I love listening to travel podcasts myself and I often listen to them through my MP3 player, as I walk to work every day or when I’m driving around town. I also love photos and videos, but there are times when you may be doing something where you can’t view things visually (you might need to keep you eyes on the road for example!) but when you could be listening to a podcast. People take in information in different ways, and some may prefer to do so through audio than video too.
There are also times when travelling where it’s possible to record audio, but more difficult to record video. There may be times when you want to create some atmosphere through the sounds of a bustling souk, you may be in low light conditions where your video would be poor quality, or you may simply want to be a little more discreet, for instance in a church.
By adding your podcasts to I-tunes and other specialist podcast directories, you’ll also be creating many additional routes for listeners to be directed to your blog, and consequently your traffic should increase over time. By adding audio, as well as great articles, photos and videos to your blog, you will stand out in a crowded blgsphere, as someone who is consistantly delivering great content to your blog readers and subscribers. You may also reach a new audience of subscribers, who particularly enjoy podcasts and poscasting – I know from experience that once you get into podcasts you start to consume them in great quantity and become a loyal listener when you find good ones.
I hope that by now you’re convinced that it’s a great idea to incorporate podcast and audio into your travel or other blog, but perhaps you’re now thinking – how do I get started? Don’t worry, not long ago I was feeling technically challenged in this area, but now I’ve got a few podcasts under my belt, I’m planning to write a few articles over the coming weeks which explain the practical steps you can take to get audio on your blog.
Do let me know if this is something you’d find useful and if there are any particular areas you’d like to get to grips with. In the mean time, here are some Travel podcasts that I enjoy and listen to regularly as well as my own – please let me know if there are some others out there I should be listening to.
Latest podcasts at Heather on her travels
Other Travel podcasts I enjoy
The Amateur Traveler
The Indie Travel Podcast
Betty in the sky with a suitcase
Travel with Rick Steves
This Week in Travel
Independent travel podcasts to Barcelona, Athens, Dublin and Nice
Rough Guide podcasts