It’s that time of year where we’re planning our spring and summer road trips. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or follow me on social (@thedanielledesir on Instagram), you probably noticed I am always on the move or dreaming about my next weekend trip. But I’m going to tell you a little secret about me and my planning process. I get lots of inspiration from travel podcasts. Yes, it’s true. I listen to the competition, haha. But the good news is that when I hear good stuff, I am glad to share it with financially savvy travelers like you. So here is a list of my top travel podcasts for road trips, perfect for binge-listening. I hope you like them as much as I do and get inspired to book your next getaway soon. Here are my recommendations for the best podcasts for long drives.
Top Picks For Best Travel Podcasts For Road Trips
The Thought Card
I know I encouraged you to check out other podcasts for road trips, but of course, I recommend you listen to mine too!
The Thought Card is an award-winning affordable travel finance blog and podcast about affording travel, paying off debt, and building wealth. I paid off $63,000 in student loans in four years, bought a house at 27, climbed the corporate ladder, and traveled all at the same time.
I believe you can do it all–at the same time! Once I figured that out, I knew I had to share my journey with others. So, if you want to travel, save, and pay off debt, listen to The Thought Card Podcast. Every other Thursday is a new podcast episode. I take the summers off to travel, of course. However, the summer is a great time to catch up on previous episodes – there are over 80 episodes in the archives right now. Seasons one, two, three, four, and five are waiting for you. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and more.
The Globetrotter Lounge
Lisette Austin, a.k.a. Jet Set Lisette is the creator and host of The Globetrotter Lounge Podcast. In 2012, Lisette was a web designer who learned how to travel hack. She earned millions of airline miles and hotel points that eventually saved her $100,000 in travel costs. Her award-winning podcast will motivate you with travel tips and recommendations. Stop dreaming about travel, and make it a reality in your life.
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How Not To Travel
Hosted by Dr. Kiona, How Not To Travel sheds a new light on traveling the world. Instead of talking about taking the most Instagram-worthy photos and the latest trendy destinations, Kiona goes deeper, talking about real topics where few other travel bloggers and podcasters dare to go.
She asks real questions about traveling, such as “Is it safe to travel now?” or “Is it possible to truly travel 100% sustainable?” These are the tough questions that a lot of travel influencers gloss over. This podcast is for you if you are looking for more meaningful travel and how your travels impact more than a square on Instagram.
Zero To Travel
If you are interested in traveling or working from anywhere, listen to Zero To Travel, hosted by Jason Moore. This podcast has been around since 2015 and has over 6.5 million downloads.
On the podcast, Jason interviews adventurous people living life on the road and continuously discovering new places. He aims to help you find new ways to travel endlessly. His guests share actionable advice and resources you can use right after listening to the show.
Zero To Travel covers everything from the best no-fee credit cards to use to get free travel to setting up an online business from anywhere. Jason and guests have also discussed fun travel jobs, living a digital nomad lifestyle, and more.
Jason is not just a host. He is an avid traveler too. Traveling for over 15 years, Jason was once a tour manager, and he is now a location-independent entrepreneur running his business on the fly.
Nubia Younge and Frantzces Lys are two middle-aged empty nesters who travel the world with purpose and passion. In early 2017, Nubia donated all of her belongings to charity and started her voyage to see the world. Today, she has traveled to over 47 countries and five continents.
Nubia’s co-host, Frantzces Lys, was a licensed social worker who felt burnt out. She went from having no travel experience in 2016 to traveling to 17 countries and living overseas in Thailand, Japan, and Indonesia.
Chronicles Abroad is a podcast about living, working, and traveling abroad. This show inspires young professionals 35 years old and up to travel with passion and purpose. Guests on the show are courageous, creative wanderers and digital nomads who share their travels and personal growth stories. Listeners are all over the world in 94 countries and the United States.
The Offbeat Life
Born in the Philippines, Debbie Arcangeles immigrated to the United States when she was eight. Although Debbie is a creator and loves the arts, she went to college to pursue a practical career. Immediately, Debbie disliked her major and left school after four months. She returned a few months later, but this time to study photography.
After college, Debbie’s love for photography led her to travel the world and work for NGOs in Central America, the Middle East, and Asia. Galleries around the globe showcased her pictures. Today, Debbie hikes beautiful trails and gets paid to travel the world. On her podcast, The Offbeat Life, Debbie teaches listeners how to launch online businesses and work from anywhere in the world.
Guests on The Offbeat Life have managed to ditch traditional 9 to 5 jobs in exchange for a location-independent lifestyle. They dive into how they created income on the road, moments that changed their lives, and ways they’ve overcome setbacks. This podcast is for everyone, but especially those seeking to become a remote entrepreneur.
Each week, Brian Kelly sits down with guests who are changing the way we travel. On Talking Points, Brian, a.k.a. The Points Guy, speaks with top executives in the travel industry, influencers, and folks on his staff. Listeners learn tips about maximizing loyalty programs, the latest travel trends, and becoming a smarter and more in-tune traveler.
Vacation Mavens is a family travel podcast offering destination guides, family travel tips, and parenting ideas on the go. Co-hosted by Kimberly Tate from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara Gruber from We3Travel, Vacation Mavens inspires you to jumpstart family vacation planning and tips to get you out the door. They tackle some great topics from travel with your autistic child to my episode, How to Save for Travel.
Location Indie Podcast
Location Indie Podcast is not just a podcast, it’s a community. People in the Location Indie community love to travel, build online businesses, and connect with other like-minded people. The group offers opportunities to collaborate with other members, learn from experts, travel perks, and more.
The podcast is unfiltered and dives into what a true digital nomads lifestyle entails. From Zero to Travel, Jason Moore and Travis “Trav” Sherry from Extra Pack of Peanuts co-host this show. The Location Indie Podcast packs tips about travel, business, working remotely, and more into short 30 minute episodes. Jason and Trav focus on the three freedoms: Location Freedom (work from anywhere), Time Freedom (do what you want, when you want), and Financial Freedom (ditching your 9 to 5 and only depending on yourself for money).
The Profitable Travel Blog Podcast
The Profitable Travel Blogger Podcast will teach you how to take your travel blogging business to the next level. The host Jessie Festa is a full-time travel blogger and coach. She’s worked with content creators to help them establish sustainable online businesses run from anywhere in the world.
I love that each episode is short. Plus, Jessie provides actionable tips for travel bloggers looking to get organized, grow, and monetize their travel blogs. If you’re a travel content creator, I highly recommend checking out this podcast. For more proven strategies for increasing your blogging income, check out the blog-to-business boot camp.
So, there you have it. These are my top 10 travel podcasts for you to enjoy. Check them out, and please let me know what you think. Do you have more good podcasts for road trips you’d recommend? Please share them by leaving a comment below.
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Danielle Desir is a financially savvy traveler, 5x author, and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27, and has traveled to 27 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her terms. Listen to The Thought Card Podcast here.