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19 of the best travel podcasts to listen to now

Bringing you entertainment, humour and a wealth of knowledge for your next journey, take a listen to these inspirational travel talks from the world's top podcast presenters...

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1. No Shitting In The Toilet

Get ahead of the curve and enjoy this new podcast from Peter Moore, best-selling travel author and Wanderlust's Associate Web Editor. 

Expect irreverent humour and gritty tales of the highs and lows of independent travel, from Peter himself and a range of expert guests.

The first episode takes its theme from the title, but don't worry, they're not all about toilets...

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2. The Travel Diaries

Presenter Holly Rubenstein describes The Travel Diaries as the travel version of Desert Island Discs, where celebrity guests reveal the travel experiences that shaped them rather than songs.

It’s the UK’s number one travel podcast and has featured guests such as Poppy Delevingne, Dev Patel, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Tony Wheeler and Jo Malone.

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3. Armchair Explorer

Each episode of the Armchair Explorer podcast sees one of the world's great adventurers tell their best story from the road.

Hosted by award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar, every tale is inspiring, action-packed and thrilling.

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4. Zero To Travel

With over 15 years experience travelling the world, Jason Moore shares his passion for all things travel in his weekly hour-long podcasts.

Take a listen as he interviews fellow explorers on their epic journeys, from walking across America to visually impaired cyclists embarking on a 16,000-mile journey from Argentina to Alaska.

Other weekly posts include tips on how to budget, travel safety tips, as well as how to find work while on the road.

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5. You Should Have Been There 

Enjoy travellers tales, relaxed banter and opinion from Simon Calder, one of the most respected voices in travel, and author/former BBC producer Mick Webb.

It's essentially the equivalent of sitting in a bar with a couple of travel chums. Perhaps the best-named travel podcast in the history of travel podcasts, too.

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6. JUMP With Traveling Jackie

Formerly known as The Budget-Minded Traveler, Jackie has revamped her podcast to JUMP with Traveling Jackie – partly inspired by photos of her leaping mid-air at some of the world's most iconic landmarks.

Jackie's podcast has a distinct focus on off-the-beaten track travel and highlights insider tips, as well as hidden gems of travel across several continents.

Those with travel-related questions also have an opportunity to engage, as her regular 'ask Jackie' sessions aim to give in-depth answers to her online community.

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7. Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet

If you loved Wanderlust’s article on the 20 most astonishing holiday complaints, you’ll love the Beach Too Sandy podcast.

Presenters Alex and Christine Schiefer scour the Internet for one-star reviews for travel related services and read them out in dramatic voices.

Hilarious!

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8. The Skift Podcast

Editors from American travel media company Skift speak with creatives, executives and entrepreneurs to gain their understanding of change in travel behaviours and how the industry is developing alongside.

Their 30 to 40 minute sessions focus on the latest travel trends, such as challenges for low-cost airlines, solutions for overtourism, as well as trends for the new year.

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9. Escape

Simon Calder’s second podcast is a mix of up-to-the-moment travel news and entertaining chats with travel's biggest names, including Wanderlust’s own Lyn Hughes.

There’s a travel masterclass each episode too, covering everything from wildlife photography to solo travel.

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10. Taste Trekkers' Find Dining Podcast

Foodies unite as host Seth Resler chats with culinary experts and food bloggers from cities around the world on their local dining scene and where communities eat out.

Whether you're in search of the most mouthwatering dim sum in Asia or traditional recipes along the Silk Road, The Find Dining Podcast provides an inside scoop on national dishes and the best places to eat.

Explicitly 'for foodies who love travel and travellers who love food.'

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11. The Rough Guide to Everywhere

From artful vodou in Haiti to the extraordinary life of an 81-year-old cowboy and pirate, The Rough Guide to Everywhere features the kind of stories you share with friends in the pub, rather than sort you'd find published in a guidebook.

Seasons one and two are hosted by Greg Dickinson, while season three is hosted by Rebecca Hallett and Neil McQuillian. Season four began in 2019.

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12. The Big Travel Podcast

The Big Travel Podcast features politicians, paralympians, philanthropists, famous faces from TV, radio, music, books, journalism, sports, stage and screen.

Hosted by Lisa Francesca Nand, expect fascinating travel tales from SAS soldiers, adventurers and ordinary people, too.

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13. Travel With Rick Steves

Rick Steves is an American travel writer, guidebook author, television personality and podcast presenter.

While Rick's main podcast covers weekly one hour conversations with guest experts about culture, travel and people, his podcast collection extends to audio tours, European videos and live recordings from the travel classics.

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14. Indie Travel Podcast

Whether you're looking for advice on the best things to do in New Zealand, the essentials to pack in your carry-on bag, or the cheapest way to get around on your next city break, tune in to Craig and Linda Martin who are the masterminds behind the Indie Travel Podcast.

Each 20 to 30 minute episode brings insightful and entertaining stories from backpackers, expats and digital nomads who share a passion for travel.

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15. Amateur Traveler

Host Chris Christensen hones in on specific travel destinations and why they appeal to visitors.

Each 40 to 60 minute clip centres around a particular country or experience, such as a safari in Botswana, or travelling Hawaii's Big Island, and is joined in conversation by people who have lived in or are well-travelled in the topical destination.

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16. We Travel There

Go beyond the basic tourist attractions and discover the best things to do, eat, drink and see from a local's perspective.

That's the aim of host Lee Huffman's audio series, which talks with locals from around the world to discover the hidden treasures of the cities they call home.

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17. Travel Today with Peter Greenberg

Join one of America's most esteemed travel journalists Peter Greenberg, as he airs his weekend podcast from different locations around the world.

Each episode reveals the fascinating history and scenery of the destination at hand, whether it's learning the Napoleanic past on the remote island of St Helena, or on board Canada's Rock Mountaineer train from Banff to Vancouver.

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18. Extra Pack Of Peanuts Travel Podcast

Host Travis Sherry aims to share his knowledge on everything for a life worth travelling more and spending less.

Listen in as he shares insider travel tips on how to go the extra mile with frequent flyer deals to packing like a pro, alongside fellow iconic travel podcasters and bloggers who also feature in the interviews.

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 19. This Week In Travel

Join leading travel writers, bloggers and podcasters for weekly discussions and tips on all travel matters from teaching English overseas, to family travel and living in an RV.

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