Whether embarking on a road trip or flying to an overseas location, traveling often involves long hours of transportation. Make the trip a delight with these five excellent audio series.
According to Cntraveler.com, “Invisibilia” is an NPR-sponsored podcast that complements long road trips with vast landscapes. True to its Latin name, the podcast focuses on intangible forces that impact human actions. Hanna Rosin, Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel co-host the program which fuses science and storytelling.
It is perfect for any thoughtful person with broad interests who appreciates cross-disciplinary discussions. “Invisibilia” provides an engaging listen that will make any journey seem shorter.
Travel can be educational by broadening your experiences; why not broaden your sense of empathy as well? “Strangers,” as suggested by Uproxx.com, is one of the best podcasts to do just that. Hosted and produced by Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and former director of “The Moth,” this series features a range of topics. It spotlights personal stories of hope, heartbreak, suffering and beyond.
This podcast promises to impart you with a new perspective on life. “Strangers” pairs well with trips that are rugged and awe-inspiring, like the Grand Canyon or Glacier National Park.
For connoisseurs of international music, “Afropop Worldwide” is a great pick for an audio travel companion, as recommended by Cntraveler.com. Ever since it launched in 1988, the series features Latin American, Caribbean and African music to expand the musical tastes of American listeners. Public Radio’s host Georges Collinet hosts this offering which is currently broadcast via 110 stations in the U.S. and via Radio Multikulti in Europe and Africa. Whether you’re traveling somewhere locally or abroad, this podcast will immerse you in ethnic music and make you feel like you’ve traveled in other lands.
Any music fans will connect with “Song Exploder,” a podcast where musicians share sound clips from and the stories behind their most famous hits. From pop music to alternative rock and everything in between, this series provides a great option for a musical diversion on your trip—especially for those moments when you need a break from listening to nonstop radio or your usual playlists.
Hear The Killers tell the story behind their song “Rut,” or listen to Lorde give the lowdown on her song “Sober.” With more than 100 episodes, you’re sure to find at least a few to pique your interest. Uproxx.com recommends “Song Exploder” when navigating to music-focused hubs like Nashville, Tennessee, or Austin, Texas.
Fans of HBO’s “The Jinx” should check out “Crimetown,” the podcast from the same creators. Esquire.com gives rave reviews of this series that highlights the crime culture of American cities. Season one targets Providence, Rhode Island, one of the corrupt hotspots of the nation. Co-hosted by Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling, travelers can experience the blurry moral landscape of Providence, a location teeming with corrupt mobsters and shady cops. This podcast would go well with a trip to Rhode Island or any urban city.
Any of these five aural feasts are sure to mentally transport you while you trek to new locations.