After nearly 18 months stuck on our island, thoughts of travel seem to be more incessant than ever. If it’s not the reminders on Instagram of how you were snowboarding in the Alps two years ago or sunbathing in Tulum, then it’s the 40 days and 40 nights of rain that make you wish for the words ‘travel ban’ to cease to exist.
Don’t get me wrong, the British Isles is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes, beaches and wildlife in the world, and now more than ever the public are seeking staycation destinations as their main getaways this year. The rise of ‘staycation culture’ has brought about a boom in the hospitality industry in some parts of the UK — but, as demand rises for Airbnbs and hotels across the country, so it appears do costs, forcing many to forfeit a trip away altogether.
For those of us whose thirst for adventure isn’t quite quenched with a trip down to Cornwall, here’s a few of my top travel podcasts that I hope may inspire future trips, providing excellent escapism and beautiful stories from the travels of some of our favourite voices.
Travel Diaries with Holly Rubenstien
We all love a Google review, but there’s nothing like hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth. The Travel Diaries is a weekly interview series where entertainment and travel journalist Holly Rubenstein chats to a special guest about their adventures around the world, and the travel experiences and destinations that have shaped their lives. Listen now on Acast >>
Abroad in Japan
One of our favourite and most popular travel podcasts, Abroad in Japan follows independent filmmaker Chris Broad and broadcaster Pete Donaldson as they explore one of the world’s most unique and quirky countries: Japan. They delve into all that a budding traveller should know before heading to the home of anime — from great cuisine to capsule hotels, current events and tips on how to spend your time there. Listen now on Acast >>
According to host Aaron Millar, “the world’s greatest adventurers tell their best story from the road”. We’d argue that they’re actually told via a pair of good quality headphones, but I digress. Each episode of the Armchair Explorer podcast is cut documentary style and set to music and cinematic effects, creating an immersive storytelling experience. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic. Listen now on Acast >>
The world has never been more connected. But, in reality, there’s still so much we don’t understand about each other. Join hosts Neil Innes and Andrés Bartos as they take you to places you didn’t realise existed, introduce you to people who you would never have otherwise met, and experience the rush of traveling the world — without ever leaving your home. Listen now on Acast >>
The Atlas Obscura podcast
For the thrill seekers among us, this podcast should be right up your alley. The Atlas Obscura Podcast is an audio guide to the world’s strange, incredible, and wondrous places. Join co-founder Dylan Thuras and a neighbourhood of Atlas Obscura reporters as they explore a new wonder in under 15 minutes. Listen now on Acast >>
Green List Travel
The roadmap to freedom in the UK has been an ever-changing one, with the regulations surrounding travel being some of the murkiest. However, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel, and leading UK travel journalist Simon Calder, of The Independent, will be bringing you a daily podcast bulletin on all things travel. Listen now on Acast >>
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