Audio & Podcasts

3 Adventure Travel Podcasts Worth Checking Out This Summer

Podcasts come and go pretty frequently, so good ones are worth keeping bookmarked, as smartphones make it easier than ever before to listen to on-demand radio shows as you travel or whenever else the opportunity arises.

Rather than overwhelm you with a massive listing that you’ll never get round to sifting through, here are three podcast suggestions on the topic of travel and adventure I’ve come across over the last few months, all of which are well worth checking out if you’re looking for new listening material on the theme of travel, adventure, expeditions and the great outdoors.

(You may notice that I’ve previously been invited as a guest on these shows; needless to say there are plenty of far more interesting contributors in their back catalogues whose episodes you can listen to as well!)

1. The Paul Kirtley Podcast

After working for one of the best-known bushcraft schools in the UK, bushcraft instructor Paul Kirtley set up his own school, Frontier Bushcraft, and now runs a highly successful blog on the subject of survival skills and outdoor living.

Paul is less interested in bushcraft for its own sake than as a set of skills for making journeys. And so don’t expect to find in-depth discussions on knife sharpening and firelighting. Instead, the interview-style podcast revolves around the stories of Paul’s adventurous contributors, what drives them, and what they’ve learned from their experiences.

His podcast is still quite new, but judging by the success of his first few episodes, which include interviews with hugely respected figures like Ray Goodwin, Tristan Gooley and Chris Townsend, I imagine it’ll quickly become one to watch. Or listen to. You know what I mean.

2. Zero To Travel

Jason Moore’s approach with Zero To Travel is focused on sharing the experiences and knowledge of seasoned travellers in order to help newcomers to the world of travel tackle their concerns and get started with their adventures, as well as those who want to transition to living on the road full time.

Also an interview-style podcast, Jason’s contributors are mainly experts on those topic which surround travel and adventure and enable it to happen more often, including travel hacking (for free and cheap flights and accommodation), self employment or so-called ‘digital nomadic’ living.

With over a hundred episodes to date and a five-star rating on iTunes, you won’t be running out of worthwhile listening material any time soon.

3. Walking The Earth

The host and creator of Walking The Earth, Mike Margolies, also set up his podcast to explore the full-time travel lifestyles of contributors around the world.

His approach is very open-minded – you’ll hear more about lifestyle philosophy and spirituality from his interviewees than travel tips and techniques.

Because of this, his show (now 72 episodes strong and counting) and the projects and passions of his contributors are hugely diverse and meandering.

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What’s your favourite travel and adventure podcast? Let us know in the comments.

Audio & Podcasts

Talking bicycle travel (and more) on Roz Savage’s Adventure Podcast


Last week I was honoured to be invited as a guest on a new adventure podcast series hosted by Roz Savage, ocean rower extraordinaire and all-round legend, cunningly entitled Roz Savage’s Adventure Podcast. (iTunes link / RSS link.)

My incomprehensible burblings comprised the series’ 7th episode, which has so far featured the likes of Al Humphreys, Dave Cornthwaite, Ray Zahab, and other figures more articulate, handsome and adventurous than I.

Roz is very good at probing the psychological and philosophical side of adventure. Here are a few of the things we chatted about:

02:45: How I went from bog-standard university graduate to penniless bicycle-flaneur in the first place.
04:00: The spirit of adventure, how these journeys will ruin your ego, and finding your place in the world.
06:45: How to begin a bicycle journey with 24 hours notice (or, ignoring the ‘what-ifs’).
08:45: Don’t fall at the first hurdle (i.e. don’t forget these 2 things).
11:00: One non-negotiable element of every satisfying story, and how to capture it on film.
13:45: Losing perspective (and how it helped), and the importance of creative outlets.
16:00: On the mindset required to shoot a film without it ruining your adventure (hint: it involves hats).
18:10: Dealing with introversion and the crucial role of honesty while laying your thoughts bare on camera.
20:20: Why casting yourself as a hero is a really bad way to earn the respect of an audience.
24:10: My next big adventure, explained in a woefully mysterious manner.
25:20: Lifestyle design, earning a living on the road, and the never-ending quest to strike the right balance.
28:30: The one piece of advice I’d give for getting started on your own dream adventure.

Check out the episode over on Roz’s blog, or listen now using the embedded player below.

If you liked what you heard, do consider subscribing via iTunes or the show’s RSS feed. The show is brand new, and your feedback, comments and ratings will all be hugely appreciated by Roz and the team behind it.

Audio & Podcasts

On Adventure Storytelling (and more) with Travis Sherry of the Podcast

Make do with what you've got

A little something for your listening pleasure this Thursday evening, now the nights are drawing in and those epic evening bike rides aren’t quite so tempting. (I apologise awfully, as always, to any alienated anti-autumnal Antipodeans. And also to any alliteration-averse Aussies.)

But enough with the terrifyingly bad wordplay. 

Audio & Podcasts Interviews

Philosophy Of Travel & The Making Of ‘Janapar’: An Interview With The Sprocket Podcast

Podcasts are to radio stations what blogs are to newspapers, and — as with all things online and unfiltered — good content bubbles to the surface through persistence and collective appreciation.

These varied and portable programmes are one of my favourite things to listen to (with one ear, naturally) during long bike rides. I’ve started to consider how the medium might be used for future projects after meeting and being inspired by the couple behind The Sprocket Podcast.