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In an ideal world, we would have endless vacations days and the unlimited funds to grant us the luxury of being able to pick up and wander off to a new, wildly exciting destination at the drop of a hat.
This, however, is real life, and travel often takes time, careful planning and typically, lots of saving. But while you’re accruing enough points and miles to fund your dream trip to Madagascar or fly in a Singapore Suite, you can still make travel part of your daily life.
Travel podcasts are a great way to develop your travel expertise and satisfy your wanderlust no matter where you are in the world (or how deep your stash of points runs). You can plug in at anytime for great travel advice and inspiration from industry experts and adventurers.
Of course, there are TPG’s new podcasts. Travelers can tune in to Talking Points every Tuesday, where host Brian Kelly, The Points Guy himself, chats with industry CEOs, CMOs and other executives from the points-and-miles world, followed by discussions with TPG experts. And on Wednesdays, there’s Miles Away, which features exciting destinations and how to get there on points and miles, hosted by editor-at-large Zach Honig.
But if your still craving travel tales of after you catch up with TPG podcasts, we’ve rounded up a handful of podcasts from the genre that are firing on all cylinders. From in-depth theme park ride reviews to tips for quitting your job to travel the world full-time, the travel podcast space truly has something for everyone.
While this podcast isn’t necessarily meant exclusively for women, it’s hosted by the women of Condé Nast Traveler, and many of the topics discussed revolve around the female travel experience. Listeners can expect to hear tips, interviews and lively debates over the course of eight episodes ranging from the safest places for women to travel, to which women are changing the travel industry and why they deserve to be celebrated.
For travelers who are dying for their next big turn on a thrill ride, you’re in luck, because the Season Pass podcast will teach you everything there is to know about theme park travel. Join hosts, theme park enthusiasts and industry experts Doug Barnes, Brent Young and Robert Corker as they conduct interviews; review different rides and parks; and offer industry insight and travel tips to help you have your best amusement park vacation ever.
Do you ever think about quitting your job and just hitting the road? Well, that’s what the mastermind Kiwi couple behind Indie Travel Podcast did over a decade ago. You can tune in to hear about their adventures, as well as their tips and tricks for living (and working) around the globe — in their words, “traveling independently, full-time and debt-free.” Sweet travel advice, indeed.
From Roads & Kingdoms — the online travel journal for which the late Anthony Bourdain was a partner and investor — comes a relatively new travel podcast that explores destinations through drinking. Follow host Nathan Thornburgh as he drinks smoked apple cider and caraway spirits in Russia with a legendary bar owner; shares afternoon gin and elderflower cocktails with an acclaimed Irish chef; and sips Japanese energy drinks with television host and comedian W. Kamau Bell.
Self-described as “a grassroots podcast dedicated to the sometimes serious, often humorous stories from wild places,” the Dirtbag Diaries podcast has all that and more. It was started about 10 years ago by former outdoor writer (and full-time outdoor enthusiast) Fitz Cahall. Tune in to hear stories about living the adventure lifestyle and exploring the great outdoors.
An oldie but a goodie, National Geographic Weekend was hosted by legendary reporter Boyd Matson, and tapped scientists and professional explorers to unearth some of the most intriguing travel stories out there. Listeners can hear from pro photographers who have gone to crazy lengths to capture the perfect shot (think: hanging from a hot air balloon), and interviews with celebrated activist Jane Goodall and the late Dean Potter, an extreme climber.
Though it only ran for one season, we loved Airplane Mode. Started by the founders of the very successful Away luggage company, this podcast explored what motivates people to travel. From navigating the road to becoming an expat, from searching for that ideal work-travel balance to finding love while traveling, you’ll discover an abundance of inspiring stories — and interviews with travel experts — when you revisit this podcast.
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