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Travel might be off the cards for the moment, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t invest some time in learning about new places, dreaming about future trips or even planning those bucket list adventures. With that in mind, Lonely Planet has rounded up some of the most informative and inspiring podcasts on all things travel that will be sure to help.

Listening to a podcast can be great entertaining or educational distraction while at home. Here are some of the best travel-themed ones we’ve found.

The Trip That Changed Me

Featuring conversations and interviews with people whose lives were quite literally changed by travel, The Trip That Changed Me covers everything from the beginnings of long-term romances to the foundation of businesses, and includes authors, entrepreneurs, creatives and activists.

The Travel Diaries

This weekly interview series sees entertainment and travel journalist Holly Rubenstein chatting to a special guest about their adventures around the world and the travel experiences and destinations that shaped their lives. Previous guests have included Poppy Delevingne, Jo Malone, Dan Snow, Dev Patel and Sir Richard Branson.

The perfect place to start is the most recent episode featuring an interview with Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler about how the company got started back in the 1970s.

Zero to Travel

While traveling and living nomadically for over a decade, Zero to Travel’s Jason Moore was continually amazed and inspired by people from all walks of life who found a way to see the world despite personal obstacles. He felt that sharing their stories and advice would be a good way to help others achieve their travel dreams, so in 2013 his podcast was born.

Episodes range from “How to Surround Yourself With What You Love” to “How to Overcome Travel Anxiety and Fear of Flying”.

JUMP with Traveling Jackie

Host Traveling Jackie explores lifestyle, adventure and travel in a way that aims to inspire listeners to get out and explore the world.

The episode Don’t forget to pack these five things is broken up into five categories (so 25 items in total) and has suggestions for adventure travellers (batting gloves for horseback riding, kayaking and paddle boarding, for instance), digital nomads (privacy screen and a portable charger), health-conscious people on the move (nutritional supplements) and the every-day traveller (reusable water bottles and earplugs).

As a frequent traveller, Jackie draws on her own experiences and knowledge to inform in a conversational way. Other episode themes include “How to Become Fluent in Any Language with Polyglot Benny Lewis”, “Walking the Camino de Santiago” and “How to Plan a Trip to Patagonia”.

Flight of Fancy

Hosted by Ben Groundwater, this podcast prides itself on being fun, funny and wise, and looks at and discusses travel under a diverse range of topics. Episodes include “Things That Surprise First-Time Visitors to Antarctica”, “How to Travel Without Ruining the Planet”, “Australia’s Amazing, Undisturbed, Outback” and “The Best Destinations for Solo Travellers”.

The Thought Card: A Travel Finance Podcast

A podcast with the budget traveller in mind, The Thought Card offers helpful advice on how to have a great time while spending less money in diverse destinations all over the world.

Each episode, Danielle Desir tackles a different topic, whether it’s giving “Practical Tips for Saving Money in Iceland” or “Exploring the Racial Wealth Gap”. Guests provide further insight on specialist subjects and destinations.

This article was first published on www.lonelyplanet.com.