The Best Podcasts to Binge in Holiday Traffic

Getting stuck in a traffic jam sucks, getting stuck in a traffic jam on holidays is even worse. If you’re driving this holiday season, download a couple of awesome podcasts to your phone to make your traffic less hellish. You might even start hoping the trip doesn’t end too early for you to end the episode you’re playing in.

Most of the podcasts on this list are more suitable for teens and adults, so if you’re traveling with younger children, try our list of recommendations that are suitable for all ages. Below are the recommendations of the Lifehacker staff to stay focused on the never-ending holiday trip:

  • Adventure Zone : Loosely based on RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons. From magical wars to relic quests, the story arc takes you through traffic jams.
  • Dirty John : If you’re looking for a true solution to a crime, you’ll love this podcast, based on interviews with many of the central characters in the story. Find out how Debra Newell fell victim to the prolific con man John Meehan and how her life changed with him.
  • Homecoming : A fictional storyline that will thrill you. If you haven’t checked out this podcast yet, it’s perfect to help you (almost) forget you’re stuck in traffic as you follow the social worker’s relationship with a new patient and navigate the facility and her boss.
  • Millennial : Megan Tan shares her story of going from college to adulthood. While the series is interesting to many in their 20s and 20s, it tends to focus on Tan’s experiences, including interviews with her friends and family members.
  • My Brother, My Brother, and Me : As the name suggests, the three brothers give advice on questions and queries posted to the show or found on Yahoo! Answers. The answers aim more at comedic value than a serious answer to the question. If you want to laugh, this podcast will help you.
  • Myths and Legends : Covers all kinds of myths and legends such as Thor, Epic of Gilgamesh, Sinbad and Cinderella (Chinese version), from different countries and cultures. Great for binge listening, as many of the myths are split over multiple episodes to give you a fuller story and dive into the details.
  • Oh no, Ross and Carrie : Co-hosts Ross and Carrie explore science, spirituality, and the paranormal. Watch as they try some of these keen ideas (such as Holotropic Breathwork) and talk to people who hold to these beliefs (for example, believe that the earth is flat). This show often has themes that cover multiple episodes, giving you tons of listening opportunities.
  • Update : Of course we couldn’t de-list our very own podcast! Turn your holiday jam into time to learn something new and productive.
  • Where to begin? : Explores some of the most intimate and common problems we face in relationships from the perspective of anonymous couples in the office of renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel. Probably not something to listen to with the kids in the car, but it can be interesting to listen to for a couple in ancient times. Perel is best known for her work exploring the balance between the need for security and freedom in our relationships.
  • Inside the Wire : Season One is presented as a guide to meditation, but it’s actually a dystopian thriller. This podcast from one of the co-authors of Welcome to Night Valley draws you in as a listener to the meditation guide and becomes part of the story.

Do you have a podcast that you’ll be queuing for your vacation? Let us know in the comments.


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