5. If you want a 'series fix', but don't want to pack a laptop: Homecoming
There have been a load of fiction podcasts over the last couple of years, mainly crime or sci-fi based, testing the water in what has traditionally been a non-fiction format. Many fall short of the mark, but Homecoming could signal a turning point. Its Hollywood cast features David Schwimmer, Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener. As gripping as any Netflix original.
If you like this, try: Crimetown
6. If you want to learn a new language:
It's thought that the best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in another culture – "you'll just pick it up naturally", they say. True for some. But if you're struggling to make progress, the Coffee Break podcasts are a brilliant helping hand when it comes to picking up new languages. The episodes are short and fun – don't knock it till you've tried.
If you like this, try: Coffee Break is the best on the market.
7. If you want something to make you laugh – and cringe:
For most people, if your dad wrote a piece of erotic literature and handed it to you, you would burn it, scatter the ashes at sea and never speak of it again. Not the case for Jamie Morton. In My Dad Wrote a Porno he reads his father's masterpiece Belinda Blinked, chapter by chapter, with mates Alice and James. Whatever you do, take a levels check before you listen to make sure the person sat/sleeping beside you can't hear what you're indulging in.
If you like this, try: Romesh Ranganathan's Hip Hop Saved my Life
8. If you don't mind crying a bit on holiday:
The format of The Moth is pretty simple. True stories, told without notes, to live audiences that are standing only. They frequently host live Story Slam events across the US, and indeed sometimes around the world, so if you enjoy listening to these eloquent, heart-twinging stories, it's worth checking out their website to see if there's an event going on wherever you're travelling.
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9. If you want to impress new travel friends with facts:
The "QI" elves – the team who come up with all the bizarre, unbelievable facts for the TV show – host this brilliantly irreverent podcast. After listening to just one episode, you'll be an expert on things such as aeroplane-chasing bumblebees and toe-wrestling championships.
If you like this, try:
Season 2 of The Rough Guide to Everywhere is coming soon. so you never miss an episode.
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