Noise Canceling Headphones for Business Travelers

Noise canceling headphones are a must for frequent travelers. They are the best way to tune out obnoxious passengers or crying babies when traveling or simply tune out everything going on around you to focus on a report or catch up on sleep. According to Wikipeida, noise canceling headphones are different than passive headphones because they reduce ambient sounds using active noise control.

There are number of noise canceling headphones on the market. Our top noise canceling headphone picks for 2016 are:

Bose QuietComfort 25

The Bose QuietComfort 25 is ranked the Best Noise Canceling Headphones by CNET. Bose noise cancelling technology monitors the noise around you and cancels it out, helping you focus on what you want listen to. Headphones work the best with Apple. Some remote features do not work with Android or Windows phones.

Features travelers will love include:

  • Fold up, compact carrying case
  • 35 hours of use powered by AAA batteries
  • Ability to keep running (a bit lower quality) after the batteries die

Bose QuietComfort 20

The Bose QuietComfort 20 are similarly ranked by CNET to the Bose QuieComfort 25, and perhaps a more appropriate size for travel. The in-ear headphones are compact in size, yet highly effective in noise cancellation.

Features travelers will love include:

  • Only weighs 1.5oz
  • Compact carrying pouch
  • 16 hours battery life, charged by Micro-USB
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Beats by Dr.Dre

The Beats by Dr.Dre Studio Over-Ear Wireless Headphones are comfortable and light weight.  The sounds is great and a CNET reviewer mentioned clear sound during calls on a busy street in the wind. For anyone who takes calls in the airport, this seems like a major selling point. Available in 5 colors at Neiman Marcus.

Features travelers will love include:

  • Fold up design
  • 12 hour batter life, wireless and 20 hour batter life when plugged into device

Noise Canceling Headphones on Sale

We found a few noise canceling headphones on sale!


Business Travel Life

Business Travel Life is an online resource supporting the road warrior lifestyle. We give business travelers the tools they need to maintain their wellness and productivity when traveling. The topics we cover include business travel tips, travel workouts, healthy travel hacks, travel products, general travel tips, and industry trends. Our goal is to make business travel a healthier experience – and to make healthy travel practices more accessible to all road warriors.

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Kristina Portillo, CPT, MS

Kristina is the founder of Business Travel Life. Her love of fitness and travel unified to create a resource for business travelers and road warriors who want to take a healthier approach to business travel. She has traveled for business on and off for the past eight years. Kristina received a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and received her Bachelors of Arts in Business Marketing from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

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