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9 Podcasts to Keep You Grounded While Traveling

While there are so many successful and thrilling podcasts like Criminal, Dirty John and Up and Vanished taking the podcast world by storm, these stories aren't necessarily the best for keeping your travel anxiety in check. Don't get us wrong, these are easy to get hooked into with their brilliantly bizarre, frightening and compelling storylines but traveling can mean flight delays, stress, crowds or racing around to meetings.

Whatever the reason you are traveling for, be it a wedding, a business meeting or a good ol' vacay, here are a 9 calming and inspirational podcasts to ease your travel ails so you can stay grounded from thousands of feet in the air. 

Oprah SuperSoul Conversations

Oprah brings some of the world's top thought leaders to each episode of SuperSoul to tackle tough issues, expand your thinking and leave you feeling a little more positive. Each episode is unique, around an hour long and "All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self." 
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Ted Talks

If you've ever felt stuck in a rut, creatively blocked or generally lackluster, turn to Ted for a multitude of 'talks' sure to get you fired up and ready to tackle what's ahead. Find inspiration on just about every topic, from business to relationships, from innovative thought leaders around the world. Inside tip: Ted Talks are a great way to banish boredom on long flights and car rides.
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Louise Hay | Hay House Meditations

Check in to Hay House for beautiful (and free!) guided meditations of every type. Turn your cramped middle seat, rental car or hotel room into a sanctuary with the help of this podcast and some headphones. Inside tip: If you have anxiety while flying or stress leading up to a meeting, you can easily and quickly find a guided meditation for you.
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How I Built This with Guy Raz

Get your fill of inspiring stories with an easy-to-listen format. Guy Raz has a calming voice and you will get revved up hearing the awesome "how i did it" stories from today's most successful entrepreneurs.
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Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer was one of the most influential thought leaders on self development with over half of his books landing on the NYT bestseller list. As a tribute to this respected visionary, Hay House is re-airing his episodes so you can tune in to hear his soothing voice deliver imfactful messages about becoming your best self.
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Gimlet Media: Startup, The Pitch or Reply All

If you are having a rough trip (flight delays, anyone?) and just want to zone out with some easy listening, try Startup or The Pitch – each story is so well told that you won't even rememeber that you have been stuck on the tarmac for an hour. 
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Happier with Gretchen Rubin

When a podcast is called "life changing," it's worth a listen, right? Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth, discuss good habits and happiness in a relatable, friendly way – how your actions ultimately make you more or less happy. Inside tip: Don't let a stressful travel day get the best of you and your trip, throw in some headphones and fit in an episode of Happier
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The Art of Charm

The Art of Charm is on a mission to help you master the art of conversation and overcome your social anxiety. With over 500 free podcast episodes, you'll learn how to hone your social and relationship-building skills, business aptitude and general lifestyle. Inside tip: Sign up today and get a 3-step conversation formula to help you avoid awkward silences.

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