Six inspiring travel podcasts
Explore and escape with our pick of audio adventures that will transport you to new worlds
If you’re in the mood for atmospheric fiction, you can’t do better than this. Some of our greatest writers read short stories inspired by their stays in Mandarin Oriental hotels: think former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman in Paris, William Boyd in Tokyo and Sarvat Hasin in London.
The First Mile
Another 2020 launch, this immersive podcast from adventure journalists Ash Bhardwaj and Pip Stewart has field recordings from their travels alongside interviews with some of the world’s keenest travellers, such as Monisha Rajesh and Levison Wood.
The Travel Diaries
This series of evocative interviews from journalist Holly Rubenstein will have you plotting your next adventure, as big names such as Heston Blumenthal, Jo Malone and Simon Reeve share their eight most memorable adventures – think Desert Island Discs, but with travel.
This thoughtful podcast from Alastair Humphreys always leaves you better than when you found it thanks to interviews with fascinating people about what adventure means to them, from four mums rowing the Atlantic to a pro sandcastle builder.
We Travel There
If you really want to get under the skin of a specific place before you travel, Lee Huffman’s podcast is the way to do it. Each episode focuses on one city, and Huffman speaks to locals to get the insider scoop on the best places to visit to experience it from a local perspective.
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