Top 5 Travel Podcasts

If you’re looking for some much-needed travel inspiration, want to know more about what the next up-and-coming destination has to offer or need something to listen to during your flight, a travel podcast could be the perfect solution for you.

The Internet has become the go-to resource for almost everything you can imagine in the travel world, from advice to booking to trip insurance, and podcasts are great (and mostly free) ways to learn more about the city or country you are visiting. Here are some of the best ones around:

iKangaroo: This podcast became famous for its in-depth look at the “Angels and Demons” walking tour in Rome, but there are many other aspects about travel you can learn about with iKangaroo, many of them related to art, architecture and history. Many of these podcasts are around 80 minutes long – perfect for a short flight.

Travel with Rick Steves: He may be an American, but many people consider Rick Steves to be a citizen of the world thanks to his many trips and travel expertise. You might have seen him on several travel shows in the 1990s, and Steves is still offering up plenty of advice with his podcast. He is particularly knowledgeable about Italy – so if you are headed across the Atlantic, you might want to hear about his insights.

Indie Travel Podcast: Traveling on a budget? There are many ways that you can save money on a trip and Indie Travel Podcast covers them all. The podcast is operated by a married couple who have been across the world – from Paris to Bilbao to New Zealand – and have been gracious enough to share their cost-cutting travel tips with the world.

Connected Traveler: For a more laid-back vibe, try giving a listen to Connected Traveler, a podcast that focuses on world culture with a bit of lighthearted travel fun. For instance, one of their topics includes a beer-fueled trip to Germany. The site also offers 24/7 streaming radio, which could be perfect for a long layover.

Monocle: While Monocle is technically a magazine featuring aspects of business, culture, design as well as travel, its video podcasts offer a stunning glimpse into many of the world’s most desired locations – and some off the beaten path – with beautiful videography and a jet-setter’s mindset. You can even visit the headquarters in New York, London and Tokyo, some of which offer cafes and shops.