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Why listen to travel podcasts?

Podcasts are growing in popularity, as the ease of their availability and the quality and breadth of content increases. Just today at work I had a conversation with six of my coworkers and we were spouting out our favorite podcasts and hosts as if they were popular television programs. Podcasts are perfect for commuting, jogging, roadtrips, or (in my case) doing the dishes. I listen to a lot of podcasts covering a wide variety of topics, but it was travel podcasts that got me started.

There’s something very special and personal about someone talking directly into your ear, especially about a topic that you’re passionate about. For me, there’s really no better way to travel vicariously, or become inspired to travel. Listening to travel podcasts can teach you ninja travel tricks, put a new destination on your radar, and expand your global view. Listed below are five of my favorite podcasts, each with something unique to offer.

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Recently, I have become interested in microlending. Wow, as I just typed that in my word processor, it showed up with a squiggly red line under it. Let’s change that.

After receiving my hard-earned geography degree (don’t laugh Prof. Linderman), I started making a bit more money mapping the floodplains of Iowa. I wanted to use a bit of this extra income to give back, if at least indirectly, to the places that have touched me most in my travels. If you’re reading this, you haven’t experienced the kind of crushing poverty that exists on this small, beautiful, but sometimes cruel planet. Or maybe you have, and have found a way to rise up – but chances are it wasn’t alone.

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Hey travelers, I wanted to share with you an awesome opportunity I had to talk about the importance of global travel in the context of poverty and disease. I was recently invited to be part of the discussion panel on the program WorldCanvass. This program is produced by the University of Iowa’s International Programs and is filmed in front of a live audience with host Joan Kjaer. The topic of discussion for this episode of the program was “The Tenacious Cycle of Poverty, Hunger, and Disease.”

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Rose and I in Malaysia

Rose and I in Malaysia

Hello, travelers! Welcome to Your Travel Path. This site is just getting started, so thank you for checking it out so early in its development. There are going to be many changes to this site in the coming months and years to be sure. For now, be sure to check out our daily travel photo collection. These are our own travel photos taken on our travel path (so far). Stay tuned for information about the Your Travel Path podcast, which will be coming very soon, here. I’ve got lots of great ideas to make this site an awesome and inspiring travel resource. Your Travel Path’s Global Sounds section will cover amazing bands and musicians from all over the world. In the Wanderer’s Wishlist section, we will discover together extraordinary places all across the globe. Check soon for the travel map section, where you can browse topics and content on the site on a clickable world map. The Resources section will be a one-stop shop for planning your next trip. Most of all, however, I look forward to Your Travel Path being a community of travelers, or soon-to-be travelers. We can share our stories, lessons, and tips. Share your art, music, or poetry. Inspire others or be inspired by the stories and photographs of the growing Your Travel Path community.  I’m really looking forward to providing awesome travel-related content, and learning and growing along the way. Thank you so much for being a part of Your Travel Path so early along its path. Safe travels everyone, and we will see you out there on your travel path!

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