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Travel Podcasts Helping You Stay Inspired

Lauren Hill

Contributor

Tune into these standout travel podcasts for stories, inspiration, updates on the latest travel news and all the escapism you could need.

The Travel Diaries

Launched mid last year, The Travel Diaries sees travel journalist Holly Rubenstein interview a number of well-known guests about the travel experiences that shaped their lives. Each episode journeys through the eight key chapters of their life’s travel diaries, giving insight into their favourite destinations and bucket list trips.

Past guests include the famously well-travelled entrepreneur Richard Branson, adventurer and TV presenter Levison Wood and popular chefs Tom Kerridge and Rick Stein. Hear about the adventures of Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler; glimpse the glamorous travel life of model and actress, Poppy Delevingne; and see which destinations BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Dev Patel holds most closely.

Women Who Travel

In this series of travel-focused podcasts, Conde Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey discuss the realities of travelling as women today, while celebrating those who are making a mark on the world of travel hospitality and journalism.

Episodes span topics and guest appearances ranging from conversation with Celebrity Cruises president and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo on how she got to where she is now, tips on how to become a photojournalist with Lynsey Addario, and inspiration from the first black woman to visit every country in the world, Jessica Nabongo. Get practical advice on how to balance travel with a relationship and pick up tips on the best books to take with you.

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

The United States’ most recognised travel news journalist, Peter Greenberg, hosts the long-running Eye on Travel show on CBS News to shed light on a different destination each week. While recent episodes have focused on answering question posed around the coronavirus pandemic, previous editions transport you to legendary hotels such as The St. Regis Deer Valley and Canyon Ranch Tucson and destinations including Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and the Azores, Portugal. With hundreds of episodes to work through, there’s plenty of insight and inspiration to enjoy.

Travel with Rick Steves

Another of the United States’ biggest names in travel, Rick Steves keeps people at home informed about less-visited destinations through his writing, TV work and radio. The Travel with Rick Steves podcast presents a weekly conversation with guest experts and callers on travel, culture and people. Listen to recent episodes on San Miguel de Allende, the Philippines and Ireland’s Iran Islands, and listen back to previous editions covering topics ranging from Polynesian explorers to travel writer Paul Theroux’s Mexico journey.

Take the Leap by Four Seasons

Only a few weeks ago, Four Seasons announced the launch of its three-part Take the Leap podcast series. Together, these episodes spotlight tangible transformation through travel. Looking at different perspectives of the value of time, the series delves into how travellers can make the most of the coming year with the input of global adventurers. In episode one, travel influencer Jessica Nabongo and editor of Four Seasons Magazine, Alicia Miller Corbett, discuss the power of travelling outside your comfort zone. Episode two sees influencer Patrick Janelle and adventurer Georgina Miranda discuss their travel, work and life balance. And episode three sees wellbeing entrepreneur Poppy Jamie meet photographer Dave Krugman in Kyoto, Japan.

Marriott Bonvoy Traveler podcasts

More than just having its own podcast series, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler has a library of episodes split into different themes from Checking In, featuring compelling conversations with some of the world’s most interesting travellers, to Behind the Design in which the top designers behind Marriott hotels explore the trends and innovations that go into making hotels look the way they do. The Let’s Talk Points series then focuses on the travel stories of loyalty members who have exchanged points for experiences, from diving in Hawaii with Jean-Michel Cousteau to dining at The French Laundry and having a masterclass with Olympic skier Bode Miller.

Skift Daily Briefing

In its original podcast, media company Skift connected with creatives, executives and entrepreneurs across travel for their perspective on topics of the industry, with experts giving insight into the how and why of travellers’ habits, industry patterns and what’s changing. Listen to past episodes from this original series or tune into the current Skift Daily Briefing providing insight each day into the business of travel. These updates currently focus on how travel companies are coping with the pandemic and how people are planning ahead for when normality returns when we can all begin travelling again.

The Big Travel Podcast

Through The Big Travel Podcast, travel journalist and broadcaster Lisa Francesca Nand highlights the travel experiences of famous names across TV, music, film, politics and sport. Hear the stories of comedian Bill Bailey, discover the adventures of Team GB Paralympic cyclist Mel Nicholls and listen to the fascinating stories of foreign correspondent and world affairs editor John Simpson. This extensive series is a window into the life stories experienced through travel as these people work their way across the globe.

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