My top travelling songs

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Best travelling songs for your first adventure

One thing I love about travel is the amount of time it hands to you for reflection. What compliments deep thoughts and spiritual awakening on an adventure? Music! Here, I’ve collected my favourite travel songs. The ones that bring back memories, speak to me about globetrotting and the things you learn on the road, or just serve as the perfect soundtrack for long journeys.

My summer travel playlist

  1. Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition



Settling in for another long bus trip to the next town on New Zealand’s South Island, this was my go-to track as the wheels crunched out of our last destination. Vocals that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and music that gets you pumped for the next mystery town – Sweet Disposition will always remind me of speeding through the breathtaking Kiwi landscape.

2. Clean Bandit – Rather Be


Sunburnt skin, salty hair and the tangy aftertaste of Chang. This track was played at every beach party in Thailand while I was island hopping with my best friend, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than back there without a care in the world with her by my side.

3. Paolo Nutini – These Streets


My favourite Scottish crooner wrote this song about moving to his hometown of Paisley to London, and I listened to it nonstop when I moved from my wee rock in the Irish Sea to Edinburgh for University. Into the Big Wide World. Edinburgh turned out to be a not so big city, but when I ‘moved’ to New York for a few months, the lyrics really hit home. Also, Paolo’s voice. Wow.

4. MGMT – Time to Pretend


“I’m feelin’ rough I’m feelin’ raw I’m in the prime of my life.” If only we could bottle that feeling and keep it forever. That heady acknowledgement that all we have is the present so we need to forget about the rest and live while we’re young. Does any song sum that up better?


5. Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone

Cliche I know. Listen to this while you’re in transit and you’ll feel like some kind of lone wolf, a maverick who can’t be tamed.

What are your favourite travelling songs? Where do they remind you of? Leave your favourite tracks in the comments so I can add them to my playlist!

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  1. September 22, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    I’ve always thought Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is one of my favourite travel songs. My friends and I always end up belting it out on a road trip which is potentially quite painful to the ears but it’s fun 🙂 I love Sweet Disposition too, it reminds me of being in Australia 😀

  2. October 13, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Love your playlist! Though we are more into American country music. 🙁 Too bad we can’t get that here in Germany. Oh well! We shall live.

  3. October 14, 2015 / 1:58 am

    I, too, love music when we’re on a road trip. Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” is one of my favs as well as Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Canadian Railroad Trilogy’. Both at great songs for driving through the countryside.

  4. October 15, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    more of this blog post, pls! haha I love music, too! <3

  5. October 16, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    My favorite songs from trips and my favorite music are not usually the same (at least not until I hear the song on a trip). I love “What Does The Fox Say?’ by Ylvis because it got popular while I was in Italy a couple of years ago and we would sing it during particularly challenging parts of our trip just to remind ourselves that travel challenges are, often, fairly ridiculous. And now when I hear it, I’m so happy.

  6. October 17, 2015 / 10:53 am

    So many great travel songs, “On the road again”, Ramblin Man, “Highway to Hell” and I will stop there as I probably showing my age 🙂

  7. October 18, 2015 / 11:42 pm

    MGMT just exports me back to the summer. We saw Clean Bandit at SXSW this year, must have only been about fifty of us in the crowd. Winning.

    • Dannielle Lily
      October 22, 2015 / 10:05 am

      Jealous! I bet that was amazing Gemma. I need to see them soon!

    • Dannielle Lily
      October 22, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Ooh I forgot about Maroon 5! Another definite favourite 🙂