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.
  • Wash­ing­ton Trav­el­cast iTunes Feed Web Site
    • A week­ly walk­ing tour of the US capi­tol.

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