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The 7 Best Podcasts For A Long-Haul Flight

You might be sitting a small space but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of being 30,000 ft in the air. Once you’ve read your magazine, watched an inflight movie and eaten allll the snacks, there’s only one thing left to do: listen to one of the best podcasts for flights. 

These are the entertaining, educational and downright wild podcasts that will teach you a thing or two before you land. The podcasts are available for both apple podcast and podcast for Android. You’ll be hoping for some extra time in the air just to keep listening…

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1. The Tim Ferriss Show

The Tim Ferriss Show is often the #1 business podcast on all of Apple Podcasts. Tim is a bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek. In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

2. The Splendid Tables

This is one for food lovers! The Splendid Tables is a culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food. Episodes include Whoopi Goldberg talking about being a party planner and hostess at home, and an ode to activist Edna Lewis, who was born in a village of freed slaves and helped change the course of American cuisine.

3. The Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan podcast is legendary, and for good reason. A standup comedian for over 20 years and martial arts specialist, Joe is the ideal podcast host. The show is a long form conversation with friends and guests that have included comedians, actors, musicians, MMA instructors and commentators, authors, artists, and porn stars.

4. Terrible, Thanks for Asking

You know how every day someone asks “how are you?” And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say “fine,” so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain. You’ll cry, but you’ll also really laugh.

5. Criminal

Criminal is a fascinating podcast about true crime. The show tells stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle, from Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer. The stories it covers span centuries and include interviews with lawyers, historians, crime victims, and more. You’ll be hooked.

6. Dirty John

Dirty John is a binge-worthy true crime podcast based on the life of John Michael Meehan. Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders.

But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.

7. Hidden Brain

This engaging podcast uses a mix of science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, shape our choices and direct our relationships. Episodes dive into social media, narcissism, facial blindness and the secret lives of billionaires. You’ll learn a lot about the world – and yourself.

There’s plenty of episodes, making it one of the best podcasts for a good binge session.


Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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