Seven travel podcasts to help you escape self isolation

Travelling Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 02 April 2020

Explore the world from your living room with these awe-inspiring travel podcasts.

With closed borders and cancelled flights the new normal, holidays are being scrapped and dream trips put on hold. However, thanks to the world of podcasting, you can feed that travel bug from the comfort of your living room. (While you're there, these are some of the best podcasts on sustainability.)

From learning about local lifestyles around the world to figuring out how to travel on a budget, travel podcasts are bursting with inspiration. Here are seven travel podcasts to let you explore the world from your couch.

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Seven travel podcasts to listen to during self isolation

Women Who Travel

Hosted by two Conde Nast Traveler editors, Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey, Women Who Travel is a podcast centred on the experience of travelling the world as a woman. The pair tackle topics like solo travel, all-women tour group and how travelling can influence your confidence, as well as in-depth interviews with photojournalists, travel writers and female travel company CEOs.

Episode recommendation: I travelled around the world because of a DNA test

Zero to Travel

Produced by digital nomad Jason Moore, the Zero to Travel podcast is all about encouraging listeners to get out and explore the world, peppered with tricks to turn your travel bug into a career. In each episode Jason sits down with fellow fulltime travellers to chat about living and working overseas, getting off the beaten path and where to head to next.

Episode recommendation: Life as an experiment, with Jason Robinson

Flight of Fancy

If you’re after a podcast that will give you all the insider knowledge, it doesn’t get much better than Flight of Fancy, hosted by award-winning travel journalist Ben Groundwater. Having explored more than 80 countries, he’s got some tips.

Episodes range from tips on getting through the airport and what to pack, to sustainable tourism and the most opulent travel trends just taking off. 

Episode recommendation: Things that surprise first-time visitors to Antarctica. 

Not So Bon Voyage 

Another offering from curious travellers-turned-digital nomads, Not So Bon Voyage is all about sharing the travel experiences that didn’t quite go to plan. Hosted by the folks behind popular travel blog Don't Forget To Move, this is less how to have an insta-worthy trip, more bed bugs, missed flights and sleep walkers in your hostel dorm. After all, sometimes the best trips are the ones that don’t follow a plan.

Episode recommendation: Creepy Cuban hospitals and the erupting volcano

Taste Trekkers’ Find Dining 

For a change of pace, settle in for the Taste Trekkers podcast. Rather than focusing on the big attractions, this podcast is all about exploring the dining scene around the world, based on interviews with local culinary experts. 

Learn about Cajun food in Louisiana or the difference between Bolivian and Peruvian food as you figure out which dish to try and cook first.

Episode recommendation: Israel

Out Travel the System 

The folks at Expedia have turned all their industry knowledge into a podcast for your eager ears with Out Travel the System. Light and engaging, expect content ranging from who you should travel with based on your star sign to the best time to book your trips for good deals, all guided by host Nisreene Atassi and industry insiders.

Episode recommendation: Ecotourism and future travel trends

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Hosted by Aussie traveller Amanda Kendle, The Thoughtful Travel Podcast wants to teach you to embrace all parts of travelling – getting lost, exploring new cultures and trying out foreign languages, while being a responsible traveler. The episodes take guests all around the world but don’t forget about all that Australia has to offer either, for those looking forward to exploring our own backyard.

Episode recommendation: Australian tourism after the bushfires

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