Sometimes, hearing stories about travel can be just as fun as the travel itself. Podcasts are a great way to hear other people’s stories and experiences from their many journeys. Many of the podcasts for travelers come in different genres and could be personal essays, reported nonfiction, conversations with experts, or language lessons. So, here are some of the best podcasts for those who love to travel.
Bubble is a science-fiction comedy podcast that pokes fun at the gig economy. It is set in a place called Fairhaven which is a town encircled by a bubble used to protect its residents from beastly critters that roam outside in “the Brush.” The dialogue in this podcast is sharp with a fast-paced story along with acting from people such as comedian Cristela Alonzo and indie darling Tavi Gevinson. This eight-episode narrative is binge-worthy for a flight or long drive as it clocks in around four hours. What makes this a great choice for travelers is the journey with friends.
Learning a new language as an adult outside of the traditional classroom or other immersive settings can be quite daunting. This brings us to Radio Lingua and the Coffee Break series. Whether you are looking to brush up on a little German you learned in high school or learn a new language for an upcoming trip; you are likely to find a good fit. These podcasts are available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese since 2017. The episodes are about 15-20 minutes long making them ideal for a coffee/lunch break, and they are organized like any language curriculum would be. All the languages aside from Mandarin offer different proficiency tracks for those who are beyond the basics.
The Splendid Table has been a beloved radio show for the past 20 years as it shares stories about food, food culture, and food policy with its listeners. After longtime host Lynne Rossetto Kasper retired in 2018, food writer Francis Lam took the helm, and since then, Lam has continued to explore the world of food through a modern lens. Each episode sees Lam welcoming chefs, food writers, and others from the culinary arts to discuss various topics ranging from practical to philosophical, to cultural.