Load up your iPod with these 10 songs; a custom-made playlist I put together for adventurous travellers like you.
In This Travel/Music Article You Will Discover:
- Classic Songs for Travellers
- Songs to Inspire
- Songs For Introspective Types
- And More…
Whether for inspiration or introspection, music and travel go hand-in-hand. Here are my picks for the 10 Best Songs for Travellers:
Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder
Best For: Heading into the wilderness alone.
Part of the soundtrack to the film Into the Wild, this song by living-legend Eddie Vedder seems to encapsulate all the wonder and power of nature.
Good Life — One Republic
Best For: In-flight vacation anticipation.
This feel-good tune from pop superstars One Republic is the new traveller’s anthem — fun, light and self-satisfied.
Born to be Wild — Steppenwolf
Best For: Hitting the open road on two wheels.
This tune reeks of being an overplayed, outdated classic rock staple — until you scream the lyrics inside your helmet while riding a motorcycle way too fast. Then you’ll understand.
Weighty Ghost — Wintersleep
Best For: Hippie backpackers the world ’round.
This lesser-known, jangling, funky song conjures up images of restless travellers and restless lives.
Roam — The B52’s
Best For: Road-tripping with friends.
“Roam if you want to/Roam around the world.” ‘Nuff said — but to me, it’s the fun, spirit-lifting melody of this song that really makes it a travel favourite.
Redemption Song — Bob Marley
Best For: Late night campfires on any beach, anywhere.
Maybe it’s simply the international, borderless spirit of Bob Marley that makes this one a traveller’s favourite, ‘cause lord knows the song ain’t about vacationing.
Heading for Nowhere — Jets Overhead
Best For: Staring out a bus window into a strange land.
A relentless beat and point-perfect lyrics make this track perfect for anyone who is as the song title says. Oh, and I know the drummer. NBD.
Wagon Wheel — Old Crow Medicine Show
Best For: Hitchhiking with no set destination.
Modern bluegrass sound with an inescapable hook helps this song from OCMS inspire the vagabond in all of us.
Wish You Were Here — Pink Floyd
Best For: When you’re feeling homesick.
Be careful how homesick you are before playing this mood-depresser — you may just sit down and cry right there.
Paper Planes — M.I.A
Best For: A “particular” type of travel…
Fans of the song will know what I mean. Regardless, M.I.A’s tongue-in-cheek, “rebel-rousing” tale of international drug runners is perfect even for the wanna-be outlaw. (We all know it’s meant to be an ironic statement about the stereotyping of minorities, right?)
What is your favourite travel song?