Whether in transit to your next family destination, heading on a solo hike through a scenic trail or waiting to connect to your next flight, there’s always some travel downtime to fill. Even if you need something to immerse yourself in for quick escape from the family — there’s nothing like an interesting podcast to pass the time. With innumerable topics, hosts and podcast styles, you can truly find something covering anything of interest.
Stock up on a few new downloads to occupy your ears on your fall excursions. Share with the family in the car and get into one together, or keep them to yourself for a little leg up on the dinner conversation.
Fun for All Ages
Enjoy fun facts? The Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast is for you. From the guys who brought you How Stuff Works, this podcast is a great way to keep your mind engaged and learn a few new interesting facts while riding the rails or walking to a meeting.
Best for Teens and Older
If you know and love the famously tall redhead’s late night show, Conan O’Brien’s podcast is for you. With the casually loose conversational flow of friends chatting, but with the interesting tidbits of a Hollywood interview, this show is an easy listen for almost all ages. The teens and adult children interested in comedy and entertainment can easily find a guest that piques their interest. Just download your favorite guests and relax, Conan does all the work.
A list of podcasts isn’t complete without mention of a true crime number, and Root of Evil is a must for thrill-seekers. Maybe for the older kids, just based on sorted content, Root of Evil is a dark and interesting listen. This podcast, produced by TNT and Cadence13, follows the true story of the Hodel family and the Black Dahlia — think the I am the Night series with Chris Pine.
When you want to just relax and not have to think, this podcast is a great escape for mature podcast listeners. Listen to two comedian best friends chatting away about everything from relationships and workout classes, gossip about other friends and tell personal stories. Really anything you would talk to your hilarious best friend about, this show covers and then some. If you find yourself wanting more, Nicole Byer has another show, Why Won’t You Date Me, that might be right up your alley.
Are your kids astronaut wannabes? Or maybe a holiday tradition in your family is to re-watch Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone every year. Either way, the brand new, dual-branded 342-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop and the historic 1928 Whitehall Hotel have packages designed for the little ones in your family.
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The Grinch reimaged in intricate ice carvings, superfast indoor snow tubing and a Ferris wheel ride with Santa high above the D.C. area. Sound like fun? You and your family can experience all this and lots more this holiday season at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
Traveling the countryside without adding miles to your car may sound like a riddle, but it’s really just a clever family travel plan offering the best of both worlds. Enjoy quality time with the family and view rolling scenery without having eyes on the road with train travel.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.