Squeezing in time for research and self-development isn’t always easy. With all the best intentions, you’re already trying to get ten things done at once – and don’t necessarily want to add more to your to-do list.
It’s why podcasts can be a great way for busy travel managers to digest new information, as easy access via smartphones means you can listen in at any time. Listening to podcasts is a growing trend. Research by Edison Research found that 21% of all US internet users frequently listened to podcasts in 2016, up from 17% in 2015.
Whether you’re commuting, working out at the gym or plowing through a pile of admin, podcasts are perfect for keeping up to date with industry trends and finding new sources of inspiration. Here are seven podcasts to help kick-start your podcast habit:
1 The Skift Podcast
The Skift Podcast is essential listening for anyone interested in the big trends shaping the future of travel. It brings together senior leaders from across the travel industry, to discuss and debate the issues at hand. Recent episodes have covered topics ranging from the true cost of cheap flights through to the evolution of modern hotels.
Brought to you by frequent business traveller Mark Peacock, TravelCommons has been serving up pithy travel advice since 2005. Now at over 130 episodes, there’s certainly a lot of listening hours to keep you entertained. And, as one iTunes reviewer puts it, the podcast has me ‘laughing out loud from a center seat in coach.’
3 The Airline Weekly Lounge
Specifically focused on the airline industry, The Airline Weekly Lounge is ideal for anyone looking seeking detailed insight in this space. Released every Wednesday, the regular recording schedule will mean you’re never that long away from your next update.
4 Dots, Lines & Destinations
Dots, Lines & Destinations comes to you from around the world with the aim of giving frequent travellers the information they need to get the most out of their travel. Podcast topics include everything from the big trends affecting modern business travel, through to deep dives on individual destinations.
5 This Week in Travel
This Week in Travel features roundtable discussions with travel experts, covering the latest news and updates from the travel industry. With some episodes lasting over an hour, it’s ideal listening for anyone with a long commute to fill.
Ever wondered if there is such a thing as too much travel? Where to go away this summer? Or if anyone still uses guidebooks? The Travelogue podcast covers all these topics and more. It’s great for anyone who is looking for travel inspiration, while keeping in touch with trending topics in the travel space.
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