Audible – The Newest Must Have Travel Accessory

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For someone who has been travelling internationally for just under a decade, I like to think I know most if not all of the accessories that make travelling easier and more enjoyable. But there’s one new must have travel accessory I have only just encountered, so I’m writing this post to ensure you too know about it as my latest find for a must have travel accessory.

Introducing Audible: on my radar for the latest must have travel accessory

When I heard about Audible, the words ‘more productive and informative way of learning’, were enough to get me interested… and after experiencing the product itself, I’m hooked.

Audible lets you listen to digital spoken audio instead of traditional means of reading books, magazines and newspapers. The experience is thus enhanced learning, but also allows you to experience a book, magazine or newspaper whilst engaging in other activities, such as running or walking around a new city. I know what you’re thinking – why didn’t I think of that? I had the same thought.

For something that sounds so simple, it really is quite extraordinary. It’s also addictive – I’m on my second book this month already!

What is Audible? Why haven’t I heard of it?

My first two questions are undoubtedly yours, too. So before I tell you about my Audible experience here are the basics…

As with any new advances in technology, as humans we tend to be inherently tentative to try new things. That’s why Audible have put forward a free trial to let you discover for yourself just how much you’ve been missing out on.

Benefit from time you didn’t know you had: Take boring times like waiting in lines or long drives and turn them into enjoyable, productive time.

Put simply, you will turn countless wasted minutes, hours, and days of your life into productive time spent learning and broadening your knowledge. That’s what it comes down to in this day and age – being more productive, more knowledgeable, and more educated.

As someone who has always loved reading and learning but found it difficult to find the time due to being on the road full time, Audible is my logical answer to becoming more productive and utilising every spare minute of my time instead of wasting minutes that turn into hours and days of my life.


My first Audible experience

So I’ve told you how much I love the concept, but how did I get so hooked?

After hearing about Audible and the introductory offer, I jumped straight on the case. Being a fan of The Hunger Games movies but not having read the books, I took this as the perfect opportunity to ‘read’ the final installment.

Being a full time travel blogger, I have plenty of time to kill in transit, on public transport, and waiting in endless queues. Previously this has essentially been wasted time, as I will pass hours on a plane on my laptop, but I can’t exactly sit at a high-end restaurant by myself with my laptop open or reading a book, although I will admit to having done so previously.

So I took this opportunity to start my Audible experience and listen to the final installment of THG over dinner. I then found myself hooked, listening to the book on the treadmill of my hotel gym and finally on public transport. These times where I had previously ‘killed time’ listening to music or fiddling around on my phone deleting photos, I was now engaging in a book I was genuinely interested in.

After listening to the book over 12 hours of otherwise wasted time throughout my two week visit to Hong Kong, I went back on the website to see if there were any other books taking my fancy. As it turns out Audible were one step ahead of me, offering suggestions of what else I would like based on my purchase, items I had viewed, and what was trending this week. I now have a list of three books to get through in the next month: Eat, Pray, Love; Bittersweet; and The Fault in Our Stars.

There are over 100,000+ titles so I’m sure it will be a while before I run out of options, but I’d love to hear from you – what are your favourite books I should add to my Audible reading list?


Please let me know in the comments below!

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    Adam @ Round the World we go
    July 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    What a brilliant idea, going to give this a go over the weekend. Well worth sharing this with us!

    July 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I LOVE Audible!!! It’s definitely a must have app.

    July 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I second the Harry Potter recommendation!! But podcasts are also great. I spend allll my free time listening to them.

    July 27, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I adore Audible, I’ve been on a listening rampage for the last 18 months or so. I listen to lots of stuff but the Game of Thrones series of books has been great becuase the story just sucks you into that world. I’m also quite fond of most anything read by James Marsters. It doesn’t matter what the book, the man is the best story teller and his voice is not painful to listen to.

    July 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I love audiobooks. First purchased the 2nd and 3rd books of Girl with Dragon Tattoo series, to finish off ‘reading’ before my Stockholm trip 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve always purchased audiobooks especially when I’m off to move and drive 3-6 hours away every 3 months or so. See more of my destinations @

    Andy Cao
    July 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I use Audible at work to keep my mind from wandering…

    I would definitely recommend Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.” It’s a really inspiring story about “the journey” of following one’s dream. Great for travelers. Also, Coelho’s “The Manuscript found in Accra,” while not exactly a story, is full of really good quotes and perspectives on life and love. His books are not particularly long. “The Alchemist” is a little over four hours, while the latter around two hours.

    Dan Brown’s series with Robert Langdon (Da Vinci Code, etc.) is a good listen. There are four books as of now. The plot line is engaging, although somewhat predictable. My favorite part about his books is the insider knowledge of the cities the plots are set. It’s fascinating to learn about secret societies and hidden parts of the likes of Rome, Paris, London, and Washington, D.C. The last one was set mainly in Florence(:D) with stops in Venice and Istanbul.

    I am a big fan of 19th century French literature, so Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas are good choices. Les Miserables is my favorite. Not sure if you seen the musical or any of the movies, but if you need something substantial, Les Mis is the way to go. Up to 60 hours, depending on the version, unabridged. Hugo does go on a lot of tangents about French society, history, and social issues at the time, which I found fascinating, but if that’s not you thing, you can always go abridged for a shorter version. There are those who believe it’s “the greatest story ever told,” and I must agree.

    The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin if you are a fan of Game of Thrones. I think it is up to 200 hours with all five books available.

    You can also relive Harry Potter, which is never a bad idea. I have Jim Dale (US version), but I hear the Stephen Fry narration (UK version) is very good as well.

    Hope that helps! Happy listening!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    July 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

    That is a great topic. I read the article hole. It was full of info about to enjoyable TRAVEL ACCESSORY.

    July 25, 2014 at 4:33 am

    This just sounds amazing, and I’m definitely going to try it out!! I’m a bit of a bookworm and can most certainly recommend “Me before you” by Jojo Moyes and “The Girl you Left behind”, also by Jojo Moyes. If you loved The Fault In Our Stars (like me) John Green has written several other amazing books such as “Looking for Alaska”. I hope you will concider these 🙂
    Btw – Thanks for an inspiring blog!!

    July 25, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth” is a must-read (or in this case, must-listen!). It’s a long book, but you will attached to the characters. Everyone I’ve ever recommended it to has loved it! (There’s also a follow-up book / not-quite-a-sequel – “World Without End” that is also fantastic!)

    Suzi Davenport
    July 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Anything by John Green is amazing, but my favorites by him are Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska. Also, I saw on the app that you’ll be coming to Atlanta soon! I would love to meet you, maybe grab an ice cream or something? I have a place in mind, just let me know if you’re interested and when you’ll be in Atlanta!

    xoxo Suzi

    July 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

    The Goldfinch! It is 30+ hours! but great on Audible! And if you like The Fault in our Stars, and of course you will, try Finding Arizona, by the same author. Happy Travels!