There are many types of travel content you can find online when you’re researching a future travel destination, from blogs to YouTube videos. Researching ahead of time can save you a lot of frustration, not to mention give you some added insight that may not be outlined in an itinerary or could be overlooked.
Podcasts are increasingly popular because they allow you to get the information that you need without having to sit down and read or watch a video. Also, it’s easy to listen to a podcast when you’re cooking dinner or driving in the car. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best podcasts to listen to as you plan your next getaway.
Zero to Travel
Jason Moore gives listeners a window into his love of traveling with his podcast Zero to Travel. This podcast often features guests who have been on quirky yet interesting expeditions, such as traveling across America on foot.
In listening to this podcast you’ll get advice on budgeting, safety tips, and supplementing your income if your trip happens to run longer than you intended. Some of the most popular episodes include “How to Take ‘Big Leaps’ So You Can Travel” and “How to Overcome Travel Anxiety and Fear of Flying,” as well as “Ireland: Travel, Music, and History,” which features world traveler and tour guide Garvan Rushe.
The Zero to Travel podcast is available on major podcasting platforms like Stitcher, Spotify, and iTunes.
Extra Pack of Peanuts
The Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast, hosted by Travis and Heather Sherry, offers advice on how to save money while traveling and often features guests who are experts on treating yourself during a vacation without wrecking your budget.
Not only do these episodes give you tips on how to save, but between the information that podcast guests provide and the expertise of the hosts, you’ll also gain knowledge of different destinations. From “The Best Of” series, where Travis and Sherry cover their favorite activity, destination, or food, to episodes like “How to Buy a Campervan in New Zealand,” there’s something for everyone.
In addition to an impressive library of podcast episodes, the Extra Pack of Peanuts website also offers a range of courses to help travelers get the most out of their trips and plan their lives around travel. Courses include:
- Frequent Flyer Bootcamp: A bootcamp-style course that teaches participants how to buy flights for less than $100 as well as other money-saving techniques used by seasoned frequent flyers.
- Credit Card HQ: Travel enthusiasts receive information on travel credit cards and how to make the most of their travel rewards.
Jackie Nourse, the host of the podcast JUMP, is also the creator of the popular travel blog The Budget-Minded Traveler. As a travel enthusiast, her main goal is to inspire Americans to travel overseas. The information and experience that she offers can give aspiring world travelers the push they need to get going.
Jackie expands her reach by running retreats for her supporters and creating mentorship programs specifically for women. She has also been featured on numerous guest blogs and in national publications, such as Forbes and Self.
Some recent episodes on her podcast include “Open Mic with Jackie – On Loneliness and Courage in Rough Times,” “The Power of Connecting Offline through Travel,” and “Achieving Location Independence to Travel via Stock Market Trading.” A monthly podcast, JUMP is available on most major podcasting platforms, including iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Player FM.
Women on the Road
Written travel interviews by avid travelers Gale Straub and Laura Hughes eventually evolved into the weekly Women on the Road podcast, launched in 2017. In addition to the podcast, the Women on the Road website also features an informative travel blog.
The main focus of this podcast is to dive into the world of female travelers. What distinguishes this podcast from others is that these women also share information on surprise events and mistakes to avoid during road travel. Gale and Laura give listeners insight on what to expect on the road with helpful tips for both experienced and new travelers.
Recent episodes include “Pushing Through,” which follows traveler Becca Foss and her journey after losing her husband. This episode focuses on ways to challenge yourself no matter what the situation. Meanwhile, “COVID-19 and Travel” explores how the global pandemic is affecting travel plans. In this episode, healthcare experts Emily Scott and Kate Pifer emphasize the importance of perspective during such a trying time.
Travel Podcasts Are a Welcome Distraction
Listening to travel podcasts can provide you with crucial information and even newfound inspiration no matter where you are. Travel podcasts are becoming an ever-popular form of vacation research, with both novice and experienced travelers using them to gain a fresh perspective and plan exciting trips well into the future.