12 songs to add to your travel playlist

It is easy to underestimate how important music is when traveling.

Music can keep you calm when things get stressful, pass the time on long, boring layovers, or just help you avoid the standard distractions and mild annoyances that are an unfortunate side-effect of getting to where you are going.

Whether you carefully put together an artfully curated travel playlist or just stick your music player on shuffle and hope for the best, music is (perhaps obviously!) the best soundtrack to your adventures!

So when you are putting together your packing list for a cruise, or ticking off your to-do list for your next overseas adventure, don’t forget to download this ultimate travel playlist so you can keep listening wherever you end up!

1. Route 66 – Nat King Cole

Conjuring up a simpler time when heading out on the open road across America was the ultimate adventure, Route 66 is the epitome of the travel song genre. 

2. I’ve Been Everywhere, Man – Johnny Cash

The Man in Black’s ode to wandering is guaranteed to spark wanderlust. He might have been everywhere but we defy you to listen to this awesome country tune and not want to see some of the places mentioned.

3. Africa – TOTO

A karaoke classic, this uplifting ballad by Toto also makes a wild adventure to Africa seem like one of the most exciting vacations possible, an ode to the massive and exciting continent.

4. Riders on the Storm – The Doors

A timeless, haunting classic perfect for gazing out of a rain spattered side window of a long distance bus or train. 

5. Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons

A moving, folksy anthem for nomads in both the literal and figurative sense. 

6. Havana – Camilla Cabello

The swaying, sensual rhythms of this ode to Cuba’s capital are guaranteed to bring you to your feet and onto the dancefloor…but also to inspire you to plan a trip to this wonderful city

7. On the Road Again – Willy Nelson

A rolling, rambling epic that is the perfect accompaniment to road trips and long journeys, Willy Nelson’s lyrics are the ultimate soundtrack to an adventure, or the best way to inspire future explorations.

8. Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul, and Mary

The words might be bittersweet but there’s no getting away from the beauty of this song. The sentiments are also great for anyone in the middle of planning their next vacation. 

9. Postcards from Italy – Beirut

A bittersweet melody about longing for happier times, this is one of those gems of a song that can make the listener feel heart wrenching nostalgia for a time they didn’t personally experience. 

10. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and The Papas

When it comes to thinking about sun-drenched beaches or new adventures, this 60s classic from the Mamas and the Papas is magnificent – the quintessential summer daydream track and a brilliant part of any travel playlist!

11. Mykonos – Fleet Foxes

Listening to this wistfully melancholic tune about the idyllic Greek island conjures up images of someone walking along a sandy beach in this mystical region at sunset – and that someone could be you!

12. The Passenger – Iggy Pop

Written by Iggy Pop allegedly aboard Berlin’s S-Bahn, this punk classic’s quirky rhythm brings to mind the up-and-down nature of travel.


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