Going travelling? We’ve hand-picked the best podcasts for those long, arduous bus journeys.

Simply download the Podcasts app to your smartphone and use the search functionality to browse thousands of topics. Too easy.

1. Serial

If you haven’t listened to Serial yet – do it now! It’s a real-life murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end!

2. Invisibilia

Invisibilia is a thought-provoking podcast about the the things you can’t see. Think gut instincts, fear and identity.

3. StartUp

Dream of starting you’re own business? StartUp charters the highs and lows of going it alone. The first episode ‘how not to pitch to a billionaire’ is a corker.

4. Stuff you should know

Easy listening and fun topics such as ‘What is a light year?’, ‘The Great Wall of China’, ‘How reverse pyscology works’ etc.

5. If There Is Hell Below

LOL-worthy. Good tunes and English banter from the lads at If There Is Hell Below. The perfect combination.

6. This American Life

This American Life is a weekly radio program that tells stories about oridinary Americans. A good listen.

7. History In 28 Minutes

Want to know more about the Vietnam war? Or the Cuban missile crisis?  History In 28 Minutes covers popular topic in easy, digestible chunks.

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