Turn Your iPod into a Travel Guide: 20 Travel Podcasts


Over the past year, we’ve seen a steady supply of new travel podcasts coming online. Some are produced by the publishers of major travel guides; others by passionate individual travelers. Many are in video, some even in HD. These podcasts will generally help you travel much more knowledgeably. And, in most cases, they’ll say something about a travel destination that a traditional guide never could. This collection will grow over time. You can find it housed permanently in our Podcast Library located on the top right of each page. (There you can also find our collection of Free Language Lessons, which will be handy, too, for your travels.)

  • A Year in Europe iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A well reviewed podcast. “Scott and Sheryl quit their jobs and sold their home. Now they’re on a year-long excursion through Europe where they’re exploring the places they’ve read about and dreamed of visiting. Follow them on their journey as they experience the cultures, art and history they find fascinating.”
  • Amateur Travel Podcast – Video iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Focuses on travel stories with a dash of travel news, travel tips and travel resources. And, yes, as the title suggests, it’s in video.
  • Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations iTunes Web Site
    • Produced by the Travel Channel, this video podcast combines travel with the love of food.
  • Beautiful Places (iPod/iTunes) iTunes Download Web Site
    • This video podcast focuses on the great outdoors. Destinations explored here include Big Sur, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park, etc. You can find an HD version of the podcast here.
  • Big in Taiwan HD iTunes Feed Web Site
    • These videos highlight the people, culture, sights & sounds of Taiwan.
  • Copenhagen Podwalks iTunes Web Site
    • Podcasts that will get you around Denmark’s capital.
  • Discover France with Sebastien iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Gives you a good look at French towns. In video.
  • Finding America iTunes Feed Web Site
    • See the real America in video. Travel every major road in the USA and see the country from something other than a glossy, manufactured perspective.
  • Frommer’s Podcast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Travel info from Kelly Regan, editorial director of Frommer’s Travel Guides, and David Lytle, editorial director of Frommers.com. So far audio only. (It’s curious that the big publishers are producing less dynamic podcasts than the small guys are.)
  • Inside Grand Canyon iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Learn about Grand Canyon National Park with a park ranger as your guide. This is a video podcast.
  • iPod Traveler iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Two Londoners give you their personal look at Europe. This audio podcast was discontinued in 2007, but the extensive archive remains.
  • Italy From the Inside iTunes Web Site
    • A native Italian tells first-time travelers how to make the most of Italy. Some in audio; some in video.
  • Let’s Travel Radio iTunes Feed Web Site
    • An internet travel radio show that takes you to the four corners of the world. Features talks with globetrotters, artists, chefs and musicians.
  • Lonely Planet Travelcasts iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Produced by one of the leading travel guide publishers, these podcasts are very international in scope. Audio only.
  • London Landscape TV HD iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A visual HD guide to the great city of London.
  • Samantha Brown: Passport to Latin America iTunes Web Site
    • Produced by the Travel Channel, this well-reviewed video podcast often focuses on Central and South America, which is something that’s hard to find …. at least so far.
  • Unabellavista: How to Tour Italy iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Learn about Italy’s art, history, architecture, food, and language. In audio.
  • Walks of a Lifetime iTunes Feed Web Site
    • Produced by National Geographic Traveler. “Stroll across the world, from crowded city centers to rustic country routes, with travel expert Rudy Maxa in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s selection of the world’s greatest walking tours.” In audio.

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  1. Anne Frid de Vries says . . . | January 27, 2008 / 11:39 pm

    There is also the Washington Travelcast
    http://washingtontravelcast.com/

  2. Talking Website says . . . | January 28, 2008 / 10:13 am

    Thanks for the post. Great travel podcasts.

  3. Chris Christensen says . . . | January 29, 2008 / 11:00 pm

    Thanks for the kind mention.

    Chris Christensen
    Amateur Traveler podcast – http://AmateurTraveler.com
    Tripinator – Travel 2.0 – http://tripinator.com

  4. bal says . . . | March 29, 2008 / 12:55 am

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  5. dziant says . . . | April 14, 2008 / 12:21 am

    Well there’s another service which is free to use for all iPod owners: http://www.dziant.com. It let’s you add a huge range of information to your iPod. It’s very easy to use, it’s free and with only 4 steps you have as many information from as many cities on you iPod. Add general information, sights, airlines, hotels, rental car companies and much more. Visit http://www.dziant.com/section/tour and see how little it takes to make your iPod a lot smarter.

  6. Julie says . . . | October 2, 2008 / 2:51 am

    Why not try the audio trails and tours portal http://www.audioguide2go.com and download and compare tours and walks yourself.You can even leave a review.

    The portal brings together all the ipod and mobile walks,tours,trails and guides available on the web.

    There is an easy search function by map or keyword and all the available existing audio tours are listed.Many are free or for a nominal sum depending on the orginal producer.

  7. Roger Thompson says . . . | November 18, 2008 / 10:48 pm

    One of my favorite travel podcast is Travel in 10- it’s a ten minute show featuring luxury and adventure travel

    Travel in 10 Podcast
    http://www.travelin10.com

  8. YosemiteSteve says . . . | February 7, 2009 / 5:01 pm

    Check out Yosemite Nature Notes, video podcast series!

    http://www.nps.gov/photosmultimedia/ynn/htm

    and follow them on twitter @YoseNatureNotes

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  10. David Brodie says . . . | August 2, 2009 / 1:05 pm

    Thanks for including Travel in 10 on your list! Glad you enjoy it.

    David
    ——
    Travel in 10: 10 Minute Travel Podcast

    http://www.travelin10.com

  11. Tech, Web, How to, Internet, Computer, Free Software, Tips, Make Money Online with AhTim says . . . | October 13, 2009 / 2:14 am

    iPod Touch as Travel Guide…

    var fbShare = {url: ”, title: ”} With cheap ticket from AirAsia, we are travelling more especially young ones. Self tour or backpackers are so common nowadays. I wish to have my own self tour experience too.
    Am targeting ShenZhen, ZhuHai and Hong…

  12. Tripsay says . . . | November 4, 2009 / 10:54 pm

    Online Travel Guide

    When preparing for a trip, the most significant thing to do is to plan ahead. Online Travel Guide is the best assistant in helping you enjoy a carefree journey. First and foremost, look online for the climate and the temperature of the destination you are about to explore. The climate information will make your wardrobe packing easier by telling what all clothing take along. Various other necessities include surfing of sightseeing and local mode of travel. Budgeting through online guide for food and bed can be easily done through internet. Check all your legal documents through online mode such as ticket, travel agent or the agency. Through internet, it is always advisable to collect all the vital information required for that particular destination.

  13. ESL says . . . | November 16, 2009 / 3:12 am

    Language study abroad

    Studying abroad is an option that offers growth in knowledge as well as exciting travel experience. To study abroad, you simply need to choose a language which you want to learn. Then you need to finalize the destination that you want to go to. After the destination has been finalized, you can choose from the various schools which offer language courses. For all this, you can avail the free advice services of ESL.

  14. Android Game says . . . | May 1, 2010 / 8:33 am

    Oh this topic… Thanks for the kind mention.

    Chris Christensen

    Amateur Traveler podcast –

    <A href=”http://AmateurTraveler.com” rel=nofollow>http://AmateurTraveler.com

    Tripinator – Travel 2.0 –

    <A href=”http://tripinator.com” rel=nofollow>http://tripinator.com

    Nice to visit your site. Wish you post another good topic like this. I will wait to read it.

  15. World Travel Guide Online says . . . | May 12, 2010 / 3:35 am

    nice information about travel guide

  16. Richard says . . . | June 30, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    Great Idea, a walking talking travel guide. What are the best hotel booking apps available for the iphone at the moment, in your opinion?

  17. Anonymous says . . . | March 25, 2011 / 10:58 am

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  18. Emmi Bances says . . . | April 19, 2011 / 5:31 am

    IPOD and IPHONE has been like the right and left hand to me…..Just cant travel without them.

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  19. Travle Guide says . . . | April 29, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    It was a great fun, to be a part of your post. It provides a lots of great information about all, and in a very simple manner. Good job dear.

  20. Roofing Portland says . . . | July 12, 2011 / 7:50 am

    Incredible .. Rick Steve’s Europe videos, Informative colorful..now we can’t wait to go!

  21. ramana says . . . | August 26, 2011 / 5:55 am

    so nice thanq

  22. Maertl says . . . | April 11, 2012 / 2:36 pm

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  23. Maertl says . . . | April 11, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    It is apparent that studying foreign languages is one of the most enriching experiences considering that you get a chance to study different languages besides your native language. On the other hand, it is also important to note that one of the best ideas of studying languages is practicing what you learn every other day.
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  24. Franz says . . . | September 17, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    Please consider adding my travel stories podcast.

    http://www.traveltradeexchange.com

    Franz

  25. Taylor says . . . | August 24, 2013 / 10:12 am

    Don’t forget the new US City Traveler Podcast!

  26. Ian at Love Affair Travel says . . . | October 14, 2013 / 12:04 am

    Can you add the Love Affair Travel Podcast to the list? nnhttp://www.loveaffairtravel.com/ep2

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