A road trip is only as good as the people you share it with, right? But even if you share it with great people, it can get pretty dull if you aren’t listening to the right things.
I’m personally a fan of listening to podcasts on road trips. Whether I’m driving a long distance alone for work or across the state with Sean, there are always great podcasts to listen to and kill some time on the seemingly endless drives through the middle of nowhere.
So what are the best podcasts for road trips? Here are my suggestions.
Sean introduced me to this podcast a few years ago, and I was super skeptical at first. It was the first time I had heard of podcasts, and I didn’t really get the concept. But he forced me to listen to some, and I fell in love.
Josh and Chuck, who work for HowStuffWorks.com, talk about a certain topic for anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. They’re super interesting, and call themselves out if they make any mistakes. I love that they are a maximum of an hour, because you can pick and choose which topics you’d like to listen to for your road trip. It’s very versatile, and new episodes come out twice per week, so there’s never a shortage.
This podcast is also from HowStuffWorks.com, but it’s more of a specified podcast than SYSK. Cristen and Caroline (formerly Cristen and Molly) talk about lots of different feminist issues and other things “mom never told you,” so to speak. It’s super interesting and I’m always learning new stuff from these ladies.
Plus, Cristen does awesome videos all the time, and she just has a great personality in general. I want to be her best friend.
If you haven’t heard of Serial, you might be living under a rock. It’s a 12-episode podcast that discusses the real-life murder case of Hae Min Lee and the man convicted for her murder, ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. His friends don’t think he did it, but he’s spent the last sixteen years in jail for it, so narrator Sarah Koenig investigates the murder and the trial.
It’s investigative journalism at its best. What really stands out to me is the flaws with the American justice system. Whether or not Adnan committed the crime, I think we can all agree that the case was handled poorly.
I don’t want to point out any “favorite episodes,” because they’re meant to be listened to in order. The whole thing is awesome, though, so we can just say they’re all my favorite.
*I love both SYSK and SMNTY, so I’ve gone back and started listening to them from the very beginning. I haven’t made it far enough yet, so a lot of the more recent episodes aren’t included when I say “my favorite.”
What are your favorite podcasts? I always enjoy finding new ones, so let me know in the comments!