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7 Travel Podcasts To Spark Your Wanderlust

Stock up on inspiration while you're stuck at home.

While you're at home—cooking, cleaning, taking your daily social distancing walk, cleaning some more—why not tune into a new travel podcast? With hundreds of thousands of options, it's hard to know where to start, so we rounded up seven of our favorites.

1. The Offbeat Life

Hosted by Debbie Arcangeles, a long-time photojournalist and avid traveler, The Offbeat Life interviews individuals who have eschewed the "norm" in order to become location-independent. The thread running through every episode is a focus on creating income from entrepreneurial passion while working remotely. Guests include Berna Anat, a former Instagram employee-turned-remote financial literacy guru, and Liam Martin, co-founder of staff.com and timedoctor.com who specializes in remote long-term employee management and shares tips for how to help others become more efficient while working online. There are even episodes that cover contracting tips for creatives partnering with companies.

2. This Week In Travel

This Week In Travel is a roundtable discussion with change-makers in the travel industry, including regulars Gary Arndt (blogger behind Everything-Everywhere.com), Jen Leo (former L.A. Times travel writer), and Chris Christensen (blogger and podcaster behind Amateur Traveler.com). The focus is on news and trends within the industry, including episodes on language learning, the world's cheapest destinations, and life as an expat.

3. Women Who Travel

Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey, both editors at Condé Nast Traveler, are behind the hit podcast, Women Who Travel which, as its name suggests, explores the realities of traveling as a woman today. Guests include full-time travel writer Sarah Khan, who discusses life on the road and how she got her start in the industry, and Jessica Nabongo, founder of the boutique travel company, Jet Black, who became the first black woman to visit every country in the world in 2019. Arikoglu and Carey even have an episode with Samin Nosrat, the author of the wildly popular cookbook (and adopted Netflix series), Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, to talk about how growing up eating Iranian food informed her own cooking.

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4. Zero To Travel Podcast

Whether you're a travel novice, a seasoned adventurer, or somewhere in between, host Jason Moore (a 15+ year veteran of the travel industry) of Zero To Travel Podcast can equip you with the knowledge, accessible tools, and actionable tips you need to travel the world for as long as you'd like, on your terms, and all while spending less money. Topics include: starting and running an online business from anywhere, budget travel strategies, benefits of a four-hour work week, how to overcome travel anxiety and fear of flying, top 10 reasons to love living abroad, and more.

5. Skift Podcast

Like This Week In Travel, Skift focuses on insights into the travel industry and traveler habits from the perspective of creatives, executives, and entrepreneurs. Seth Kaplan, editor of a 14-year-old travel newsletter, Airline Weekly, discusses the next big challenge for low-cost airlines: how to make long-haul flights make money. And then there's Skift senior research analyst Seth Borko, who dives into Amazon's history in travel and how the retail giant is poised to make a big impact in the future of the sector. Skift Hospitality Editor Deanna Ting explains the threat that Airbnb poses to traditional hotel companies and booking sites, and Tina Edmundson, global brand officer for Marriott International, reveals how the role of luxury is changing, why the hotel giant is dabbling in home sharing, and how their approach to hospitality is shifting to tailor to millennials.

6. The Extra Pack Of Peanuts

The Extra Pack Of Peanuts is hosted by Travis Sherry, a serial entrepreneur and world traveler who dishes out advice on how to travel more without breaking the bank. In addition to discussing cost-saving strategies (e.g. how to use frequent flyer miles to your advantage and ways to score cheap hotels), Sherry also highlights specific destinations, revealing what it's really like to live in and explore everywhere from India to Paris.

7. Travel Tales

Comedian and TV host Mike Siegel is the man behind this lighthearted travel podcast where everyone from comedians to actors, writers to travel professionals bond over the shared joys and nightmares of travel. Past guests have included Sarah Mikutel of postcardAcademy.co, who moved to Italy on the advice of a stranger on the internet and managed to fast-track her Italian citizenship in two months, and Rachel Story of GratefulGypsies.com, who has lived in China, Indonesia, and Mexico. Siegel also puts out occasional "Throwdown Showdown" episodes where he pits two cities/countries against each other...Austin vs Nashville, Ireland vs Scotland, etc.


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