy from Essex are intrepid explorers, hosting a radio-style travel show with games, features, music and fun facts about the many destinations they visit. They’re currently on a round the world trip and taking listeners along for the ride, exploring Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey and Portugal, South and Central America, starting in Brazil and finishing in Mexico. Along the way they interview the locals and soak up the real flavours of a destination in this infectiously fun travel podcast.


2. Workationing

Have you ever fancied becoming a digital nomad? The idea of giving it all up and being able to travel full-time and earn a living from it is one that’s increasingly attractive for people of all ages, but especially the Instagram generation. The Workationing podcast follows Kari DePhillips and Kelly Chase, digital nomads, best friends and marketing pros as they travel the world. Through in-depth conversations about how the pros and cons of travelling full-time and explorations of topics such as ‘living intentionally’, ‘getting unstuck’ and even about dating in your 30s, this is much more than travel.


3. e-travels with e. trules

Artist and writer Eric Trules, with his evocatively deep New York drawl, narrates a story like the start of your new favourite movie – a warm and quirky tale about an ageing bohemian artist in Brooklyn – whether he’s describing New York in the wild-east 70s or the hipsterfication of his now home in LA’s Echo Park. This former dancer, performer, theatre director, poet and documentary maker has travelled all over “our beautiful and problematic planet” for decades and met his Indonesian wife in Bali. With original music and immersive sound design, this podcast is a beautiful listen.


4. The Postcard Academy

Sarah Mikutel, an American living in Europe, has the most delicious voice and every week shares inspired food and culture advice from women who packed up everything to start a new adventure overseas. If you’re the type of traveller who loves to get off the beaten path the Postcard Academy podcast is for you. There’s insider travel recommendations on the best food and cultural experiences in the most interesting places around the globe as well as personal expat stories and guidance on how to live, work, volunteer, and travel abroad.


5. The Thought Card Podcast

With all this travel inspiration, we need a way to pay for it, right? The Thought Card is a podcast for financially savvy travellers; empowering people to make informed financial decisions – travel more, “pay off debt and build wealth’” Its host, New Yorker Danielle Des, has travelled the world and climbed the corporate ladder as well as paying off all her debt and buying a house by age 27. She tackles financial issues head on whilst creatively saving money for your next travels.


6. Experiences You Should Have

Fancy swimming with great white sharks, skydiving on Everest or wreck diving in Vanatu? Gail Lovelace Menaso is a former skydiver who focuses on experiences we can have all over the world giving an entertaining insight into what they feel like and also practical tips on how we can follow in her footsteps and those of the other people she chats to about their incredible experiences all over the world.


7. Girls That Travel

One of the biggest recent trends in travel is the rise in solo female travellers and Gemma Thompson from Durham has been solo travelling since she first left home. She’s backpacked all around the world and her podcast answers essential questions about the practicalities, safety and tips for everything from where to sit on a plane to what destinations are the best for solo travel for both men and women with real life reports from on-the-road. She includes great hacks to get a more authentic experience, discover local gems and save money along the way.


8. The Big Travel Podcast

I couldn’t exclude my own travel interview podcast which has listeners in more than 98 countries worldwide including 48 US states. The Big Travel Podcast explores life-stories through travel with a diverse array of characters from the well-known (Jane Garvey, Edith Bowman, Giles Coren, Eamonn Holmes and Kirsty Wark) to the most intrepid of adventurers, mountaineers, explorers, journalists, politicians, athletes and ordinary people taking extraordinary journeys.


About the author

Lisa Francesca Nand is a travel journalist and founder and presenter of The Big Travel Podcast.