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A podcast is a single digital media file, or a series of such files, that is distributed over the web using syndication feeds for playback on your portable media player (e.g., an iPod) or a PC. A podcast is a specific type of webcast. A podcast may refer to either the broadcast method or the content. The host or author of a podcast is typically called a podcaster. The term podcast is a combination of Apple's iPod product, and the word broadcast.  Since the pod in ipod means Portable OnDemand, podcast means - Portable OnDemand broadCAST.  Most podcasts are pre-recorded and you can download them at any time. Others are live and even interactive.  Podcasts are typically audio only, but multimedia podcasts are becoming popular and may include text information, as well as, pictures or videos.

Naturally, travel podcasts are podcasts about travel. They are also called travelcasts. (We always like to shorten things, don't we?) O.K., we'll call them travelcasts here in the overview as well. However, the term has not caught on yet and you are better off using travel podcast (e.g., travelcast yielded 17,800 hits recently while travel podcast yielded 85.6 million hits.)

Some travelcasts are personal travel experiences of people who have been out and about in the global village. Others podcasts are made by travel websites as another way to disseminate travel information.  There are free travelcasts and commercial ones that you have to pay to subscribe to or download.  Some travelcasts provide information on a place you want to visit which you can use as part of your travel planning.  Others give you a guided tour of a place which you can use as you stroll through a museum or city. Soundseeing Tours is another new term that is starting to be used to describe podcasts that are audio tours. This planet will never lack for travel podcasters! 
 
For an interesting short history of the origin of podcasts and more technical details about podcasts, see Wikipedia's Podcast article.
 
To search for a particular podcast using a search engine, enter the appropriate subject using as many words as needed to narrow down the chance of getting meaningful replies. Here are some examples:
If you are looking for: Include:   Examples:
a city city name + travel podcast

If you don't include "travel" you could get information about the city not related to a visit to the city.
Paris travel podcast
a self-guided city walking tour city name + self-guided walking tour + podcast

You don't need to include "travel" here as "Self-guided walking tour" completely defines what you are looking for.

City name + audio tour + podcast

You don't need to include "travel" here as "audio tour" is descriptive. However you should include podcast if you are looking for downloadable audio tours versus an audio tour device you can rent that is available, say, in a museum.
Paris self-guided walking tour podcast
 


New York city audio tour podcast

a place place name + travel or Tourist podcast

If you don't include "travel" you could get information about the place not related to traveling there.
Germany travel podcast
Germany tourist podcast
Travel mode and place travel mode + city + country + podcast 

Travel modes, as used here, are things like backpacking, independent travel, escorted tours, etc.
Backpacking Santiago Chile podcast
Backpacking in Europe podcast
Italy escorted tours podcast
a place and lodging type place + lodging type + podcast

Lodging type, as used here, are things like hotel, hostel, resort, deluxe or first-class hotel, B&B, etc.
Tokyo budget hotels podcast
an activity + location activity name + place + podcast

Activities, as used here, are things like cruises or cruising, scuba diving, adventure travel, sightseeing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, etc.
Caribbean cruise podcast
Scuba diving Australia Great Barrier Reef podcast
 
Here are some resources to show you how easy and cheap it is to make your own travel podcast.
Google Search Results DigitalTrends Makezine - Podcasts Makezine - Enhanced Podcasts
 
Here is information on Travel Podcasts.  Click on the section name to go directly to the section.
 
Section Name Description
Travel and Tourism Podcast Directories Here is a list of some podcast directories with travel or tourism categories.
Some Popular Travelcasts Here is a list of some of the most popular travelcasts websites.
Travelcasts By World Regions We drop you off at the travelcast's website where you can download it or sign up for service.

Directories
Travel and Tourism Podcast Directories
Websites
We drop you off at their travel-related directory
Description
Podcastalley.com - Travel Use their search box to find what you want in their travel section.
Podcast411.com - Travel Scroll down to find a topic of interest or use their search box.
Podcast.net - Travel Use their search box to find what you want in their travel section.
Digitalpodcast.com - Travel Use their search box to find what you want in their travel section.
Podcastpickle.com - Travel   or  Tourism Use their Tags search box to find what you want in their travel section.
Podfeed.net - Travel Use their Search Podcast box to find what you want in their travel section.
Podcastingnews.com - Travel You can sort by various criteria or use their [Search] box to find what you want in their travel section.
VitalPodcasts-Tourism A beautiful website with tourism and travel news. They have been around for two years now.
Pod-Planet.com-Travel They are the World's Largest and Most Accurate Podcast Directory and have the most extensive listing of travel and tourism podcasts that we have found.
Podcastblaster.com - Travel Directory They must be one of the world's largest collections also as they have thousands of entries.
Podcastdirectory.com - Travel When you are on the page, use their search box to find a specific topic or go to their Search page.
Idiotvox.com - Podcasts About Travel Use their Search for a Podcast box to find what you want in their travel section.
Podcasts about Tourism, Travel & Education Good coverage of both educational, amateur and professional travel and tourism podcasts.

Popular
Some Popular Travel Podcasts and Audio/Video Guides
Travelcast
We drop you off at their podcast page
Description
Lonely Planet Free. This is their podcast section with timely, down-to-earth travel information and advice. 
Amateur Traveler Podcasts Free. These are podcasts by and for people who love to travel.  The term "amateur traveler" is popular for travel podcasts and has not been trademarked. It is often used for personal podcasts by individual travelers.  There is a website called Amateurtraveler.com with a collection of these podcasts, but many other podcast websites also have "amateur traveler" podcasts.  The link is a Google Search results for Amateur Traveler Podcasts as that term is widely used by many different travel podcasters. Note: There is a website called Amateurtraveler.com that has a good collection of these podcasts.
Frommers.com Podcasts Free. They have excellent podcasts about cities of the world and other travel topics. Once you are at their page, do a Find (on this page) from your browser Edit pull-down menu and type in the name of a city.
Gary Bembridge Tips For Travelers Podcasts Free. Use the Search Blog box at the top of the page or use your browser's  Edit-Find (on this page)  to find your topic many of which are listed if you scroll down the page.
Heartbeat Guides Commercial Audio Guides. Downloadable MPS podcast audio tours for cities, museums, sightseeing attractions  and places around the world. 
Hotelbook.com Free. They have excellent podcasts about cities of the world and other travel topics. Once you are at their page, do a Find (on this page) from your browser Edit pull-down menu and type in the name of a city.
PodAsia Travel Podcasts Free. Downloadable audio and video travel guides for Asian places.
National Geographic Podcasts Free. Excellent podcasts from National Geographic.
Rick Steves Free. Excellent podcasts - radio, walking tours and videos that you can subscribe to for free. Rick Steves is well known for his travels in Europe and guidebooks. Also, you can go to Podcastblaster.com - Travel with Rick Steves to get his podcasts and interviews with people worldwide in one long list.
Rough Guides Podcasts Free. Excellent podcasts from the well-known Rough Guides travel publications company.
Rudy Maxa's Podcasts Free. "50 Walks of a Lifetime" guided tours in major cities of the world. Produced in conjunction with the National Geographic Traveler.
Tourcaster Both Free and Commercial Audio Guides. Downloadable audio tours for cities, museums, sightseeing attractions  and places around the world. Includes printable map. Here is their tour search page. 
Geography for Travelers Free. Excellent podcasts

World

Travel Podcasts By World Regions and Countries

Region/Country Travel Podcasts

Clicking on the destination name will take you to our webpage for it where we have links to additional resources.

Google: <destination name> travel podcasts. There are so many travel podcasts for places, we give you Google Search Results.
Amateur Traveler.  The term "amateur traveler" is popular for individual traveler's personal podcasts. To capture a wide range of such podcasts, we give you Google search results for  <amateur traveler> + <region or country name>.
Specific Travel Podcasts.  Here are some specific travel podcasts that have good coverage of the destination.

Our Destinations

Google Amateur
Traveler
Specific Travel Podcasts
We drop you off at the page on the website related to the destination.
Africa

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Go Africa Travel Podcasts  ●  AmateurTraveler.com  ●  Travelcomments.com
Antarctica Go Go  
Arctic Go Go  
Asia Go Go  
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Australia Go Go  
Canada Go Go Independent Travel Podcast
Caribbean Go Go  
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Europe Go Go Rick Steves
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Greenland Go Go  
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North Atlantic Go Go  
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United States USA Go Go

Heartbeat Audio Guides

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