There is nothing better than traffic, flight delays and crowded airports to quench your holiday spirit. And if you're one of the millions of Americans traveling this holiday seasonyou'll have to expect more crowds, delays, and all-round travel headaches at this time of year.
Although you may not have control over the weather, traffic, or seemingly endless snakes at the airport, you can make sure that you at least hear something that entertains you and helps lift your spirits (or distract you at least from the craziness!). That's whyare the perfect travel companion. Podcasts are one of the best forms of portable entertainment because you can listen to them everywhere and they are free. You can even download it to your phone and listen when you're offline or have no mobile service (like in the air).
Podcasts There's something for every topic. Below is a curated list of the most popular podcasts from the top charts of Apple podcasts and Spotify podcasts. Each podcast comes from the top 20 list (with one exception) and is chosen because it is especially binge-worthy (great for long rides or train rides) or entertains you and makes you laugh. And who could not use a good laugh in the midst of travel stress?
If you were obsessed with Dirty John's criminal podcast, then Detective Trapp, is a must (currently the No. 1 in the Apple podcast charts). LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard (who also wrote and told Dirty John) returns with another exciting series.
The podcast follows investigator Julissa Trapp, the only homicide investigator in Anaheim, California. She is known for confessing murderers and for her less than traditional questioning tactics – all things that require entertaining listening.
If you watch the documentary "Will You Be My Neighbor?" Loved by 2018, you'll love to find Fred too. The show describes the life of Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers) and the progressive and interesting private life he led behind the scenes, many of which did not know anything until the last few years.
Dolly Parton is one of the most popular American celebrities and icons of our time. If you have ever wondered why she is such a celebrated personality, listen to this show that includes everything you need to know about her life, her career, and her rise to fame. The podcast is so popular that it was recently turned into a Netflix series.
Dax Shepard is one of the most famous (albeit unexpected) podcast presenters of the present. I've had the show recommended by several people and recently they finally listened to me – I have to say that I was impressed with their guest line-up. Expect funny and honest interviews with countless of your favorite stars like Kate Hudson, Bill Hader and Emilia Clarke.
Regular episodes and interviews with his wife, actress Kristen Bell. The consequences can be longer, which is great for delays when traveling or if you need some time.
What you should know
Why not learn something new while killing time at the airport? If you feel like learning more about virtually any topic, listen to what you should know. One of the co-hosts is an author at HowStuffWorks.com and both hosts know a thing or two about how to entertain you and teach you interesting things.
Ronan Farrow, journalist and son of Mia Farrow, is one of the reporters accused of Harvey Weinstein's case. If you are interested in learning the back story and learning how it has developed, listen to this show. The show is not just about Weinstein; It explores the systems that have protected historically powerful figures like Weinstein, even though they were accused of horrible crimes.
Amy Schumer joins friends to discuss everything from politics to culture and more. While you can not listen to the car in the car with the whole family (if you have ever seen Schumer getting up, this is no surprise). But if you're a fan of Schumers humor, this podcast is a welcome listening experience on holiday transit.
Answer All is one of the top rated podcasts and has nearly 20,000 reviews on Apple. Even if the show is technically about the Internet, it's about so much more. Think about stories about life, culture and people. Every story deals randomly with the Internet, like a strange incident with Snapchat or YouTube.
If you've ever wondered why people do what they do, read the NPR podcast Hidden Brain. The show explores the things that drive human behavior and how they unconsciously influence our way of life. Listen, if you are looking for empathy for vacation and madness.
Hosted by queer-eye star Johnathan Van Ness, Getting Curious is currently not represented in the top 20 charts, but I've included it in this list because it's my personal go-to podcast for Travel is. I hate flying and have found Van Ness's podcast to be one of the few things that can distract me from turbulence or an unpleasant flight. I always download a new episode before I fly, because Van Ness can make me laugh faster (or, to be honest, make you cry) faster than any podcast presenter I've heard.
The show covers a variety of topics – everything that Van Ness is curious about – from politics to history to the rescue of kittens. Van Ness is entertaining, witty and modest and he is a great natural interviewer (he's also a professional hairdresser, which makes sense if you think about it!).
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