I love listening to podcasts. It’s one of the easiest ways I know to get entertained and educated at the same time.
There’s a lot to be said for travel podcasts as a source of inspiration.
One of my favourite things to do is to dig into the archives of travel podcasts and find the most interesting episodes.
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When you’re on a trip, podcasts are the most convenient way I know to pass the time on flights and train rides, not to mention while waiting in line at an airport.
When you’re not travelling, the same podcasts can give you a nice boost of inspiration to go explore the world.
Here are some hand-picked episodes I found particularly inspiring, each one looking at travel from a different angle.
1. Shaping Your Ideal Life through Travel
The World Wanderers Podcast: A Conversation with Lauren Rudick
This episode is full of interesting observations about travel as a lifestyle. It is an interview with Lauren Rudick from Canada, who shares the travel experiences that led her to her current life as a nomadic yoga teacher.
She started out on a long backpacking trip around the world and trained as a yoga teacher during that trip.
Coming back home, she experienced a reverse culture shock. It often happens when you travel for a long time: you grow and change so much, but people back home still treat you the same.
A light bulb moment came when she saw an advertisement for a yoga retreat in a magazine. It made her decide to combine travel and teaching yoga.
During her travels she realised that travel was part of her personality. Travel started out as running away from problems back home and turned into a way of living, rather than a break from “real life”. It is real life, just in a different way to what we’re used to.
Another observation I liked in this interview was that travel helps you see what things you want to include in your life and what you’d rather exclude. It’s a big step towards happiness by crafting the life you really want to live.
2. The Freelancer Living the Vanlife
The Budget-Minded Traveler: Vanlife with Photographer Andy Austin
This is an inspiring interview with Andy Austin, an adventure travel photographer, living on the road in a converted van. It’s a lifestyle many people envy, though it has its ups and downs of course.
After quitting his job and choosing to go freelance as a photographer, he found a van that he could convert and decided to live out one of his long term dreams.
It was a big leap to take into an unstable lifestyle, but the convenience of not having to be at a certain place at a certain time was a huge advantage.
In the interview he shares many bits of information about the way he lives: the story of how he bought the van, what he does in the harsh cold weeks of winter and the adventurous spirit it takes to live like he does.
While he doesn’t plan on doing this forever, Andy plans to continue as long as it works for him.
He also avoids the loneliness that may come with this nomadic lifestyle by connecting with people and maintaining connections with family and other people in his life.
The feedback he gets from people when he tells them about his lifestyle is never negative. Either they say they wish they could do the same thing, or they tell him how they themselves went travelling at some point in their lives.
Andy’s advice is: Just go! If you don’t do it now, you may regret it later in life.
3. The Woman Who Broke a World Record
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes: What Breaking a Global Travel Record Taught Cassie De Pecol About Life
This is not a travel podcast at all, but I came across this episode and found it fascinating. It’s about a different kind of travel.
Cassie De Pecol decided to break the Guinness World Record for women and visit every country in the world in less time than any other women ever did.
She talks about the planning she did before going on this expedition. It took a long time to plan, obtain all the visas and particularly get sponsors to fund some of her flights and hotel stays.
Cassie talks a lot about how important it was for her to be committed to the mission. There were difficulties along the way.
She was a solo female traveller in places that are not always safe for women, which was quite an achievement.
After about 40 countries (out of 196) she ran out of money and had to go home for a little while. Finding more funding for the trip was another obstacle she surpassed.
She talks about how her trip changed the way she looks at people from other countries now. It opened her eyes to be humble and open to other cultures; taught here to listen to people’s life stories; proved to her that she could see kindnesses everywhere. They say that travel broadens your mind…
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