Buckle up—your business adventure awaits you! If you travel often for work then chances are you’re constantly on the lookout for the next binge-worthy podcast, playlist or TV show. Whether you’re traveling by car, train or plane, having the right entertainment on hand can help you de-stress from the busy world of travel and work.
Entertain yourself and take advantage of your transit time—whether it’s waiting in line for airport security, sitting on the train or driving to your next destination, listen to a podcast, check out a new playlist or binge a new TV show!
Podcasts to Start Your Adventure off Right!
Are you a podcast junkie? Listening to podcasts is a great way to pass the time. Podcasts have exploded in the past few years, meaning there is something for everyone—from news analysis to celebrity interviews to self-help series and more! Get inspired, learn something new or just sit and be entertained with our list of favorite podcasts.
The most galvanizing podcaster out there is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk of The GaryV Audio Experience. People either love or hate Vaynerchuk and his tell-it-like-it-is attitude. Don’t let his brash alpha-male exterior steer you away though; he’s all about giving value, and you’ll quickly see his main source of fuel is empathy. Listen to his podcast to learn loads about entrepreneurship, personal branding, customer-centric marketing, and how to hustle!
Former professional athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur, Lewis Howes inspires thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers with The School of Greatness Podcast. He touches on everything from health and wellness to wealth creation to living a life of purpose, all in the name of helping you become the best person you can be. You will undoubtedly be pumped after listening to guests like Tony Robbins, Brené Brown, and Kobe Bryant.
Minimalism is a trendy movement; if you’re looking for inspiration on how to live a meaningful life with less check out The Minimalist Podcast. In 2010, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their corporate careers to take back control of their time and lives. Even with a six-figure salary, luxury cars, and a big house, there was still a void—and lots of stress and debt. The podcast isn’t just about having less, it’s about clearing the clutter to “make room for more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom.”
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Learn Something New
Ever wonder how some of the world’s most recognizable companies got their start? NPR’s Guy Raz takes listeners on a narrative journey with How I Built This, a podcast “about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.” Find out about Instagram’s chaotic start, how a Tinder employee’s experience with cyberbullying led to the launch of Bumble, and how Airbnb was started by a random encounter.
If you’re into shorter podcasts or are crunched for time, check out Marketing School. Entrepreneurs and hosts Neil Patel and Eric Siu share marketing tips in daily 10-minute episodes! Each episode is actionable, digestible, and covers a range of topics: SEO, Google Analytics, social media, marketing funnels, e-commerce and more!
New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau of “The $100 Startup and The Art of Non-Conformity” hosts Side Hustle School, a podcast that believes a “side hustle isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.” In this daily podcast, Chris shares stories about people who have started a side gig without quitting their job. Not only is Side Hustle School a podcast, but it’s also an online community to help you launch a creative, money-making outlet on the side.
Kick Back, Relax, and Be Entertained
Are you a movie buff? Then we’ve got the perfect podcast for you: The Rewatchables. Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer, sits down with his buddies and colleagues to discuss movies that we all love to rewatch! Get hooked with episodes on The Godfather, Dead Poets Society, The Hangover, Jaws, Wedding Crashers and many more!
Stand-up comedian Marc Maron has one of the best podcasts out there: WTF with Marc Maron. His laidback interview style and informal setting—episodes are recorded in his garage—put guests at ease, allowing them to open up in ways you’ve never heard before. With over 1,000 episodes under his belt, you're sure to find something you like. Start with: Barack Obama, The Beastie Boys, Anthony Bourdain or Sir Paul McCartney. Pro tip: Skip the seven-minute rambling intro to get to the good stuff.
The Dropout podcast chronicles the downfall of Elizabeth Holmes and her Silicon Valley startup Theranos. Considered to be “the next Steve Jobs,” her story is a rollercoaster. The seven-episode series takes you on a captivating ride through deception, fame, romance, and the loss of billions. Once praised by Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, Theranos was on the way to revolutionizing healthcare, but the hype appears to have been all smoke and mirrors, as Holmes possibly faces 20 years in jail.
Music for Any Occasion
Lift your mood with a hot playlist! If you’ve listened to your favorite songs one too many times, try something new on your journey. Check out Spoka on Spotify. We’ve got a variety of playlists created by our own global team to fit any mood. Here are some of our favorites!
If you’re an adventurous music lover who likes discovering new tracks, give this playlist a try. It’s an eclectic mix of our team’s favorite indie, alternative rock, folk-pop, rap, and disco tunes.
Ready to sit back and relax on your long-haul flight? Give the “Chilling” playlist a listen for the perfect tunes to ease your mind and help you drift off to sleep.
Created by the women of Spoka, this fierce, fabulous, and all-female playlist will make you feel all kinds of empowered! Listen to it on your way to a critical meeting, before an important presentation, or right after closing that deal. #whoruntheworld
TV Series to Tune into
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have changed the way we watch TV—everything is now at our fingertips. There’s no shortage of available entertainment, so we’ve come up with the top shows you should be watching that inspire, educate, and entertain!
Brené Brown is a research professor who shot to fame after her 2010 TED Talk The Power of Vulnerability went viral. The topic of shame and vulnerability struck a chord with millions, and Brown has gone on to pen five number-one New York Times bestsellers that every leader should read. This year she released her must-see special on Netflix, The Call to Courage.
Learn Something New
Our Planet, a new visually stunning eight-part series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will take you on a journey through the unique wonders of the world. Given the increasingly visible effects of climate change, this series not only shows animals in their natural habitats, but also focuses on our environmental impact and how it affects the lives of all living beings.
Kick Back, Relax, and Be Entertained
One of our favorite dramedies of the year is Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne and co-written by Amy Poehler. The show follows Nadia, a New Yorker who gets stuck in a strange loop starting the night of her 36th birthday. She dies at the end of the night, only to wake up unscathed and relive the night again and again. Your mind will be captivated trying to figure out what’s going on!
Enjoy Your Next Business Trip with Our List of Entertainment!
Business travel doesn’t have to be all about work; it can also be an opportunity to disconnect and recharge! Use your idle travel time to get inspired, to learn or to just relax. Settle into your journey with our binge-worthy entertainment! And if you’re new to travel, check out our tips on how travel can make you an even better entrepreneur!