By Erin Hynes from Pina Travels
Podcasts have been getting more and more attention in recent years, especially within the travel community. They’re an amazing form of entertainment and storytelling, and are perfect for downloading to your phone to listen to while you’re on the go. While everyone enjoys a fun podcast listen, there are tons of shows that are exploring important and nuanced topics related to travel.
We’ve rounded up 10 travel podcasts that will help you travel better. The podcasts in this list tackle complex travel issues and give lots of tips for how we as travelers can have a more positive impact. While not all of these shows are directly about travel, many of their episodes will keep you informed about topics like sustainable practices, which you can then apply to your adventures.
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In my podcast, I interview travelers, thought leaders, and experts from the tourism industry about issues related to responsible travel. The show explores unique and underrepresented topics, like dark tourism, voluntourism, phenomena like India Syndrome. Every episode of Alpaca My Bags highlights takeaways that will help listeners travel in a way that is better for people, and for the planet.
This is the podcast that will help you navigate the overwhelming weight of climate change. Journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson explores solutions for tackling the ongoing climate crisis, and how to implement them. This podcast is filled with smart ideas and inspiring stories that will help you feel a little more hopeful for the future of our planet. And, each episode includes concrete calls to action that you take on to do your part.
Amanda Kendle is a travel blogger and author. She launched The Thoughtful Travel Podcast in March 2016 as a way to connect with other travel lovers. Every episode highlights travel stories from fellow travel addicts. Episodes touch on fun topics like meeting locals and getting lost, as well as thoughtful issues like how tourists can make meaningful connections while they travel.
Paige McClanahan is a journalist and a lifelong traveler. She started The Better Travel Podcast as a way to help everyone travel in a way that has a positive impact on the world. In short, she wants to help people travel better. Every week Paige delves into interesting and complex topics like how tourism can help us understand history, what travelers should know about AirBnb, and how we can travel more sustainably.
Hosted by Australian couple Brooke and Ben McAlary, The Slow Home Podcast is all about learning why and how we should slow down in life, and focus on what’s important.The show is one of Australia’s longest-running health podcasts with over 300 available episodes! While this podcast is very much about managing your health and lifestyle at home, many of the discussions apply to travel, too. More and more people are choosing to slow down their travels rather than rushing through destinations. The Slow Home Podcast can help listeners embrace this approach to tourism.
Kristy Drutman is a Filipina American climate activist. Her podcast Brown Girl Green is all about addressing the intersections of media, diversity, and environmentalism in an accessible way. Through interviews with diverse leaders and advocates, she uses the show to explore what being an “environmentalist” means in the modern age. Topics covered on the show include environmental racism, racial equality and the outdoors, self-care and more. If you’re feeling a sense of climate doom, this show will help you cope through humor, healing, and actionable advice!
Let’s Go Together is a podcast from Travel + Leisure, and hosted by Kellee Edwards, an award-winning travel expert. In every episode Kellee interviews diverse guests about their unique travel experiences, with the goal of inspiring listeners to explore the world. Some past guests include the first confirmed Black woman to travel every country in the world, Captain Kate McCue, the first American woman to captain a commercial cruise liner, and the Gamble Family who decided to sell their house, buy an RV, and spend the pandemic living on the road as a family of nomads.
Green On The Go is a podcast that’s dedicated to learning to travel in a way that is better for our planet. While travel has plenty of benefits, there are negative impacts too. Green on The Go addresses the environmental concerns that travel brings up. Every episode features an interview with an industry-leading travel professional to talk about what’s happening in their corner of the sustainable travel world. This podcast is filled with important takeaways about how travel and tourism are shifting towards more eco-friendly practices, as well as tips for how individual tourists can travel more sustainably.
Dismantled Podcast is a series by Intersectional Environmentalist, which is a climate justice community and resource hub centering people of color and historically excluded voices. This show is all about centering the voices of those who are most impacted by climate change: Black, Indigenous and POC communities. Episodes explore topics like grassroots activism, the intersectional history of environmentalism, and how to recover collectively from climate disasters.
On The Travelers Blueprint, hosts Bob DiMenna and Elliot Shibley lead round table discussions on all aspects of travel. After settling down to work on their careers and grow their families, they both wanted a way to continue to feel connected to travel—so they started their podcast! Bob and Elliot bring on adventurers, travel authors, tour guides, nomads, conservationists and more to touch on often important and nuanced topics like responsible tourism, eco-travel, and cultural appropriation. With over 180 episodes available, The Traveler’s Blueprint is very bingeable!