And escape into these stories.
For as long as we’ve been camping, kayaking, rafting, climbing, and exploring this earth, we’ve been telling stories. These stories allow us to transcend cultural barriers and define what it means to be human. Some offer wisdom while others offer inspiration. Some instill us with empathy while others promise adventure. Only the really great ones outlive us.
We rounded up a few of our favorite inspirational podcasts. These podcasts encourage diversity in the outdoors, advocate for cultural exchange, and describe extreme adventures. Whether you listen to them on the way to work or around the campfire, these powerful tales will fill you with stoke and empower you to chase your dreams!
Launched in 2007, The Dirtbag Diaries is one of the best known outdoor storytelling podcasts in the world. Drawing inspiration from artists, runners, climbers, kayakers, explorers, and bold humans, the series takes a campfire storytelling approach to uncover the truth behind serious adventures and (often) humorous tales in wild places. With over 150 heartwarming episodes, this podcast is a must-listen-to for getting your adventure stoke up.
Offering daily, motivational interviews with world-class adventure photographers, environmental scientists, ultra-runners, extreme kayakers, and every explorer in between, Inspiring Adventurer connects audiences with passionate experts. Listen in to discover how these incredible industry-leaders pursued their dreams and found success in the outdoor community.
Named among ITunes 2016’s top debut podcasts, She Explores, empowers women to share their stories and to connect with a community of talented and diverse female artists, adventurers, and outdoor advocates. Filled with powerful stories about overcoming insecurities and conquering incredible feats, this podcast will keep you coming back again and again.
Offering backpacking tips for beginners, quirky trail-lessons, and hilarious stories, the first 40 miles is quickly gaining ground as a popular outdoorsy podcast. Discover tips for how to pack your hiking pack and learn how to properly power your body for a long trek.
This is one of our favorites! Delving deep into what it means to be human, The NPR TED Radio Hour bases its weekly episodes on inspirational talks given by world-renowned speakers. Topics range from what how animals influence our children to how being a good listener can change your brain chemistry.
Hosted by a former Wyoming NPR reporter, Out There explores the relationship between people and wild environments. From deciding where to settle down to transformational outdoor encounters, this podcast offers a passionate discussion on our role in the environment and how we can achieve perspective in outdoor settings.
Inspiration is essential. In lieu of a dreamy campfire, these podcasts offer perspective and connect us with individuals who are pushing the limits of what is possible. They challenge the current norms and advocate for increased diversity in outdoor spaces. They remind us to be better global citizens and to work compassion into our daily lives.
Here at The Road Less Traveled we aspire to push the limits of what is possible, to chase our dreams, and have challenging conversations when they are needed.
Whether you aspire to trek the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, restore coral reefs in the Florida Keys, watch the sunset at Machu Picchu, go truffle hunting in the Italian countryside, or surf the waves in Kauai, we can help you select the perfect summer adventure.