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Around the world, COVID-19 has caused many feelings of uncertainty and even stress as it has affected our day-to-day routines. For a fun activity that keeps your mind off the news, we have put together a list of best podcasts to keep you calm while you’re in the car.

Thanks to car technology and curated playlists, we no longer have to make a conscious effort to avoid radio static. But instead of hitting repeat or thumbing through your phone for a song you haven’t heard before, take this as an opportunity to grow your brain by listening to a podcast. Podcasts are ideal for a road trip because they pack none of the mood-altering sway of music, they keep you engaged on the road, and you’ll come away feeling extremely clever and de-stressed.

If you’re new to podcasts, don’t worry, you don’t need to sift through the ratings and descriptions to find something you’ll like because we’ve already done that for you. Whether you’re social distancing at home or planning for your next road trip with Fido, we’ve put together our best podcast recommendations for three different genres: educational podcasts for personal growth, professional growth and well-being podcasts — because you can’t neglect yourself during the busiest time of the year! These shows range from 15 min to 3 hours, so you can calmly navigate traffic no matter how long your road trip.

Jump to this section about specific podcasts for professional development

Educational Podcasts for Personal Growth

Listening to COVID-19 news can bring up a lot of stress. If you’d like to take your mind off of this and learn about something new, then these educational podcasts might be the right conversation tools to prepare with. What’s a better way to do so than by killing hours on the road, while listening to some of the most interesting discourse out there.

podcasts for traffic

Listen to the podcasts here:

Aubrey Marcus Podcast | The Lavendaire Lifestyle | Radiolab | The Joe Rogan Experience | The Knowledge Project | Stuff to Blow Your Mind | TED Talks Daily

Inspirational Podcasts for Professional Growth

Maybe career and professional growth is top of mind for you. For those interested in professional development, we’ve vetted a fair share of shows about leadership, entrepreneurship and career growth. These podcasts are not only a great way to pass time during the regular work commute or holiday traffic, but they’ll inspire you to be more productive and motivated in your work life.

podcasts for traffic

Tribe of Mentors | Redefining Wealth | How Did You Get Into That | Claim the Stage | The Art of Charm | How to Be Awesome at Your Job | Beyond the To Do List

Wellbeing and Self-help Podcasts

Social distancing can make you feel like self-care and well-being go out the window, but it doesn’t mean they have to — there’s nothing like taking a road trip for something different to do and have a little time to reflect. If you’re needing a little inspiration in your life, some encouragement to stay in shape or you just need to work through the stressors of everyday life, these are great podcasts to take care of the most important person — you!

podcasts for traffic

Found My Fitness | A Quiet Mind | The Greater Good | Untangle | Talking in Circles | Selfie | The Thrive Global Podcast

Podcasts can fit into your daily routine as easily as your favorite playlist or morning latte, so it’s a no-brainer that they make for the perfect road trip entertainment. But don’t just take our word for it — Research found that 26 percent of Americans listen to podcasts regularly. It’s a medium that has quickly risen from a novelty to an increasingly popular form of content. Grow your brain and stay engaged on the road.


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