As the holiday season approaches, many of us will be hitting the road to spend time with family—or to change up our scenery after months of being cooped up. For a little on-road entertainment, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite travel podcasts to listen to while you dream of the places you’ll go as the world gradually becomes more accessible.
Working to inspire older professionals to travel with passion and purpose, Nubia Younge and Frantzces Lys have found a way to spread that message through their introspective interviews with travelers—many of them women—from all walks of life. Some left more traditional careers for time on the road, like this episode featuring a couple who quit their jobs to make a life-changing journey through Southeast Asia that’ll have you wanting to follow in their footsteps.
Travel with Rick Steves
We’d be remiss not to include Rick Steves, one of the world’s most celebrated travel experts. With TV shows, books, guides, his travel tips come to life within his colorful storytelling. On his podcasts, he interviews locals and paints a unique picture of global destinations. His Villages of Tuscany episode, for example, unpacks horse racing rivalries and the intricacies of cuisine in many towns where you’ll find Inspirato villas.
The Travel Diaries
Travel journalist Holly Rubenstein chats with special guests about the travel experiences that have shaped their lives and their adventures around the world in this podcast. Listen to a standout interview with Melinda Stevens, the global editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler, as she dives into her love for exploring the world and sharing that passion with others.
Let’s Go Together
Reminders that we’re all in this together have been a helpful sanity check throughout 2020, and that’s the driving sentiment behind Travel + Leisure’s new podcast. You’ll hear from diverse voices throughout the travel industry, like a quadriplegic who climbed Machu Picchu and plus-size travelers who overcome the challenges they’ve faced abroad. They’re hosted by Kellee Edwards, a licensed pilot, TV host, and scuba diver who’s visited more than 50 countries.
Zero to Travel
This podcast, geared toward long-term escapes and life-changing trips, will fuel your wanderlust. Host Jason Moore interviews guests over a beer, offering a laid-back setting for them to rehash their unique trips. This episode covers incredible stories from Gunnar Garfors, a Norwegian author and the only person to travel to every country in the world at least twice.