I Lived by OneRepublic
This song is not only my favorite travel song, but my travel creed. It inspires me to push myself, to go further, and to truly live life to its fullest extent. At the end of my days, I want to be able to look back and say “I Lived.”
“I owned every second that this world could give. I saw so many places, the things that I did. With every broken bone, I swear I lived.”
Sound of Change by Dirty Heads
Traveling brings a sense of change to my life. I am never the same having returned from abroad. I think this song, focusing on the inevitable change in our lives is a perfect way to get pumped up about how a trip will change us for the better.
“Here and now, the horns are playing. The victory sound, I live in the now. The sky is my home, and I live in the clouds. Now or never, bound forever. Making the change, making it better. I live for this shit, I love the pain. It’s part if the journey, it’s part of the game. I’ve been alone in the dark and the rain. I’ve seen the end and I wasn’t afraid. I’ve been in tears and I wasn’t ashamed. I hear a sound and the sound that I’m hearing is change.”
Cecelia And The Satellite by Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
To be honest, I’m not sure I have a great reason to say this is a travel song. Sure, it mentions a few cities, but to me, it just has a “flying through the air” sound to it. It’s relaxing, soothing, and is in a prime spot on my playlist when I’ve reached cruising altitude somewhere over the Atlantic.
“I’ve café crawled through Amsterdam. I’ve been around the world with a punk rock band. And I’ve seen London, and I’ve played Japan. I’ve been knocked down, I got up again. For all the places I have been. I’m no place without you.”
Manzanitas by Trevor Borden
This is another song that just has a travel feel to me. Listening to Manzanitas, I feel a sense of adventure and wanderlust. Similar to I Lived, it gives me a push to go out and explore while I still have the chance.
“Where are we going? When will we get there? Is there an age to call complete?”
Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez
This is one of those songs that I’d start listening to right as I begin final approach to an European airport after a sleepy transatlantic flight. It’s got a nice slow tempo for waking up and inspires a sense of wonder or curiosity about my approaching destination. Plus, it was featured in the wanderlust inducing movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
“But there is a truth and it’s on our side. Dawn is coming open your eyes. Look in