Kimberly Deese of the Travel Squad Podcast: How to Drive Podcast Bingeability Through Co-Host Banter and Humor

Tracy Hazzard
Authority Magazine
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10 min readDec 22, 2020

Kimberly Deese, host of the Travel Squad Podcast.

We prioritize making the episodes fun, and light with great banter that keeps our listeners interested.

As part of my series of interviews about “5 things you need to know to create a bingeable podcast”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimberly Deese.

Kimberly is the co-host of the Travel Squad Podcast, a fun weekly travel show. Kimberly has a career in digital public relations, is a podcast and media fanatic, and avid travelers. After first leaving the country at 26, she has since visited 12 countries and taken countless national park and weekend trips. The podcast started in 2019 to inspire people to travel, show how to do it affordably while working still full time, and capture the fun and excitement of travel.

Thank you for joining us in this interview series. Can you tell us a bit of your “personal backstory? What is your background and what eventually brought you to this particular career path?

My college degree is in PR, I’ve worked in PR and digital marketing for seven years and I’ve always loved media of all forms. I became obsessed with podcasts and travel four years back and was inspired to start a travel podcast of my own after seeing a need for a younger voice in travel to bring excitement and comedy to the space.

Can you share a story about the most interesting thing that has happened to you since you started podcasting?

I was on a first date in my hometown of San Diego at a speakeasy that you entered by sitting at a table that spun around to enter the hidden bar. While getting ready to turn on this table someone walked up to me and asked, “Are you Kim from the Travel Squad Podcast?” It was so surreal to be recognized from the podcast!

Can you share a story about the biggest or funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson or takeaways you learned from that?

The first episode we ever recorded we didn’t press the right record button and lost the whole thing! We were so defeated, trying to start a podcast without any audio recording or editing…

Tracy Hazzard
Authority Magazine

Podcasting Expert Strategist; Host of 7 top podcasts: The Binge Factor; New Trust Economy; Feed Your Brand; Product Launch Hazzards; WTFFF?! Podetize Co-Founder