Whether he got it from his daddy (Rick Steves, father of travel guides and our favorite podcaster) or came across it all by himself, Andy Steves definitely has ‘it’. That is to say, a gift for traveling. Perhaps due to virtually non-stop traveling since birth.

Although… Andy himself contends that you can’t really be bad at traveling, that you should just go for it – and ‘try not to be stupid’. Not a bad piece of advice on the whole… His show, Andy Steves’ Travel Podcast, – granted, not the most inventive name but bear with me – does, however, offer some pretty cool, rather more original, insights, tips and recommendations about the world of travel…

Each 35-minute episode is joined by a guest or two; an old friend met on journeys past, a fellow blogger, a travel-guru in his own right – or a jammy bundle of all three. Tending to focus on a theme or a city, episodes are really navigable; bullet points and a clear title leave you in no doubt about what you’re in for. Which, by the way, is well-formulated questions, absorbable information and (most importantly!) an entertaining conversation.

After a quick summary of guests’ stories, conversations flow naturally, guided by Andy’s open-ended questions. Hearing the reasons people have behind choosing not to travel is especially interesting…

Questions that Andy is often asked are, understandably, concerning safety, for example: ‘Is it safe to travel in Scotland?’ Errrrm, yes that’s right, Scotland. Which gives us a pretty good idea of how ungrounded most of our travel-based fears are. Unless you’re scared of kilts and band pipes of course.

To put it simply, the Andy Steves’ Travel Podcast show and its guests are inspiring. Tons of tips for finding the cash and the country, strapping on a backpack and getting yourself out the door are given, but the real reason we love this podcast is just how passionate the people are. They really believe that travel is the only real way to open your eyes, that you can’t put it off simply because it seems scary: after all, ‘people may do things differently, but no better or worse’.

Head to the Andy Steves’ Travel Podcast to check it out – my favorite was E.5, Solo Female Travel (but you can see some of our own tips here)! If you enjoyed our podcast pick, come back next week to see our new flavor of the week, or if you can’t wait, read our last travel podcast review


Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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