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The best podcasts for your Christmas road trip

In a year when it has been nearly impossible to see friends and family, we know just how important the festive season is going to be for everyone. We want to make it as easy and safe as possible for you to rent a car and visit loved ones for Christmas. Our vehicles are available to rent 24/7 during the holidays and our keyless technology means you don’t have to worry about arranging a drop-off with the car owner – it all takes place through our App. Find out more about renting at Christmas here.

To keep you entertained while you’re driving home for Christmas and truly get you into that festive spirit, we made a list for you – and you may want to check it twice, whether you’re naughty or nice!

Here is the ultimate Christmas Road Trip Podcast Playlist. (Phew, that’s a mouthful.)

It’s A Wonderful Lie

This new comedy podcast has been specially put together for the holiday season by the host of uber-popular true crime podcast Ashley Flowers and takes a closer look at those “holiday newsletters” you always receive from friends and family reminding you just how great life has been for them over the past year. Comedians Holly Laurent and Greg Hess conspire to imagine the messy stories behind those seemingly perfect letters, from the boring to the bragging.

Fake Doctors, Real Friends

As if the nostalgia of returning home for Christmas wasn’t enough, this podcast by Zach Braff and Donald Faison – aka J.D. and Turk from cult- hit TV show Scrubs takes you behind the scenes of each and every episode, as Zach and Donald introduce guest stars from the cast and recount their own experiences re-watching the show 20 years later. To channel that festive spirit, we recommend listening to episodes 111 (“My Own Personal Jesus), 210 (“My Monster”) and 310 (“My Rule of Thumb”) , where Zach and Donald discuss what it was like creating those iconic Scrubs Christmas episodes.

You’re Wrong About

If you have the sort of family that insists on outsmarting each other at any given circumstance, this one’s for you. Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall are two journalists obsessed with the past and this podcast is all about public events that we all seem to misremember. Together, they re-examine key moments and figures in history, from Koko The Gorilla to Marie Antoinette, with the sole purpose of discovering the real truth behind them all. Their most recent series is all about Princess Diana, so if you’re done binge-watching Season 4 of The Crown, you can top up your knowledge with the help of Mike and Sarah.

My Dad Wrote A Porno

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know that this award winning podcast by Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine has taken the podcast world by storm over the last 5 years. And it really does what it says on the tin: Jamie’s father has written an (unintentionally hilarious) amatuer erotic novel series, which the three friends read aloud and provide commentary for, chapter by chapter. What you might not know, however, is that they also post a Christmas episode every year – a spin-off, so to say, penned by Jamie’s dad, who writes under the pen name Rocky Flintstone. This year there’s even two episodes and, in true Rocky fashion, they’re absolutely awful.

Off Menu

It would be hard to imagine a Christmas without a proper feast on the table and this podcast by comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster is sure to make your stomach rumble in anticipation as you drive down the motorway. Each episode, the two hosts invite a popular figure in UK culture, from Louis Theroux to Claudia Winkleman, to tell them what their all-time favourite starter, main course, side dish, drink and dessert are in an imaginary restaurant where anything is possible.

The Thing About Pam

Now, it wouldn’t be a comprehensive podcast list if we didn’t include a bit of true crime, would it? This NBC series covers the five-year Dateline investigation into the murder of Betsy Faria. Here’s your seasonal twist: it all takes place just two days after Christmas, in 2011. Betsy's husband is immediately charged and convicted but his appeal of innocence sets off an unbelievable chain of events that proves the old adage: the truth really is stranger than fiction.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Queen of the self-help memoir, award-winning author Gretchen Rubin’s (“The Happiness Project”) podcast has had over 112 million downloads. And with good reason: Gretchen is unique in her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humour and clarity, so they are accessible to everyone and easier to implement throughout everyday life. Topics of conversation range from New Year’s resolutions to a full-length reading of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, so there really is something for everyone packed into this pod.

Song Exploder

Now a new Netflix TV series, Song Exploder has a brilliantly simple premise: artists discuss a song of theirs, breaking down what went into the writing and recording process. And host and producer Hrishikesh Hirway has got everyone on board – from Billie Eilish to Tame Impala to Sheryl Crow to Fleetwood Mac. Each episode is only around 15 minutes long, so you’ll be able to cram in a fair few during your drive!

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