10 of the best travel podcasts

From “finding the best-priced plane tickets” to “packing like a pro”, there’s a lot to know about travelling, said Travel + Leisure magazine. “That’s where podcasts come in.” The best travel podcasts “inform and inspire” and can help you “nail down those hacks, discover your next destination, or daydream about future trips”. 

Often thought of as “the godfather of travel”, American writer, author, and TV personality Rick Steves encourages devotees to explore “less touristy” places in order to experience a country’s “true culture”. On his weekly podcast, “Travel With Rick Steves”, he chats with “guest experts and callers about culture, people, and all things travel”. Another place to find destination inspiration is “Armchair Explorer”, hosted by travel writer Aaron Millar. Every episode tells a story in “documentary style” which is “set to music” and “complete with cinematic effects”. Listeners can get “truly immersed” in the travel experience. “Expect action and thrills.”

You “don’t have to like flying” to enjoy “Layovers”, said Alice Florence Orr on Podcast Review, “but it definitely helps”. Where many podcasts “zoom in when exploring a topic”, hosts Paul Papadimitriou and Alex Hunter “zoom out”, giving a “broader view of the global map”. For a real “hidden indie gem”, try “You should have been there” from The Independent’s travel correspondent Simon Calder and former BBC producer Mick Webb. This show “isn’t afraid to get a little erudite about adventure” and explores an impressive range of subjects, from “layover-friendly airports” to an “entire episode dedicated to the niche subject of psychogeography”.

If you’re looking for a “hilarious” take on travel, listen to “Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet”, said Wanderlust. Presenters Alex and Christine Schiefer “scour the internet” for one-star reviews of travel-related services and “read them out in dramatic voices”. Portia Jones hosts the lively and informative “Travel Goals Podcast” which covers a “wide range of topics”. Expect interesting experts, advice and “lots of actionable tips”. Recent episodes include top travel packing tips and hacks, how to travel to challenging countries, and how to plan a dog-friendly holiday in Britain.

Family Trips with the Meyers Brothers”, a recently launched podcast from Seth and Josh Meyers, takes a fond look back at “absolutely disastrous” and “utterly hilarious” family holiday memories, said Travel + Leisure. The celebrity siblings laugh about past trips with famous friends including Amy Poehler, Pete Davidson and Tom Holland.

The Travel Diaries” is a long-established podcast that’s like “Desert Island Discs” but “with places rather than records”, said Charlie Lindlar in The Guardian. In each episode, Holly Rubenstein meets a celebrity guest to discuss “the holiday spots that mean the most to them”, and the “bucket list locations” they hope to visit. “Much more ephemeral but no less addictive” is “Pack Your Bags”, in which comedian Russell Kane asks his guests what three things they can’t board a plane without. Start with Candice Brathwaite’s tales of volunteering in India, or Sue Perkins on her fears of flying and sea sickness. Or, for a “lo-fi and local” travel podcast, try “Ramblings”, a BBC Radio 4 series in which Clare Balding goes walking with “everyday heroes and famous guests” to explore off-the-beaten-track spots in this country, from Sheppey to the Hebrides.