Admit it: as fun as traveling the world is, it's the long-haul flights, country-to-country train rides, and road trips that tire you out. Even though you're mainly seated for a long period of time, it's as if your energy is being drained. How did it get so exhausting? Well, it's probably because your mind is letting you look for something to do. If you can't focus on one single thing while you're in transit, you'll get tired by the end of the trip. So why not just listen to a podcast instead? Here are a few worth listening to while traveling!
Brought to you by TED, 'Sincerely, X' is all about the most riveting life stories shared by anonymous individuals. Just like the famous TED Talks, the podcast serves as a podium for those troubled with what they've gone through to share everything and lay it all out there for all the world to listen. Think former cult members who got out alive, sex workers who talk about their profession, and more. Hosted by Sarah Kay, you get treated to all sorts of tales that people actually experienced, many of which are far too out there that it's a good thing you're listening to it while you're already sitting down.
The Memory Palace
If you're a history buff, you'll love listening to 'The Memory Palace' while you're on a plane or riding the train. Talking about all sorts of stories from the past, you get to know many events that happened all around the world, as if you're touring a huge history museum from the comforts of your own passenger seat. These are tales and stories that you won't find in Paris' famous museums or the universities in London. The history laid out in this podcast goes far beyond that places can archive. Some of which are fascinating anecdotes you probably didn't know you needed to hear!
The NoSleep Podcast
Have trouble sleeping during your flight? Or is it that you're so bored that not even sleeping will do? In any case, it'd do you some good to keep the blood flowing, so why not listen to some horror stories instead? 'The NoSleep Podcast' offers the most thrilling scary stories that are far beyond what you've ever heard around a campfire. Ranging from paranormal activities to legendary monsters and a few urban legends thrown in the mix, you'll wish you actually slept instead of listening to these horrific tales. More so when the voice actors behind the podcast amp up the horror factor tenfold!
Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!
It's always fun to play a game no matter where you are. However, there are those who'd get a headache if they read or focus on a board game or mobile app while in transit. So instead of playing the game yourself, why not just listen to it? The NPR and WBEZ Chicago weekly podcast, 'Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!' turns a trivia game show into a podcast packed with all sorts of fascinating tidbits, current events, and more. It's recorded with an actual studio audience, making the 'game show' vibe feel even more authentic.
Although the way you fight with your siblings may not be as funny, listening to two RuPaul's Drag Race winners, Bob The Drag Queen & Monét X Change, will have you wheezing until you get to your destination. These two world-famous drag queens will duke it out in debates of all sorts of topics under the sun. With full-blown arguments, gay slang, profanities, and more, both will go to the highest heavens just to ensure one of them comes out on top. However, despite the many curse words they throw at each other, and no matter how intense their arguments may sound, they're all in good fun.
It's easy to get bored when you're traveling and oftentimes, it ruins your mood even before your actual trip has started. So to prevent that, why not listen to any or all of these podcasts to keep you up while in transit. Some will have you at the edge of your seat while others are just too funny to pass up!