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Prep For Your Best Road Trip Yet With These Binge-Worthy Podcasts

By Sophie Hart
6th Sep 2019

A lot goes into planning a road trip and sorting out your podcast playlist is just as important as deciding what snacks to pack. 

From the latest sneaker drops to pop culture trends and celebrity interviews, we’ve partnered with RAC Insurance to bring you eight podcasts you need to binge on your next long road trip (or any commute, really). So, grab your phone and start downloading now. 

Shameless 

A podcast for “smart women who love dumb stuff”, Shameless hosts and Melbourne journalists Zara Mcdonald and Mish Andrews take a deep dive into the pop culture news cycle to dissect what’s happening in the world around us—with plenty of banter along the way. Plug your ears with a few hilarious episodes from these two and it’ll feel like they’re right there in the car with you. 

The Dropcast 

Hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas dish out the hot takes with a weekly special guest and listener calls from the hotline. Covering the best in sneakers, street style and men’s fashion, The Dropcast keeps you both stylish and informed. If you want to stay ahead of the game, this podcast is for you. 

Breaking Beauty 

Created by long-time Beauty Editors Carlene Higgins (12 years at FLARE Magazine) and Jill Dunn (12 years at ELLE Canada), the Breaking Beauty Podcast takes a deep dive into coveted, sellout beauty products and the incredible stories behind them. They’ve interviewed trailblazers like Emily Weiss at Glossier, Tiffany Masterson at Drunk Elephant and Christie Chang at Glow Recipe in between dishing beauty secrets and honest product reviews. 

Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness

He’s the loveable guy from Queer Eye who’s captured hearts around the world. We love him for his upbeat, positive personality and enviable blow-drying skills, so you might be surprised Jonathan Van Ness’ podcast takes a more serious, educational tone. Each episode Jonathon teams up with a topic expert as they get curious about everything from Brexit to immigration issues, with a few lighthearted interviews with his Queer Eye castmates thrown in between. Join Jonathon on your next road trip as he educates both himself and you on the important stuff. 

Ghosthunter

For an absolutely terrifying listen, throw true-crime Aussie podcast Ghosthunter onto your airwaves. The story follows Jason King, a security guard and self-proclaimed ghost hunter over his seven-year journey to find his estranged father who disappeared during his childhood. The most chilling part? The ghost of his brother told him to go looking. The tale is a tangle of paranormal activity, a family secret and police investigation. The podcast is now a true-crime Netflix series so you can binge it on the big screen once you arrive at your destination. 

Fat Mascara 

Get your obsessive beauty fix next time you’re in the car thanks to this award-winning podcast brought to you by Beauty Editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein. They’re plugged into the must-know industry news and beauty secrets so you don’t have to be. Plus, their rotation of interviews are seriously impressive—they’ve sat down with everyone from Kat V Don and Charlotte Tilbury to Bobbi Brown and Olivia Wilde. You’ll never want to hit pause on Fat Mascara, so when it comes to this podcast, the longer the road trip, the better. 

How I Built This 

Fire up a few episodes from How I Built This for peak inspiration. Guy Raz interviews the “innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists” behind some of the biggest and most recognisable brands around the world. Through epic storytelling, each interviewee dives deep into their unconventional paths to success leaving you totally inspired to fulfil your career dreams. If you’re looking to feed your creativity, then hit play on this podcast. 

Airplane Mode 

Join Journalist Clay Skipper on his quest to live a healthier and smarter life, with the help from some seriously cool, creative, thoughtful and intelligent people. Skipper put it best when he said Airplane Mode is “The switch you flip when you want to step away from the noise and regain your sense of purpose.” In other words, the perfect podcast for your next road trip. 

Dissect

In a world where content is infinite and interest is fleeting, music podcast Dissect was born. Hosted by Cole Cuchna, this podcast aims to combat scrolling and swiping culture by pausing to discuss great music, at great length. Every season Cuchna picks one album and analyses one song per episode measure by measure, word by word because "because great art deserves more than a swipe." Season one he takes a deep dive into “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar, season 2 tackles “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West and season 3 dissects “Blonde” and “Channel Orange” by Frank Ocean.  

Now you’re all up to speed on the must-listen podcasts for your next road trip, it’s time to sort your car insurance. RAC Insurance are a team of Perth locals, so you’ll speak to a Perth agent who knows a thing or two about getting around WA roads—plus they give back to the community. That’s what we call a win-win. 

Do yourself a solid and take advantage of their $100 discount in the first year when you switch to a RAC Comprehensive Car Insurance policy online.

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