The 7 Spotify Playlists & Podcasts To Help Ease Your Travel Itch

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It goes without saying that music really helps set the tone. Music affords a location its ambiance, gives it a mood, and can even be the decider on the overall vibe of a place. So while you’re in quarantine or under strict rules not to leave home, why not set the tone at your abode? And if you’re itching for meaningful conversation but can’t arrange a girly brunch at the moment, there are some inspired podcasts worth listening to as well.

Kick back with a drink (it’ll help if you happen to have those little colourful umbrellas in them), lounge on your balcony, or get some fresh air in the garden while listening to these holiday-themed playlists and podcasts on Spotify.

Island Vibes

With classics and favourites from Bob Marley, The Wailers, Jack Johnson, and even Enrique Iglesias, Island Vibes is a playlist of a whopping 202 songs. That’s 12 hours and 40 minutes of tropical tunes for your listening pleasure! With this playlist on in the background, it’ll always feel sunny indoors.

Winter Sounds

The jams on Winter Sounds are great for unwinding and are reminiscent of après-ski evenings curled up by a fire with a mug of hot cocoa. There are some upbeat tunes too though, such as LANY’s “Thick And Thin”, if your idea of what a winter holiday ought to be is fuelled by mulled wine and dancing.

Hip-Hop Drive

If hedonistic escapades to a city are more your kind of holiday, then you’re going to enjoy grooving to the tunes on Hip-Hop Drive. Upbeat, fast-paced, and full of funk (just like the cities we love), this playlist is jam-packed with fun numbers such as “What We Do” by Freeway and “Roc The Mic” by Beanie Siegel – basically the songs you’d have as the soundtrack to your cruise around the city.

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Crickets, Cicadas, & Frogs

Feeling the call of the wild? For our mountaineers, hikers, and all-around nature lovers, we’ve got Crickets, Cicadas, & Frogs. It has nearly three relaxing hours of tracks of nature sounds like “Peaceful Forest” by The Sleep Specialist and “Frog Pond” by Jeff Owens. Some people might think this one strange, but almost 20,000 playlist followers can’t be wrong.

Wild Ideas Worth Living

“Conversations with people who took the path less travelled and brought their wildest ideas to life,” – this is the description on Wild Ideas Worth Living’s page. That should be enough of a sell in itself, but to further pique your interest, the most recent guest on this podcast is Grammy-nominated artist Mike Posner who recently went on a 4,588-kilometre walk across the USA to find himself. This show is hosted by journalist Shelby Stranger.

The Thought Card: A Travel Finance Podcast

With new episodes every Thursday, host Danielle Desir gives her listeners tips on world travel, settling debt, and building your wealth so that you can reach your travel and financial goals. With so many industries and freelancers taking a hit because of COVID-19, now’s a good time to get financially-savvy with The Thought Card.

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Listen to the tales of fellow travel addicts that covers various travel topics like what we learn from our travels, anxiety and travel, and the fun in getting lost. Needless to say, The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is highly reflective. Hosted by Amanda Kendle, she also has some very noteworthy guests on her show, such as Lonely Planet Co-Founder Tony Wheeler.

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Tengku Zai
Going by the nickname Kuzai, the Kelantan native spent nearly a decade in the wonderful world of publishing, managing the beauty sections of glossies including ELLE and Harper’s BAZAAR. The wannabe yogi also suffers from an extreme case of wanderlust and really just works to eat, travel, and nurture a unicorn and Star Wars obsession.

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