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In my last post about podcasts, I was a little iffy about them. But after looking into it a little more, I’ve found a few that are actually pretty interesting. One of these is Rick Steves’ Audio Europe. Rick Steves has produced more than 50 guidebooks on European travel, and has both a television and radio show. Many American travelers look to Rick Steves for advice on how to become a “temporary local” in the city or country they are visiting. He is known for helping travelers connect more intimately with Europe, and for a fraction of the tourist price. His podcast channel offers advice for travel to Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, among other places. Each of these sub-channels offer several episodes on specific regions or traditions in the country.

I listened to an episode in the Rick Steves’ Spain sub-channel, called Sevilla and Andalucia. In the episode, Rick Steves speaks with native Spanish travel guide Federico Garcia Barroso and Sevilla native Concepción Delgado. The episode offers a ton of great advice for visitors, from food suggestions to transportation options.

Rick Steves’ podcast channel is perfect for the train or plane ride on the way to your travel destination. Listen to the Sevilla and Andalucia podcast below, and if it’s something you might enjoy, subscribe the channel at travel.podcast.com.

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Before today, I had never really explored the world of podcasts. I had heard of them, but I had no idea what they actually were. In my head, I envisioned podcasts as some kind of book-on-tape 2.0, and who really listens to those except for kids who can’t read and old people? But when I looked at podcasts on iTunes, one of the biggest podcast aggregators, I was pleasantly surprised. The site offers way more than children’s books and NPR. You can listen to sports broadcasts from ESPN, find out random facts from howstuffworks.com, and even learn a foreign language from one of the many language courses.

But why listen to a podcast when you can watch the actual show or see the actual event take place? The main advantage of podcasts is how portable they are. They are available when you want, where you want and as you want. Perfect for the morning metro commute or walk to class. Plus, you can subscribe to a certain podcast and automatically receive new episodes as they are released. They may sound boring or weird, but if you check it out I promise you will find something you like.