12 Podcasts For Your Next Road Trip

Sep 21, 2020 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Travel Tips

We are living in a modern technological era where we are constantly exposed to an enormous array of information and entertainment. Generations past would truly be shocked by the ease at which we can collect and take on information today! With super fast streaming and the multitude of platforms where people can express their views and opinions, there’s no end to the information we can absorb. And best of all? It’s free.

 

Podcasts allow us to become a fly on the wall in almost any conversation. We can listen to the people who we admire, people we identify with and even those we don’t. They can be motivating, inspiring and they can teach us so much. From providing laughter, to sharing heartache, even enlightening us of dark, controversial topics, and giving a voice to the unheard. Sharing podcasts has replaced the traditional hostel book exchanges. While picking up a thumbed copy of Shantaram is still part of the travel experience, constantly new and increasingly better content available at the touch of a button, is becoming the new norm. 

 

This year has seen many of us taking trips much closer to home, check out our favourite podcasts for your next road trip below. Or save the list so you’ve got it for when that long haul flight finally rolls around!

 

REPLY ALL

A podcast where listeners call in with concerns the hosts investigate. Predominantly about technology, Reply All is a deep dive into this modern world of ours, providing laughs and plenty of shocking moments along the way.<

 

THE SCHOOL OF GREATNESS

Lewis Howes, once a professional football player before a career ending injury, dedicated his life to sharing knowledge and helping others succeed. Attracting experts in topics like health, wealth, business, mindfulness and public speaking. Lewis attempts to elevate your life, one episode at a time.

 

THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE

Comedian, Martial Artist, UFC commentator and entrepreneur, Joe Rogan engages guests on everything from drugs, politics, comedy, health, nutrition, philosophy, the modern world, and even more. Nothing is exempt from the Joe Rogan Experience.

 

ON PURPOSE WITH JAY SHETTY

A former monk turned motivational speaker and influencer, Jay Shetty is responsible for “making wisdom go viral”, enough said, we think!

 

HOW I BUILT THIS WITH GUY RAZ

Coming out of the NPR studios, How I Built This explores how founders of companies you know and love got to where they are today. Exploring all the early failures, challenges and ideas that sparked brilliance!

 

SERIAL

The podcast that broke the internet and sparked the True Crime gold rush. Serial (season 1) explores the murder of Hae Min Lee, a straight A student, and the subsquent conviction of her boyfriend. Sarah Koenieg explores holes in the prosecution, examines the boyfriend’s defence and explores who really killed Hae Min Lee.

 

CONAN O’BRIEN NEEDS A FRIEND

The popular late night talk show host invites his comedic friends to chat. With seemingly no plot or direction, Conan O’Brien does what he does best. Through improvisation, conversation and exploration of his subject, Conan provides belly laughs and pick-me-ups for days.

 

STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW

As the title suggests, each week this show tackles a new topic and gives you an in depth insight into how it works. Ever wondered how flamethrowers work? Wanted to know more about narcolepsy? This show will give you stocks of random knowledge and interesting facts to impress your travel mates.

 

THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW

One of the first and OG comedy podcasts. Ricky Gervais and his writing partner Steven Merchant discuss the human race, climate change, philosophy, and tons more. What makes this podcast comedy gold is their interactions with their producer Karl Pilkington. Now a popular HBO animated series, The Ricky Gervais Show will have you laughing like no one is watching. 

 

7 GOOD MINUTES

A great podcast to start the day. 7 Good Minutes, does exactly what it says on the tin. 7 Minutes of inspirational, uplifting and motivational speeches from a range of incredible people across the globe. This is an epic way to start your day right.

 

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

When Jamie found out his dad wrote an erotic novel, he gathered his two best friends and recorded a live reading in his kitchen with a running commentary. What ensues is a hilarious comedy, filled with innuendos, terrible plot lines and plenty of cringe moments that’ll leave you in stitches. Out of all the options for podcasts for your next road trip, this is one you absolutely need to have on the list!

 

EAR HUSTLE

If you’ve ever really wondered what goes on behind bars in one of the most notorious prisons in the world, this podcast will take you there. From how inmates handle romance, to prison cuisine, this show tells you what lockdown is really like.

 

This is by no means a definitive list of podcasts for your next road trip. But it’s a great place to begin. There’s a podcast out there for everyone (over 850,000 to be exact!), so we’re certain you’ll find something to hit the spot. Let us know if you’ve listened to or enjoyed any of the above, or have any recommendations of your own, we’re all ears.

WRITTEN BY: Joe Silk

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