You may have seen on my new Instagram account (@travel_withgabriella), that I love listening to podcasts. This weekend is all about International Women’s Day so I have already posted once this week about all the incredible events that are taking place this weekend in London and you can find that post here.
I didn’t want to break my Saturday run of posting every week since December and I also wanted to take this post to share with you some amazing female podcasts I listen to, as this weekend is all about supporting women. Podcasts are my new obsession and I seem to listen to at least one episode of something a day. Because I love listening to writers, journalists and other creatives, this list may seem a little full of different women in media but I hope you enjoy. If you haven’t listened to a podcast before, I really recommend it and I listen for free on the Podcast app from Itunes.
Emma Gannon has been podcasting for years and been nominated for so many awards. I love listening to old episodes and having a scroll through to choose a random one. Emma interviews so many people you’re bound to find a few that catch your eye.
This podcast has to come with a warning, if you listen on public transport you may get odd looks when you’re cracked up laughing. This podcast is my weekly go-to and I love that it’s usually around an hour as I listen to it on my lunch break as well as my journey to and from work. They focus on weekly news topics so I feel that I’m becoming slightly more knowledgable while I listen. They both just seem like really fun women to be honest.
A new one for me, I’ve only listened to a few episodes but I’ll be making my way through the rest soon. It’s really reassuring to listen to as like the title suggests, it focuses on how to succeed better by taking your failures and learning from them. I love that it’s motivating without being patronising or too “in your face” about other peoples’ successes.
If you’re a blogger and haven’t heard of Vix Meldrew and Exciting email, you need to go look it up! Vix is so helpful and has created some really fun and useful podcasts. They’re not super long episodes but I’ve loved listening and taking notes. I’ve also purchased a lot of her products, including her # list which I really recommend! She also has a micro-influencer guide to collaborations which has been so useful to me and many more products, memberships and information. If you need some coaching or want to sign up to her Exciting Emails community then have a look on her website.
The perfect podcast for people who work online or in a creative industry. It’s really interesting and there are episodes all the way back to the beginning of 2017, so plenty to listen to if you want to catch up. Sara also has a book out now under the same name which has been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for a little while now. Come payday I can’t wait to purchase! You can buy the book here*
Estee Lalonde is someone who started out on Youtube and I’ve been following her for a long time! Her book Bloom was published a few years ago now and I love that she has On the Line, where she talks to various women about all different topics. There doesn’t seem to be anything that is off limits and each episode is really genuine which makes Estee seem really honest and open. I want to say she’s based in London but she’s always on the go which makes her journey really exciting to follow.
I have not stopped raving about the next few podcasts, I love them so so much and I feel like there’s a few podcasters who, if I ever met, I’d just be chatting away to for hours about books. I hope you like these ones and they’re perfect if you want to try a new podcast as there isn’t thousands of episodes to catch up on! Thanks to the following podcasts, I now have over 100 books in my Amazon wishlist and I have loved finding so many new books to read.
This podcast is incredible, I don’t even know where to begin. It’s Caroline O’Donoghue (author), talking to people like Lauren Bravo (another author), about their favourite commercial women’s fiction book, aka, chick lit. It’s hilarious and also so so interesting to hear what people think about your favourite books. Some of the books they talk about have shaped my reading growing up, and some of them, I’d only ever heard of but never considered reading. Like I say above, you will find so many books to add to your wishlist after listening. I also recently read Caroline’s own book Promising Young Women and loved it so much. It’s unexpected and emotional and I raced through it in two days then felt like I needed to read it again straight away. Highly recommend and if you want to purchase then have a look here*.
Daisy has such a soothing voice, every podcast is a treat to listen to when you’re feeling stressed. Also, similar to above it’s an author, talking to other authors, about their favourite authors and I just love how many book recommendations come out of each episode. Daisy discusses everything from shelfies, to if people are allowed to borrow books, and many more things rather than just list what is on someone’s bookshelf. I love her enthusiasm and how she makes reading seem like a genuinely really fun thing to do. I was sent her book The Sisterhood to read and I’m not finished yet, but it’s been so popular and if you have sisters, it’s very relatable. I’m loving it so much, that before I’ve even finished it, I’ve already purchased her first book, How to be a grown up. If you want to purchase Daisy’s new book then click here.
Already mentioned above, Dolly is part of The High Low podcast but she also has her own podcast where she chats to guests about the relationships that have shaped them. Some are really heartbreaking but there are also beautiful moments in each person’s podcast episode. Her guests range from Lily Allen to Stanley Tucci and each one makes you feel so much more relatable to people you never thought you would. Dolly has a light-hearted approach making sure the heartbreak doesn’t leave you bawling your eyes out, but still I found a few episodes where I shed a tear or two.
The Sunday Salon by Alice-Azania Jarvis
A new podcast that started in January this year, The Sunday Salon is a podcast hosted by Alice-Azania Jarvis where she chats to authors such as Holly Bourne or Sophie Kinsella about their new books as well as their processes. It’s the perfect podcast to listen to for any aspiring writer as each episode is packed with so much advice as well as being genuinely entertaining.
Last one about stories but this podcast focuses on both literary stories as well as life stories. The guests each week talk about what the title suggests “The stories that changed my life” and they have some really interesting guests taking part. Series 1 has actually finished now and there are nine episodes you can listen to.
Below are some of my favourite blogger duo’s who have podcasts that focus on pop culture and news as well as media trends. I haven’t gone into each one in detail but click the links to find out more.
I will just mention this one as it was the first podcast I ever listened to. Sophie and Millie are two of my favourite people to listen to especially as they chat about blogging so openly and honestly. When I first moved abroad to Tenerife last year, I used to listen to their podcast and use old episodes to listen to when I felt homesick. They really made me feel like I was back in London and honestly I looked forward to their new episodes so much. If you’re in your 20’s / 30’s I think you’ll find them really relatable and I would really recommend it.
Let me know if you are currently listening to any of these, or if there is anyone who really needs to be on this list! I’ve linked them all to Acast so you can click through and listen straight away. I hope you have a good weekend and my links are below!
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I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.