Road trips are a great way to see the country and take a different means of traveling. Sometimes these road trips can seem a little daunting and drag on longer than you expect, but it does make the perfect time to start binge-listening to a podcast.
If you’re on a road trip adventure and need something good to listen to along the way, here are some of our perfect recommendations.
If you love adventuring and everything that goes with it, this podcast is great to tune into. The podcast dives into a lot of stuff when it comes to the great outdoors including some amazing rescues, what it is really like to be on Naked and Afraid, and you can get first-hand experiences from endurance athletes. People love the podcast’s “science of survival” episodes the most.
Running From Cops
The mastermind behind Missing Richard Simmons is back with season three of Headlong. Dan Taberski dives deep into the fandom behind the show COPS. Taberski talks about the cultural impact of how people perceive policing in America, and the show is even up for a Peabody Award this year.
Alice Isn’t Dead
If listening to books on tape is your thing, you will love this fiction podcast created by ” Welcome to Night Vale. Alice Isn’t Dead is a thriller that begins immediately when we start the podcast. The narrator, who is a truck driver, tells you that you’re not listening to a story; instead, you’re on a road trip. You follow the truck driver as she looks for her missing wife and finds more details each episode.
Hosted by Dax Shepard, this cult-favourite podcast discusses the messiness that is being a human. Shepard interviews his friends, and other celebs, like Alicia Keys, Katie Couric, Van Hunt, and Judd Apatow and each episode is long, like two hours long. Topics can range from sex, mental illness, and honest chatting. The show is not friendly for kids, but it is excellent to listen to if you’re on a long trip.
Award-winning journalist Laura Beil reports on a neurosurgeon who fails to protect his clients when their treatment goes wrong and how the health system fails them as well. The podcast is slightly different than your typical serial killer podcast, but it will still leave you with chills. It is also available in eight other languages.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
If you love history, tune into this podcast that talks about exactly what it sounds like, stuff you missed in history class. The podcast is hosted by Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey who discuss great things throughout history like a woman who helped with war efforts during Gettysburg’s Battle or a large worker’s strike in Canada. There are a ton of episodes that will leave you with a little more education.
BingeMode is great for binging, mainly because it discusses pop culture phenomena and really dives into huge influential franchises. Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion host the podcast, and they discuss everything. Some episodes have tackled Game of Thrones, and they recently wrapped a 70-episode discussion on Harry Potter.
Latina to Latina
Alicia Menendez hosts this podcast, including Latina guests like Cristela Alonzo, Gina Rodriguez, and UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces. The podcast discusses life, challenges, and successes, all while being a woman of color in the world. The episodes are 30 minutes long, and the podcast has been around since 2018, so you have a lot to listen to.
Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fisher host this podcast dedicated to the popular sitcom, one which they starred on, The Office. The pair re-watch the series in chronological order and share never before heard anecdotes about filming, and some special guests make appearances.
Ear Hustles takes you into the prison system and what life is like once you leave it. The thirty-minute episodes tell stories from inmates that are funny, intimate, and heart-wrenching. The podcast was founded by Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, who both were incarcerated at San Quentin. The podcast is in its fifth season and the current season is a finalist for the inaugural Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting.
These podcasts are great to listen to when you’re on a long road trip or a slightly longer commute. Each podcast is different and unique, and there is a little bit of something for everyone on this list. All the podcasts have been around for a little bit of time, so you have numerous episodes you can binge and enjoy while in the car. If you love these podcasts, check out some of these fantastic true crime podcasts you can listen to.