When you’re traveling alone, nothing is as relaxing as putting on your earphones, and listening to music while enjoying the sights you visit. As an audiophile, I’ve used many different headphones and earphones during my travels, but there are definitely a few that stand out far beyond the rest, and here they are. For the best travel headphones:
Best Headphones Overall
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose is a famous company well known for making headphones and speakers with great quality sound. Last year, they released the QuietComfort 35, a wireless Bluetooth version of their noise cancelling headphones. Without a doubt, these are my favorite pair of headphones. They’re light, so even when you wear them for a long time, your neck doesn’t get sore. They look great, and the fact that they’re Bose, is like wearing the Nike of headphones.
But most importantly, these are the golden standard of sound quality and noise cancelling. The bass isn’t overdone, and you can clearly hear all the highs and lows. The noise cancellation also works very well, it makes the roaring sound of an airplane engine sound like a very quiet hum in the background. Finally, the Bluetooth is great as well, the delay that is present in nearly all Bluetooth headphones is unnoticeable here. They are quite expensive, but well worth the money. These are the highest quality and best travel headphones I have ever used. You can grab a pair on Amazon here:
Best Budget Earphones
TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Earlier this year I purchased TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. These earphones were pretty cheap, so I had my doubts. But these things pack a punch. I’ve used Bose’s Noise Cancelling Earphones, which are $250, and I can honestly say, the sound quality on these headphones are just as good. The only difference is that the Bose earphones looks a bit better, and the active noise cancelling is a bit better. However, for $45, you can’t beat this. You can grab it here on Amazon:
Best Lightweight Headphones
A month ago, I gave in to the hype and got a pair of the Apple AirPods. These are super popular and completely out of stock on the Apple website, but I was lucky enough to find a pair in a reseller store when I was visiting Bulgaria. Since I’ve used the default earphones that come with Apple iPhones in the past, I didn’t have high expectations for the sound quality. However, I was blown away by the AirPods. While the sound quality isn’t as good as something you’d get in a Bose product, such as the QuietComfort 35, it is quite exceptional. The bass is solid, and the quality is definitely better than the regular Apple earphones.
But most importantly, the fact that it is wireless is what makes it a game changer. No longer do you have to wrap your earphone wires around your iPhone, and no longer do you have to deal with earphone wires breaking after weeks of use. Instead, you put them into a slick charging case that is very portable. Even though the AirPods are a bit pricey, they are worth every dollar. For the sound quality, and how portable and light it is, without a doubt, it is the best lightweight pair of earphones I have ever used. Currently these are out of stock on Apple’s website, but you can grab a pair on Amazon here if you want it now:
So here are my recommendations for my favorite and best travel headphones, if you have any other headphones that you recommend, let me know in the comments!
To see what else I carry with me during my travels, check out my Ultimate Trip Packing List!