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9 Brilliant Podcasts to Brighten Up Your Day

If you like to listen to something while you commute, relax in the bath, travel or do the washing up, we’ve got 9 brilliant podcasts that are just the job. On a range of subjects, from books to architecture, there is something for everyone in this list. Episodes range from short bursts (perfect for listening to while you’re folding the linen) to longer segments that really delve deep into a topic. Wherever you are, you will want one of these to hand.

Brilliant podcast for travel

1.Moth Podcast

Fascinating stories recounted to a live audience. Little snippets of true life explored, shattered and exposed. Wonderful.

2.Backlisted Podcast

This charming podcast explores books from the backlists: forgotten, overlooked or just no longer newsworthy. The hosts provide an amazing amount of literary knowledge as well as hearty helpings of banter with their guests. Guaranteed to inspire you to pick up a book.

3.On Being with Krista Tippett

These in-depth episodes examine the big questions of what it means to be alive. From discussions with scientists, theologians, writers and musician, Krista Tippett unpicks important issues in a thoughtful, engaging way. One for when you are feeling lost or anxious about the world.

4.Dear Sugar

Hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond offer advice on all sorts of issues and problems. Strayed, best-selling author of Wild, gives suggestions and help in a refreshingly honest and straight-talking way, for example: ‘“Forgiveness doesn’t sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.”

5.Hashtag Authentic

This new podcast is aimed at creatives, bloggers and Instagrammers and offers advice on all aspects of pursuing an online career whilst not selling out. Hosted by Insta-queen Sara Tasker, this is a gentle, informative and inspiring podcast.

6.99% Invisible

For all those interested in design and architecture, this fascinating podcast examines the often overlooked design that is all around us, and explores how it shapes the world we live in.

7.Splendid Table

Crammed full with culinary delights this podcast, previously hosted by food writer and radio journalist Lynne Rossetto Kasper, will get your tastebuds tingling. Can’t wait to see what the new presenter, Francis Lam, dishes up for us!

8.Modern Love

If you haven’t heard any of these beautiful stories then you must rectify that immediately. Based on the New York Times Modern Love column, these weekly episodes reveal heart-rending stories read as essays by well-known actors and personalities.

9.The Slow Home

Host Brooke McAlary explores how to live life more slowly and intentionally. With different guests who all have a similar outlook on life, there is much to inspire and enlighten about living well in our 24/7 world.

So, grab your MP3 player, slap on your headphones and tune into something that might just change your life.


For ideas on what else to take on your travels beside your headphones, go here.

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