So you’re on the road and you just want to take some time out. You’ve seen enough churches and waited for in line to catch enough flights to make you quiver at the impending boredom. I’ve found that music just isn’t enough to distract my mind away from my ‘waiting bitch face’. No amount of Beethoven or Skrillex is going to calm my nerves. More often than not, I need someone to capture my complete attention and take me away from where I am and fill my head with something fascinating – but at the same time, I don’t want to talk to anyone.
Let me introduce to you, the rich and wonderful world of Podcasts. For those of you who don’t know, Podcasts are audio and video clips that you download from all sorts of channels on to your device, specific to your interests. Want to listen to experts talk about shrinking heads or shooting bazookas, there’s a podcast for you. Are you interested in jus learning useless stuff simply to entertain you, there’s a podcast for you – and me too apparently.
My favourite podcast is called Stuff You Should Know by the media publication How Stuff Works. The two hosts of this US based podcast, Josh Clarke and Charles W “Chuck” Bryant, twice a week, pick a seemingly trivial topic and explore it in detail over around 45 minutes of light and entertaining conversation. They are excellent researchers and can make something as mundane as ‘How does Landfill Work’ seem really interesting – turns out it’s pretty cool, who would have thought.
For years I have been huge advocate of listening to podcasts in my spare time, even to a point that I rarely listen to music any more. (I can’t name any top 40 song or artist and wouldn’t be able to tell you my favourite genre). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike music, I just let curiosity get the better of me after listening to over 500 of Josh and Chuck’s podcasts about everything from clowns to socialism to dying.
Check out How Sushi Works as an example.
Make sure you check out their site at: stuffyoushouldknow.com
Always learning is something that I strongly believe in. It’s been so important for me over the years to fill my daily routine with opportunities to learn and understand new things. I know better than anyone that when you don’t give yourself new ideas and concepts to think about, your mind wanders to some pretty mundane places – YouTube vines. Studies have proven after years of research that your brain is just as much a muscle as your biceps and need to be exercised just the same.
Check it out for yourself, explore some interests, and use this tool so that you can one day be that annoying know it all in the hostel or dinner party.