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
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!