It's confessional for Lottie, who hates podcasts.
Couchfish is fantastic and I'll check out those podcasts. I'd also recommend Alpaca My Bags. They might have what you call "faff" at the sort, but I love the rapport of the hosts, love hearing what they've been up to, and then I love their approach responsible travel which is informed without being hectoring or didactic.
Some great links here, thanks! :)
Hi Lottie, since you say you like audiobooks, I hope you’ll like mine when it comes out in February. I will remind you for sure.
Thanks for the plug—glad you enjoyed the piece! A big agree on the state on narrative travel ones—I listen to a lot of podcasts, across a broad range of subjects, but for travel, pretty much only interview style ones like Jeremy’s and industry stuff. The narrative ones I find too centred on “this is what I did today,” and so I tend to veer more towards history/culture/society-style ones where they’re looking at destinations I’m interested in, but yeah, unfortunately without the travel focus. The FT one you mention I only just discovered (through the Tom Robbins bit) but travel seems to be a sideline in it which is a shame as the Robbins one was the best one in their four-part travel thing.
I assure you that on my popular, long-running (17 years) Amateur Traveler podcast you will hear an answer to the first question well before 12 minutes. That would drive me crazy also. We talked about destinations, where to go. https://AmateurTraveler.com
Talk Travel Asia is the only travel podcast I usually listen to, although that may be because it's focussed on South-East Asia where I live. It does have a nice balance of interviewees and topics, though.
During covid, I joined with a group of LP writers to create two podcasts (we were scattered around the globe and I was in Guatemala). One is more traditional, but the other might be right up your alley. Check out episode #1 of Parallel lives: it'll take you to Montreal, Berlin and Beirut. https://soundcloud.com/user-406911568-262897818
The other podcast (six episodes) is: This Place, This Story: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KXRQ50PhPdVRoBXIHauhP
Thanks for the Travel Goals shout out. Luke and I work really hard to make sure it's well produced. :)
Thanks for the mention, Lottie. I can't disagree with you here. Though, I wonder if some of these so-called "travel" podcasts are really "lifestyle" ones (a few come to mind). And a number of them are designed to be "service oriented," so listening to an episode about a destination I'm not planning on visiting is a snooze-fest. Though, a good host (and guest) might make the discussion more entertaining (Rick Steves comes to mind). I think Travel Writing World might be more about literature than travel, though I'll leave these judgements to others. In any case, thanks for the note and the anxiety-inducing subject line. ;)
As a travel podcaster myself -- I don’t listen to many other travel shows for some of the exact reasons you mentioned.
I hope financially savvy travelers don’t find The Thought Card Podcast boring 😧
In case anyone cares to listen: https://pod.link/1434482532
I also really enjoy The Offbeat Life by Debbie Arcangeles.
I agree with you that a lot of travel podcasts are boring. Maybe you want to check out my English episodes of AUDIOTRAVELS https://audiotravels.podbean.com/category/06-podcasts-in-english .
AUDIOTRAVLES is Germany’s longest running storytelling travel podcast since 2011.
All the best, Henry