A Look at the Best Travel Podcasts

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In the last few years, podcasting (i.e. free downloadable audio/video programmes) have really taken off, and now it seems there’s a podcast for just about everything.

Several travel-related podcasts have sprung up during this time, ranging from location guides to general travel chat.

If you’ve never downloaded any before (any you’re interested in traveling), then perhaps it’s time you did. Long bus journeys, international flights and long waits at airports are the perfect time to get your headphones on and listen to a couple of travel podcasts.

Here are some of the best travel podcasts currently out there:

  • The Indie Travel Podcast – Designed with budget travelers in mind, the Indie Travel podcast no-doubt appeals to a whole generation of travelers looking for money-saving tips. Hosted by Craig and Linda, this critically acclaimed podcast has been running since 2006, and is based largely on the experiences of these two people as they continue to travel the world. Click here to find out more.
  • Rick Steves’ Podcasts – Rick Steves is something of a legend in the travel community, and has adapted to recent technology and demands by releasing a series of podcasts. Rick actually has several podcasts, from travel-related radio shows and audio walking tours to various video clips and Rick’s lecture series. Whatever kind of travel you’re doing, his podcasts are well worth checking out, as Rick has a wealth of travel experience and is full of great travel tips. Click here to find out more.
  • The Amateur Traveler Podcast – Chris Christensen’s travel podcast has well over 300 episodes, and each show usually focuses around a specific destination. Chris’ shows are a great guide to each destination, and frequently feature interviews/guest spots from various travelers from all around the world. Click here to find out more.
  • Galavanting – This podcast (hosted by Maren Hogan and Kim Mance) is different from most other podcasts I’ve mentioned because it a video series (as opposed to an audio series). Most of the videos are around 5-10 minutes long and provide a quick guide to a specific destination. The production levels are fairly high for a podcast, giving it a nice professional feel (without losing any of the typical podcast charm or character). Click here to find out more.
  • World Nomads’ Free Guides to World Languages – World Nomad’s language guides (such as Portuguese, Greek, Vietnamese, Germany and Aussie slang) will help you learn the local tongue. Although perhaps not technically a travel podcast, they’re a great thing to have on your iPod whenever entering a new country. Click here to find out more.


How Do I Subscribe to a Podcast?

I’m glad you asked! Subscribing to a podcast is extremely easy and completely free, and means that the instant a new episode of a podcast you’re subscribed to is released, you’ll know about it.

Perhaps the easiest way to subscribe to a podcast is to use iTunes. On iTunes, visit the iTunes Store and search for the podcast you want to subscribe to. Once you’ve found it, all you have to do is click the ‘Subscribe’ button, and every new episode will automatically be downloaded onto your computer whenever you start up iTunes.

If you don’t like using iTunes (as many people don’t), another way to subscribe to podcasts is to use RSS Feeds. For more information on this, click here.

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