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10 favorite podcasts to binge while traveling

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They say to surround yourself with good people. The ones who lift you higher, challenge you, and invite you to become a better version of yourself. Podcasts are one of my favorite ways to access energizing, motivational, and informative stories and conversations with good people. They can inspire and educate you at any time, and anywhere, and I love to listen to them on the in-between moments of traveling. Moments like awaiting a flight or as a substitute for the in-flight entertainment.

Here are some of the best podcasts to listen to while traveling.

Our favorite podcasts to binge while traveling.

Podcasts to inspire wanderlust

Wild Ideas Worth Living hosted by Shelby Stanger

JUMP with ‘Traveling Jackie’

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Podcasts for personal development & transformation

The Rich Roll Podcast

We can do hard things with Glennon Doyle

On Being by Krista Tippett

Podcasts for sustainability conversations

Good Awaits

On the Green Fence

The RISE Traveler: Unpacking Conversations of Sustainable Travel

Green Dreamer hosted by Kamea Chayne


Podcasts to inspire wanderlust

WARNING: This first list of podcasts may have you tempted to quit your job and travel the world.

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Wild Ideas Worth Living hosted by Shelby Stanger

This is actually the first podcast that I had ever listened to…and it totally got me addicted to them. Host Shelby Stanger is a bit of a wild woman herself. A surfer, social and environmental advocate, and adventurer who has achieved some pretty epic feats during her explorations. She interviews some of the most inspirational people.

Where to start: Start with her interview with Steph Jagger, Lift your restraining device”, an inspirational conversation where the sign on the ski lift spoke to a deeper desire and inspired her to change her life and set off to break a world record. Because why not? Proof that human beings are capable of incredible feats when they set their mind and heart to them.

JUMP with ‘Traveling Jackie’

Originally called Budget Minded Travel, Jackie Nourse hosts this podcast loaded with travel tips for first-time travelers, lessons-learned from her experiences, and chats with local guests from travel destinations for a dive into various cultures of every visited country.

Where to start: Why not start with the latest and work your way backwards? Check out her podcast episode about her trip to Iceland for tips for visiting Reykjavik, Iceland. Her guests are local to Iceland and share their stories as well as Icelandic traditions.

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast hosted by Amanda Kendle is always an excellent listen for anyone looking to experience travel in a way that encourages you to live like a local. Slow travel, community-based tourism, spontaneity, saying ‘yes’ to opportunities, honest experiences to entertain and inform travelers and aspiring travelers alike. Live vicariously through this podcast to hold you over until your next travel adventure.

Where to start: Check out Episode #255 with Vincie Ho of RISE Travel Institute for a background on her background and journey leading to the foundation of RISE. When you’re done with that, scroll to the bottom of this post to check out RISE Travel Institute’s podcast for interesting and informative conversations on sustainable travel. You won’t regret it.


Podcasts for personal development & transformation

Everything is connected. In working on improving ourselves, we make the world a better place. Here are some of our favorite podcasts for raw, powerful, enlightening conversations with inspiring people and the ideas and tools they’ve used to transform their lives.

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Host Rich Roll is fascinated with all things about transformation. Ordinary people overcoming difficulties and achieving extraordinary things. Covering a range of topics from addiction and recovery to ultra-athletes to neuroscience, The Rich Roll Podcast is a winner for inspiration and thought-provoking conversations about the human experience. Most of his episodes range around 2 hours long— perfect for listening to on those longer flights.

Where to start: This is one of those podcasts where you can start anywhere and each and every episode is packed with great content. Check out episode #1 where Rich lays the groundwork for the podcast goals, then hop in wherever you feel called to.

We can do hard things with Glennon Doyle

Join bestselling author Glennon Doyle for deep conversations with thought leaders on the trials and tribulations that we all face on this ride called life. (It can be a roller coaster, can’t it?) Covering all the things from burnout to menopause, sex to grief and trauma, Glennon Doyle wants you to know you’re not alone in facing the hardships that life throws at you.

Where to start: Check out Episode #98 “How to live so we can die peacefully with death doula Alua Arthur.” A raw, beautiful, and hopeful conversation about a topic that most people tend to ignore, yet no one ever escapes, the fact that we will all die someday. And ways to live so we may approach death with graceful surrender.

On Being by Krista Tippett

On Being covers the vast landscape of topics on the complexity of humanity. From spirituality, sustainability, and creativity, this podcast is encouraging, educational, and beautifully connects us to our individual and shared humanity.

Where to start: Definitely check out Krista Tippett’s conversation with Jane Goodall in “What it means to be human”


Podcasts for sustainability conversations

How can we be better stewards of the planet? A place to start is with honest and educational conversations to cultivate awareness about climate science news and leading with actionable steps forward.

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It’s no mystery that many aspects of the travel industry need to change in order to preserve the fragile spaces on the planet and the life that inhabits them.

Podcast hosts Debbie Clarke and Josie Major explore all things ‘regenerative travel’ and ways a circular system of tourism can be used to positively impact all involved in the tourism industry. A great podcast dedicated to shifting the global mindset around making travel more than just sustainable travel, but actively producing good results for all involved in the travel experience.

Where to start: Check out episode #7, for a relatable discussion with Co-founder of GOOD Travel, Eliza Raymond about her own journey in discovering what it means to be a global citizen and the interconnectedness of all things.

On the Green Fence

On the Green Fence is a podcast hosted by Neil King and Gabe Borrud. Its topics tackle all things regarding climate change, challenging conventional wisdom about the environment and human behavior. Seeking answers to questions that cultivate awareness around the mindset and psychology of decisions we make as human beings in order to reframe our way of thinking.

Where to start:

Check out this Episode for a thoughtful look at the way we create our living spaces in Western culture and how much space we really need.

RISE Travel Institute is an educational organization. Its mission is to inform and train businesses in the travel industry in the ways of ethical and sustainable travel. The RISE Traveler Podcast features conversations with leaders in the travel industry who are working to reprogram the current unsustainable practices and focus on benefitting (local and indigenous) people and the planet through travel.

Where to start: “Beyond the Bucket List: Positive Impact while traveling” is a great talk with Eliza Raymond (she’s back!) about volunteering while abroad and what “mutual benefits” actually means and what it truly looks like.

Green Dreamer hosted by Kamea Chayne

Challenging the status quo for dominant narratives around race, environmentalism, economy and the interconnectedness of it all, Kamea Chayne provides discussions with intriguing guest speakers to work toward collective healing.

Where to start: Check out Kamea’s conversation with Gabriel Kram, “Healing with the art and science of connection”. It’s a thought-provoking, informative, and an uplifting discussion on connection and the value of reweaving connection across cultural barriers.

What are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to while traveling?
We’d love to hear from you!

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The author of this blog is the oh-so-talented, Shelagh Hogan.

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