29 Poolside Entertainment Picks For Your Summer Vacay: Podcasts, Mini-series and More

There’s no question about where you’ll spend hours lazing away when you’ve got your very own pool in your private villa in Samui. So you’ve got nibbles and libations aplenty – now all that’s missing in some poolside entertainment. Get some inspiration with our list below:


the tim ferris show

The Tim Ferris Show: Get insights into some of the most fascinating minds of our time through in-depth interviews conducted by Tim Ferris.

Tara Brach: Ph.D, psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening – Tara Brach’s audio clips will interest and inform individuals embarking on a jounrey to discover mindfulness and their spiritual self.

TED Radio Hour: ‘Fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create’ – these are words that best describe what TED Radio Hour’s about.

This Old Marketing: Think content marketing’s new? Think again. Telling stories is one of the oldest marketing disciplines – and This Old Marketing is a tribute to this fact. Each episode includes features in the content marketing scene, a one-minute “rant and rave” about a particular case in the industry and a discussion on a content marketing example from the past. A must-hear for content marketers.

Serial: Enthusiasts of crime series and mystery stories will be undoubtedly be hooked on Serial. It’s akin to an audio version of a thrilling Netflix crime drama – except that it features a true crime story, with ongoing investigations happening simlutaneously.


maria popova brain pickings

Brain Pickings: Follow where your curiosity leads as you peruse through the extensive archives on Brain Pickings. The brainchild of Bulgurian writer and critic Maria Popova, this blog covers multi-discplinary subjects ranging from art and philosophy, to scienc,e design, history and more.

Buffer blog: Read all about the latest social media tools, analytics and strategies on the widely read Buffer blog.

Marketing Land: A must-read for all marketers, Marketing Land features digital marketing and technology news covering a wide range of topics – from martech, social, search and mobile, to email, video and analytics.

CMO section on The Wall Street Journal: Keep abreast of the latest marketing, advertising and media news by following the content published on CMO Today.

Seth Godin: This well-known blog needs little introduction. Godin never fails to make a daily post, and this blog is a collection of his insights on marketing, respect and the ways ideas spread.

garance dore blog

Garance Doré: This blog comes filled with beautiful illustrations created by Doré, podcasts, videos, beauty tips, gorgeous fashion shoots, intriguing career interviews and light-hearted reads.

The Great Discontent: This print publication and online magazine features insightful and engaging interviews with those who create. It’s particularly inspiring for those working in creative fields.

Ways We Work: Get inspired by Ways We Work, a platform featuring a collection of honest and candid conversations with people discovering the rewards and challenges of doing the work they love.

Long Reads: Enjoy reading stories from an extensive selection of publishers, ranging from longform journalism, to short stories and interviews.

The Paris Review: Indulge your inner literary junkie with articles, art and in-depth interviews published on The Paris Review.

Summer reads

So Close: Amanda’s loyalty to Dave – a successful lawyer-turned-senator is tested when she learns about serious moral indiscretions he committed. Will she stay?

The Memory of Us: Travel back in time with this historical romance set in the 1940s as you unravel the family secret and moral quandary within. Julienne Westcott begins a forbidden romance with Kyle McCarthy, a groundskeeper training to become a priest, but as war breaks out and chaos ensue, the two will need to evaluate what they mean to each other.

I Almost Forgot About You: Feeling restless and stuck, Georgia decides to take the plunge, quitting her job as an optometrist and relocating to a new destination. These desicions present an opportunity for a brand new direction in life – and possibly, a second chance at love…

when breath becomes air

When Breath Becomes Air: When Breath Becomes Air is a moving and rivteing read written by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis, as he attempts to answer the question: What makes a life worth living?

Shantaram: Shantaram details the tumultuous events encountered by a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict as he makes a prisonbreak to flee to India.

Vagabonding: In the words of Tim Ferris: “Vagabonding easily remains in my top-10 list of life-changing books. Why? Because one incredible trip, especially a long-term trip, can change your life forever. And Vagabonding teaches you how to travel (and think), not just for one trip, but for the rest of your life.”

Light on Life: Gain insights from the wisdom of B.K.S. Iyengar as he takes you on the path towards a more complete understanding of the yogic journey with Light on Life.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The ultimate introduction to Tibetan Buddhist wisdom, this spritual classic has been described to be “the Tibetan equivalent of [Dante’s] Divine Comedy” – a book that explores the interplay of life and death in a comprehensive, practical and wise manner.

Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing: Gain an understanding into the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda with well-illustrated text.


Colony: Colony will strike a chord with fans of the drama series Lost. Also starring Josh Holloway, Colony explore the life of a fomer FBI agent living in a dystopian Los Angeles under a military regime.

lucifer tv series

Lucifer: Lucifer has retired as the ruler of Hell, and decides to take up residence in sunny California. He’s the owner of an upscale nightclub, has demon friends aplenty, and indulges in wine, women and song – until a turn of events stirs up unikely feelings of compassion and sympathy, leading Lucifer to discover that he too, might have goodness in his soul…

Mercy Street: Step back in time to the era of the Civil War with Mercy Street. This drama details the real-life evnts of volunteer nurses, doctors, enslaved African Americans and soldiers at the Union Army’s Mansion House Hospital in a Union-occupied Virginia town.

war and peace tv series

War and Peace: This six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel depicts the rise and fall of five aristocratic families during the decline of imperial Russia.

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