Hope is not lost for all the bold and beautiful jet-setters stuck at home. There are a lot of ways you can keep your wanderlust on fire, and if you’re too busy to read travelogues or devote your attention to Netflix documentaries—travel podcasts can save the day. They can give you an extra dose of inspiration without much disruption to your work or chore. Just wear your favorite headphones, block out negativity, and fill your head with voices of fellow women carrying stories and lessons from their travels.
We’ve handpicked the best travel podcasts for female travelers below, which are all available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.
Women Who Travel
Led by Condé Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey, Women Who Travel is a spin-off from the 150,000 member-strong Facebook group of the same name. The podcast explores various aspects of travel and adventure from women’s perspectives, including female solo travel, food, and moving abroad.
She Explores is the perfect travel podcast for women who love outdoor and nature adventures. Backpacking, camping, and mountaineering are very frequent themes, interwoven with more intimate topics such as environmental conservation, feminism, and motherhood.
One of the recent episodes offers practical tips on self-defense, while another taps on creativity through outdoor photography.
Started by another wilderness lover, Willow Belden, Out There tells poignant tales of triumph and transformation from the great outdoors. Stories go deeper than practical tips and guides; rather, the podcast underlines the more human, unembellished aspects of traveling.
A recent episode The Stories We Carry shares a woman’s lessons learned from road walking and dealing with the fear of being “vulnerable.” Listen to it with these decadent lava cakes.
Let’s Go Together
Let’s Go Together Is a fairly new podcast by another renowned travel publication Travel + Leisure. It features a diverse roster of guests with a lot of inspiring travel stories to tell, from female travelers of color and LGBTQ explorers to people with disabilities and mental illness.
Some of our favorites so far include the story of host Kellee Edwards herself, where she talks about being a black female pilot, and Jesse Billauer who conquered Machu Picchu in a wheelchair.
The Offbeat Life
Hosted by US-based Filipino immigrant Debbie Arcangeles, The Offbeat Life delves into the exciting concept of location independence. Rather than featuring travel stories and destinations, the podcast focuses on the journeys and lifestyles of remote workers and entrepreneurs. If you dream of being a digital nomad, Debbie offers invaluable advice from exploring suitable careers to overcoming your fears.
Indulge in this Basque burnt cheesecake while listening to the podcast!