Over the past months, both Erikas and I have been listening to podcasts and audiobooks. I used to read (real/paper books) while commuting. Before we moved to our current place, my commute was about one hour long – one way, which gave me a lot of free time to read. And since I don’t have motion sickness, it was a perfect way to use this time which would have been wasted otherwise. Since we moved to our new place, both of us spend less time commuting and so we found new ways to enjoy the short commute! Let us introduce you to our favorite audiobooks and podcasts!
We wanted to write this article together as both of us are listening to different things and have different interests as well. But on the other hand, some of the podcasts we listen to are the same and that’s great for our evening talks! The titles we are mentioning below are our favorite podcasts and audiobooks but we do listen to other stuff too sometimes. And you know what, we are always on the hunt for new ones! So feel free to share with us your favorite podcasts and audiobooks!
I (Héloïse) don’t listen to audiobooks at all. It actually makes me really sleepy and I cannot focus on someone reading for me. So, I listen to a lot of podcasts as I enjoy the discussion and dialogue between people. Often very dynamic, I find it perfect to start the day, but I also really enjoy them when going on a walk. I also tend to listen to a lot of podcasts in French so don’t be surprised to see some French titles here below!
French Expat Le Podcast [French]
A podcast recently started by two fellow French, either expat or ex-expat. I am really happy I found this one as not only it is dynamic, it is also very interesting to discover stories of other (French/French speaking) expats all over the world. You hear about their stories, the reasons why they move and arguments for the choice of a country. And as a bonus point, you get to hear about cool places to see or go to where they live!
Why do I like it? I always find it interesting to hear about other people’s stories and experiences. Especially, because I can relate to some situations and it makes me feel like I am not facing some challenges alone. It is also really cool to assign a voice and a story to people you “meet” on Instagram and sometimes chat with!
Link to the podcast: https://www.frenchexpatpodcast.com/
Expat Heroes [French]
Somewhat similar to the above, Expat Heroes was also founded by an expat. On this podcast, different things are talked about and the emphasis is put on tools to make one’s expatriation better and easier. This is all about making expatriation successful, learning from mistakes and growing abroad.
I really enjoy this podcast as it gives a lot of confidence to expats. It shows that everything is possible and that with effort, everything is achievable. It is really helpful when you think that you are stuck in a situation, thinking that the only available option is to return home etc. In addition to these tools offered, you get to virtually visit the countries or cities interviewees come from!
Link to the podcast: http://expat-heroes.com/
Les quarts de siècle [French]
Probably one of the most inspiring podcasts I’m listening to! Les quarts the siècle (meaning quarter of a century) is about introducing young and successful people around 25 years old. These people are prosperous in a number of ways and it is clearly inspiring! Whether they are bloggers, travelers, entrepreneurs, etc., their stories will inspire you to become better and achieve things in your own way.
Why can we relate to this? In fact, this podcast made me realize that we are all able to achieve great things in life, that living abroad is an adventure of every day and that if one wants to create his company – it is possible. This podcast shows that because you are young, you can achieve different things and the key learning point here is that self-confidence is often what it takes to become successful!
Link to the podcast: https://www.facebook.com/lesquartsdesiecle/
The Ground Up Show [English]
One of my favorite podcasts in English. Very dynamic, it is often the one I listen to when I need comfort and confidence. This podcast offers a lot of interviews with professionals on a variety of topics. These topics mainly touch upon personal development and minimalism, which are things that can be applied in our daily life.
Both Erikas and I are listening to this podcast as we are trying to implement some of these minimalistic aspects in our lives. Being more mindful about the things we do and buy but also better ourselves. This podcast touches upon everything our generation needs and helps us to deal with fears or anxiety as well as gives entrepreneurial advice. Please listen to this one, as it is really one of our favorite podcasts of all time!
Link to the podcast: https://mattdavella.com/podcast
The Poorly Planned Podcast [English]
Encouraging baby steps. This is what I keep in mind when listening to this podcast and try to apply it on a daily basis. This Canada-based podcast is just like talking with friends and discussing about so many topics!
Why do I like this podcast? Because you can really relate to it, as it shows that everyone has fears, doubts and of course is not perfect! They also show that you can achieve things by starting small and then grow and develop, whether it is for yourself or your business.
Link to the podcast: https://www.instagram.com/poorlyplannedpodcast/?hl=en
I (Erikas) became a huge fan of audiobooks in the last year. Whether traveling or commuting, it is just a great way to learn something new and develop yourself. While I also enjoy easy and entertaining content, rather often I find myself reading books that shock me and make me rethink my values or perception of the world. Thus, below you can find my top picks from both categories.
Vagabonding (An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel) [English]
Since traveling is one of our passions and basically the reason why we work, inevitably long term travel has crossed our minds. In fact, it became a goal. This book was a great inspiration, in which the author shares simple, yet crucial tips to make this happen. From saving money to administrative and psychological aspects – it has it all. On top of that, a lot of stories of people who have done this are shared in the book. I think the main takeaway was that it’s possible to go vagabonding for everyone. Dismiss your background, circumstances or economic situation… The time to do this is NEVER perfect. However, if you really want to, it’s definitely achievable.
Get the book: https://amzn.to/2qwCAsT
The Richest Man in Babylon [English]
This book is simply a classic of financial management. Even though I have always managed my finances quite well, it reminded me of some ground rules that our generation very often forgets. Buy, get more and bigger, take a loan, worry later. These are the principles than many young adults follow these days, however this way of living won’t bring you far. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone, in order to understand the fundamentals of money and how to deal with them.
Get the book: https://amzn.to/2WM1cKm
Four hour work week [English]
If you are dreaming of escaping the so-called rat race one day or would just like to learn to manage your work in a much efficient way – this book is an absolute legend. Tim Ferries talks about how much time is actually wasted at work and what are the reasons for it. Additionally, it gives suggestions on how to be more efficient, how to outsource your work or simply how to communicate about certain tasks. He tries to break the rules which very often are taken for granted. Read it and I’m sure you will start questioning why do you work this way.
Get the book: https://amzn.to/2qwCdhZ
1984 by George Orwell [English]
This is simply a masterpiece. The book has been published in 1949, however, it is relevant now more than ever. In fact, many say that it might actually talk about the present time. Originally, the author tried to depict the future of 1984, showing the totalitarian regime, complete citizens’ surveillance and an enormous level of propaganda. It tried to portray that what we know is just an illusion as history is constantly changed. On top of that, every human’s step is watched and there is simply no way out. If you like to question society and the way we live, this is something for you.
Get the book: https://amzn.to/2NT2wak
The almost nearly perfect people, Behind the myth of the Scandinavian utopia [English]
We actually both read this one and absolutely loved it, however it is also available as an audiobook. Scandinavia is often taken as a model for education, society, and general development. Yet, this British journalist (which happens to be married to a Danish woman and living in Copenhagen) shows the other side of living in this, arguably, perfect place.
It talks about history, culture, social norms, recent events and basically explains why these countries appear in this particular way. This book is divided into chapters by country, which gives a better and deeper understanding of each place. We really recommend you read it, especially if you live in Scandinavia, think about moving here or have family living in this part of the world!
Get the book: https://amzn.to/36zKp1z
We hope that you enjoyed this article about our favorite podcasts and audiobooks and that it will either inspire you or at least help you going through the dark and cold winter days!
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