Every week it seems there is a new travel podcast series being launched – yet which are the ones truly worth listening to? In this article, Nomads on the Road will take you through the best travel podcasts out there in podcast land…
“Of course, like every other teenage kid, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.”
The quote above is the opening line to my favourite podcast, The Dirtbag Diaries. With 150 episodes the Dirtbag Diaries has evolved from a modest start as the brainchild of Fritz Cahill to the best podcast around for those who live for the outdoors. A self-described grassroots podcast dedicated to the climbers, the skiers, the hikers, the campers, and the travellers who share their stories around the campfire, the Dirtbag Diaries begin life as a solitary experiment for Fritz. Today, the Dirtbag Diaries has evolved into a collaboration between writers, photographers, artists and us, the listeners, producing the sort of stories you won’t hear anywhere else.
The BBC has a long and happy relationship with podcasts, simply put they produce an array of excellent podcasts. For the inquisitive traveller, there is the now defunct Excess Baggage (but a huge back catalogue of episodes is still available), Crossing Continents (a foreign affairs series) and From Our Own Correspondent (a series focusing on foreign correspondents reporting the story behind the headline).
Indie Travel Podcast
Craig and Linda Martin are the Kiwi couple behind one of the longest running travel podcasts. Indie Travel Podcast started life back in 2006 and there is an extensive back catalogue for you to delve into.
Sounds of the Trail
Sounds of the Trail is a great little podcast about the ups, downs, and switchbacks of trail life. Listeners follow along as contributors hike the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail and send back their transmissions, interviews with other hikers and other tidbits from the trails.
This Week in Travel
Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are the trio behind one of the most popular podcasts focused on travel. This Week in Travel covers travel news, the travel industry and basically, all things travel. Check out the picks of the week, you’ll discover amazing websites, stories, and gadgets.
Rick Steves is the reason why so many Americans love Europe, ok, Rick Steves is one of the reasons why so many Americans love Europe. Rick is an author, TV personality and podcaster focusing on European travel.
Inspire by Campfire
Inspire by Campfire strives to raise awareness of the value of the great outdoors. The podcast finds inspiration on a personal and human level as we follow presenters, Tom and Bryce, as they visit 20 National, numerous state parks and wilderness areas.