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My Ultimate Travel Playlist for the Road

Necessary for travel: the ultimate playlist

I was recently asked to co-host a twitter chat with Passion Passport all about music and travel, and I jumped at the chance!

The two go so hand in hand for me, and just like how music can take you back to high school, to a break up or a triumph, it is the fastest way to go back to a place you’ve visited too.

If you’re like Macca, you’ve got a 1st generation iPod that is home to over 18,000 songs and goes with him everywhere. If you’re like me, songs come and go and I’m constantly surprised by albums or track I’ve long forgotten.

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When you hear a familiar song on Spotify, it’s like a surprise little easter egg: a memory of travelling past.

One of the fellow travellers I talked to on our twitter chat linked me to her blog where she went through her travel playlist, and it inspired me to do the same!

So I’ve curated a list of songs from various trips, various times in my life that will hopefully either inspire you to travel or take you back on the road, too.

No – they’re not all “traditionally” travel songs, but for me they carry the spirit of travel and that’s why they’re on the list. It also made me realize how hard it is to choose just a few, so I may need to do a part two of this post!

Want to know the memory connected to a particular song? Just ask..

My Ultimate Travel Playlist

  • LP – Into the Wild
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
  • Solange – Losing You
  • Maggie Rogers – Alaska
  • All Saints – Pure Shores
  • Kungs Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
  • Sugar Ray – Spinning Away
  • Paul Simon – Graceland
  • Lord Huron – Time to Run
  • Bahamas – Lost in the Light
  • The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1
  • The Head and the Heart – Rivers and Roads
  • Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
  • Led Zepplin – Tangerine
  • Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  • Solange – Mad
  • M83 – Kim & Jessie
  • Mychael Danna (Life of Pi Soundtrack) – Pi’s Lullaby
  • Neil Young – Tell Me Why
  • Passion Pit – Take a Walk
  • Lana Del Ray – Video Games
  • Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
  • Life of Leisure – Feel it All Around
  • Youth Lagoon – Cannons
  • Enrique Iglesias – Bailando
  • The Kinks – This Time Tomorrow
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
  • Shankar Jaikishan – Title Music from Merchant-Ivory’s film “Bombay Talkie”
  • Bon Iver – Holocene
  • Modest Mouse – The World At Large

Pop on over to Spotify to listen to my list here!

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About the Author

  • Brianna Wiens

    Brianna Wiens is an actor, director and photographer who has worked for a number of theatre companies over the years. She has also started a new drama programme in Bolivia as well as travelling all over the world.