45 Favourite Travel Songs: Selected by our Fave Travel Bloggers
A song can transport you back to a certain time or place, inspire you to travel, or bring upon the wanderlust to pack up your bags and keep moving on. We invited 45 of our favourite bloggers to share with us their favourite travel songs and to let us know why the song is special to them. We have compiled all these songs into a mix that can be enjoyed and listened to on youtube. Whether you’re enjoying summer time right now or need some ‘summer lovin’ inspiration to get you away from the cold, we hope that these songs will transport you to that place. So sit back, crank up the music and press play. Enjoy the sounds of Summer 2011!
* Please note: All the songs are listed in the order that they were drawn from a hat. If the playlist embedded below shouldn’t allow to play all the songs, feel free to listen to them here *
1. Traveling Greener: Sonya is a guru when it comes to green travel news, trends and information. In her respected “Green Traveler” series she introduces travelers that are making a difference at home or abroad.
“Jungle Drum” by Emiliana Torrini
‘I’m constantly falling in love with new places, connecting with their people, cultures, landscapes… This song captures my feeling of love and joy of travel.’
2. Europe Up Close: Terri and Mike have been sharing their knowledge and passion for Europe travel on their website since 2006. They are the ‘go-to’ people if you want an ‘insider’ view when traveling in Europe. Check out their Europe Travel Tips.
“On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson.
‘There is something exciting about traveling to new places and Willie sums it up with this line ” On the road again, Goin’ places that I’ve never been, Seein’ things that I may never see again, and I can’t wait to get on the road again.” I am always ready to get on the road again (especially to Europe).’
3. Exile Lifestyle: Colin Wright abandoned corporate America, had a break up party with his girlfriend and is a minimalist that owns 51 items. He moves to a new country chosen by his blog readers every 4 months. Check out his talk at the 1st ever TEDx Phnom Penh event: Extreme Lifestyle Experiments: My TEDx Talk.
“When We Meet Again” by Nicole Reynolds.
‘This song is currently the first track on the playlist I listen to when moving from one place to another. It’s a feel-good song about the continuity of relationships, and it’s playful enough to keep me chipper about the possibilities of those relationships, even though I’ll be so physically far away from those people who matter so much to me.’
“We Are The People” by Empire of the Sun.
‘This is my favourite travel song as it does what a good travel song should do: it gets you through those long coach journeys with a catchy rhythm and lyrics. It’s a really upbeat song and I always feel in a great mood when listening to it.’
5. Twenty-Something Travel: Steph wants to encourage other twenty-somethings to extend travel in their twenties, whether it is a career break, a chance to work abroad or something entirely different. Her newest project that she came up with together with Michael from Art of Backpacking is a multimedia project called Everywhere Connection exploring the way we are traveling right now.
“Time to Move On” by Tom Petty.
‘I may be a twenty-something, but when it comes to travel music my tastes gear to classic rock. This song really captures the energy and excitement of starting a new trip.’
6. The Middle Finger Project: Ashley Ambirge’s blog is all about guts. She helps entrepreneurs get off their butts, find their focus, and get their dream business started. She is currently living in Chile (but moving on to Europe for Summer 2011) where she writes personality-filled copy for cool companies. Read The 67 Emotions of Online Success: My Story.
“Gypsy” by Shakira.
‘Right off the bat, the song that came to mind was Shakira’s “Gypsy” – mostly because of one line that represents exactly why I continue to travel and explore: “Walking gets too boring, once you learn how to fly.” In addition, the song, to me, embodies the spirit of everything carefree – and that’s how I feel when I travel. You realize just how small you are in this huge world, but paradoxically, you also realize how connected we all are. And once you feel that connection, it’s almost as if nothing else matters. You’re out there in the world, letting serendipity do its thing, and taking in every moment of it.’
7. Velvet Escape: When you think of the word ‘velvet’, words such as soft, plush, rich and sexy may come to mind. Keith wants to bring you into the world of Velvet Escape. Click through the breathtaking travel images that he shares in the Velvet Moments section of his blog.
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys.
‘A dreamy classic that never fails to get me thinking of escaping to a beach with powdery white sands, swaying palms, crystal-clear turquoise waters and cocktails.’
8. Nomadic Chick: Jeannie is a single lady on the cusp of forty who has given up her corporate job to follow her passions and become a travel writer and full time traveler. Make sure you bookmark her blog so that you can follow “The Summer Chick Tales” series and read along as she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime- the Ultimate Train Challenge.
“Home” by LCD Soundsystem.
‘The melodic beats swoop me into a state of happiness and this one line sums up travel to me: “And we can break the rules like nothing will last.” My life the past year has been nothing but breaking rules and living in the moment.’
9. Delicious Baby: Debbie talks about both the trials and joys of traveling with kids. The blog is aimed at very young parents who would love to travel with their children but don’t know where to begin. Highlights from the blog include the Kid-Friendly City Guides.
“Love Me Do” by The Beatles.
‘Somehow this song just sounds like summer to me. Plus it’s a fun song to sing along to when you have kids in the car. The lyrics are simple enough for even very young children to join in on.’
10. Maiden Voyage: A 20-something travel junkie and professional writer, Emily believes that there is no “right” way to travel. Whether it’s short term, long term, cheap or expensive she believes that every style of travel can broaden horizons. Check out her funny blog post about The Time I Knocked Over a Baby in Italy.
“Rental Car” by Beck.
‘It has a great beat and a fun, laid-back vibe. I like the idea of traveling until the road ends – going so far that there’s nowhere else to go.’
11. Europe A La Carte: Karen created her travel blog in 2002 to combine her love of travel with earning a living online. Her blog highlights essential places to see in Europe and allows you to explore the diverse continent with her. Check out the Travel Podcasts.
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynward Skynyard.
‘It reminds me of driving down the Pacific Highway from San Francisco to San Diego.’
12. Traveldudes: Great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to travels. Melvin from Traveldudes took this as inspiration and formed an efficient blog/forum that enables all fellow travel buffs to share their travel tips with one another. He created the travel hashtag #TTOT which is a weekly travel event on Twitter, where topics are chosen that don’t get dominated by sponsors who pay for it.
“One Love” performed by Playing For Change (originally by Bob Marley)
“One Love” by Bob Marley…. But played together by musicians worldwide. It’s just an awesome project: Playing For Change. The song is just beautiful… Imagine lying in a hammock and listening to it.
13. Global Grasshopper: Global Grasshopper is all about independent traveling and mixes the passion for travel, with a passion for photography and design. The posts are therefore sure to be accompanied by beautiful travel photographs that make you want to visit the described destinations immediately. Be sure to have a read of The most beautiful places to visit in Marrakech.
“Paris is Burning” by Ladyhawke.
‘This great electro pop/indie tune has a dreaminess and catchiness about it which makes it perfect for a journey or road trip. Of course it also mentions a great city and to me captures everything that is great about travel. It’s also the song I couldn’t stop singing along on my road trip honeymoon – definitely one of the happiest moments of my life so far!’
14. Runaway Juno: Juno calls herself “a travel blogger who designs the world”. She peppers her stories with humour and enthusiasm that is quite contagious. We absolutely adore her Juno Go Round, Tweet Up Couchsurfing RTW post.
“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay.
‘Some songs are great because of the brilliant lyrics and some songs just feel right because of the melody. This is a kind of song with a latter reason. There’s just something about this melody. It makes my footsteps lighter and faster.’
15. Traveling Savage: Keith is traveling the world one month at a time. His goal is to take eight one-month trips over the next two years. He is currently exploring Scotland and writing about his experiences there during his one month stay. We have to admit that it’s hard not get addicted to his captivating style of writing. Why I’m Going to Scotland and You Should Too.
“Prelude for Time Feelers” by Eluvium.
‘”Prelude for Time Feelers” is a disarming and epic piano ballad with electronic flourishes. Listening to it always puts me in the moment while I’m traveling and helps me to internalize the experience. It’s also fantastic writing music, which is another common activity for me while I’m traveling.’
16. Brendans Adventures: For Brendan, the world is his jungle gym. The result: A two year journey around the world that offers endless inspiration and still continues on to this day. His blog offers a mix of stories, photography, travel tips, and a list of the Top 100 Independent Travel Websites.
“In Exile” by Thrice.
‘For me it captures the essence of the long term traveler. Not only does it look at the beauty of it, but it touches on the difficulty of being a nomad without a home.’
17. Uncornered Market: Daniel and Audrey excel at drawing their readers in through vivid photographs and stories, connecting them with people and places they might otherwise never hear about. Their channels “Make Me Wander”, “Make Me Hungry”, “Make Me Think” and “Make Me Laugh” allow you to choose the content you are looking for by your mood! We especially love the Make Me Think channel which is filled with thought-provoking quotes to inspire you while you travel.
“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads.
‘Going old school. This song has been around the block, but it’s as relevant as it’s ever been. It’s timeless. It makes us laugh. And it’s quite possibly the ballad of the modern perpetual traveler.’
18. Lifecruiser Travel: Lifecruiser Travel Blog is the story of a Swedish couple who are passionate about travel, writing and photography. They escape the long Swedish winter months by cruising the world. All photos are taken by them and they combine this in their blog with personal anecdotes about their travel experiences. Recommended Read: Five Ways To Combat Culture Shock.
“The Road to Hell” by Chris Rea.
‘For us travel in itself is a road AWAY from hell – the every day life routines. This song tells you that the life you’re trapped in, is the road to hell and you cant get out. It’s a wake-up call for more freedom. Somehow it also reminds us about the Vikings with their urge to go on their plundering trips… Besides that: the music is very catchy, the guitar-playing is simply awesome and Chris voice so d*rn pleasant to listen too!’
19. Soul Travelers 3: Named “one of the best family travel blogs in cyberspace” by National Geographic Traveler, Soul Travelers 3 are a wonderfully creative and spiritual family of 3 who have been traveling the world with their daughter Mozart since she was 5. You can learn a lot about family travel on their blog. Here’s where they share their Top 10 Family Travel Tips.
“Born to be wild” by Steppenwolf.
‘As a family that has been on an open ended, non-stop world trip going on 6 years to 42 countries on 5 continents on just $23/day per person…what could be better? “Get your motor runnin’, Head out on the highway,Lookin’ for adventure, And whatever comes our way” and “Take the world in a love embrace” fits us to a T!’
20. Isabelles travel guide: Isabelle’s passion for travel has been channeled into a fantastic resource of information to help make your next holiday truly memorable. Sharing some great tips she has made during her time in the USA, Caribbean and Europe, Isabelle believes that every travel experience should be a wonderful one! Recommended Read: Top 5 Destinations.
“Surfin USA” by The Beach Boys
I like “Surfin USA” from the Beach Boys, always has a summer feeling to it and I`m a beach girl at heart, so the Beach Boys fit that bill perfect!
21. Traveling Canucks: Slightly addicted to world exploration, Nicole and Cameron want to show that it is possible to build a career and family AND travel the globe. We especially like their tips for round the world travel: Planning a Round-the-World Trip: 15 Things NOT to Forget.
“Jammin” by Bob Marley.
‘Whether you’re boarding a long haul bus or arriving at a new hostel, there is no better song (or artist) to help lighten the mood.’
22. Elliott: Christopher Elliott is a consumer advocate and journalist and is thus helping people to improve their holiday experiences. One of his note-worthy posts: Kicked out of my first-class seat to make room for a crew member.
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.
‘It evokes memories of the summers I used to spend with my extended family on the Jersey Shore. For some reason, that song got a lot of airtime every August in the early 80s. Come to think of it, it probably still does. Maybe it’s because it just feels like summer.’
23. Everything Everywhere: In March 2007, Gary Arndt set out to travel the world. Using photos, pod casts, twitter and personal anecdotes he gives us a unique glimpse into life as a traveler. Be sure to check out the ‘Favourite Places‘ section on his blog which features links to his favourite cities, museums, scuba sites, historical sites, natural sites, cuisines, buildings, drives, experiences and beaches.
“Love generation” by Bob Sinclair.
‘It was stuck in the CD player when I rented a car on Easter Island and I’ve associated that song with Easter Island ever since. It is a very worldly and global song which really deals with why we travel.’
24. Art of Backpacking : Michael is a backpacking guru that believes travel is about getting back to basics and going for what really counts: experiences. His blog provides you with all kinds of useful tips, explanations and stories for you to get your next backpacking trip started! The Art Of Backpacking With Only A Carry-On Bag.
“Corner of the earth” by Jamiroquai.
’Beautiful calming song that easily describes how I feel about the destinations I go to. The song makes me feel grateful for where I am.’
25. Hole in the Donut: Barbara Weibel left a successful, high-paying job at age 50-something to pursue what brings her joy- photography, writing and travel. Her stories are authentic and her specialty is cultural travel. We really enjoyed reading her Handbook for Travelers to Pokhara, Nepal.
“Why Georgia” by John Mayer.
‘He talks about leaving it all behind and just hitting the road, which is exactly what I did. Giving up most of my material possessions to hit the road was the most freeing experience, as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders, and this song helps me to remember that I need to follow my passions rather than the almighty dollar.’
26. The Planet D: Dave and Deb write the adventure travel blog for couples. Married for 13 years, they have found that traveling as a couple gives them a unique viewpoint compared to somebody traveling solo. Follow their adventures via The Mongol Rally.
“Home For a Rest” by Canadian Folk Rock band Spirit of the West.
‘This song is pure fun. It starts off slow with the lyrics… “You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best I’ve been gone for a week, I’ve been drunk since I left. These so-called vacations will soon be my death. I’m so sick from the drink, I need home for a rest.” Then it kicks into a high energy Irish drinking song where they sing about their vacation in London. Every time we hear it, we want to get up and dance. We’re heading to London next for the first time and I know that we are going to be singing that song whenever we enter a pub. “We never saw nothin’ but brass taps and oak, kept a shine on the bar with the sleeves of our coats” Hopefully we’ll see a little bit more then these guys did when we’re in London though.’
27. Solo Traveler: Janice first traveled solo when she was fifteen. She is an expert on traveling solo and takes great pleasure in sharing her experiences, skills and safety tips on her blog. Be sure to read her Solo Travelers Handbook.
“Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen
‘I’m a little old school when traveling solo. I like tunes that are familiar and comfortable. My favorite album for that is Leonard Cohen’s “The Future”. I first listened to it on a trip through Newfoundland in the early 90s and it has been with me ever since. I like every tune on the album. But when I have to choose only one song of his, it would probably be “Closing Time”.’
28. Unbrave Girl: Sally is a writer, traveler, cookie enthusiast and all-round scaredy cat. Since 2007, she has been working and traveling in Asia and is currently living in China. What we love about her writing is her honesty and that she is one of the funniest travel bloggers around. Have a read of the Big Girl’s Guide to surviving Asia.
“We Walk the Same Line” by Everything But the Girl.
‘A year and a half ago, I left my cushy, well-paying job and comfortable apartment in Japan and took a year off to travel and volunteer in Southeast Asia. Before setting off on that trip, I was terrified. Frankly, this is no surprise as it takes very little to frighten me. Heck, all I need is a wobbly ceiling fan to strike fear in my heart. The fact that I was going to be living in countries with spiders bigger than most Golden Retrievers was enough to give me heart palpitations. Prior to boarding the plane, my iPod played “We Walk the Same Line” by Everything But the Girl. There’s a line towards the end of the song that really spoke to me: “When we meet what we’re afraid of, we find out what we’re made of.” During my year of traveling and volunteering, I faced a lot of my fears (including, yes, lots of ceiling fans and spiders). But I survived and definitely discovered what it is I’m made of. (And, in case you’re wondering, I’m made of 40% junk food, 25% sweat, 20% beer, 10% frizzy hair and 5% bravery.)’
29. Nomadic Matt: Matt Kepnes has been traveling since 2005. His blog tells a story of his travels as well as being a handy resource for the long term budget traveler looking for good, solid travel tips. Whether you’re looking for advice on dealing with life on the road, booking a cheap flight or finding that decent but affordable hostel you’ll find it here. Recommended Read: Is This Really Travel?
“Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson.
‘The song may be cheesy but if you listen to the lyrics, it’s a good song about desiring to escape where you are and explore what the world has to offer. Before I went traveling, I heard it and it expressed exactly how I felt about leaving. I bet if people got passed that Kelly Clarkson sings it, they might enjoy it more!’
30. The Art of Non-Conformity: Chris Gillebeau writes about personal development, entrepreneurship and international travel. He encourages people that they can change the world in an unconventional way. He is also on a personal mission to visit every country in the world before he turns 35. If you would like to find out more about him, a good place to start is his free e-book
A Brief Guide to World Domination.
“Sleeping with the Lights On” by Teitur.
‘It captures the feeling of being alive and the sense of wonderment I hope to always have while venturing out around the world.’
31. Beers and Beans: Beth is a professional photographer and Randy is a professional journalist. Together they are traveling the world searching for interesting stories and people to interview. They are a great team which shows in the interplay of photo and writing in their posts. Recommended Read: Bernini’s Babies- St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican.
“Coming into Los Angeles” by Arlo Guthrie.
‘We like the folkie, upbeat tempo and the romanticized imagery of the 1960′s drug runner it creates in our mind.’
32. Almost Fearless : Christine Gilbert left her job as a corporate manager for a Fortune 500 company to start over her career as a travel blogger and writer. Along for the ride is her husband, Drew and their baby Cole. They have a new e-book available which her husband has written: Surviving the Indian Railway.
“Go Outside” by Cults.
‘Aside from the fact that it seems to have a tranquilizing effect on our 16 month old, who loves the song, it also reminds me to actually get outside and appreciate where I am. Though we are travelers, I can easily catch myself staying in and working my butt off all day, so any kick in the pants to leave the house is always a good thing.’
33. Prolific Living: Farnoosh’s blog is all about Smart Habits for Rich Living. She writes about how to be brave, let go of fear and take action in your life. That you have the tools to create your ideal life. Be sure to check out her new e-book the Fear-Crushing Travel Guide.
“I love Paris” by Frank Sinatra.
‘I have loved Paris even since I was a child, mainly from the influence of my grandparents and Mom when they lived briefly in France. The song “I love Paris” glorifies the love I feel for the city and especially since I have been there in the dreadful winters and still love it all the same. An eternal city and an eternal song.’
34. Jack n Jill Travel: Read the stories of a couple as they travel the world in search of adventures. Inspired by other travelogues, they created a blog to inspire and that is written with lots of love and care. Recommended Read: Into the Mouth of A Volcano In Colombia.
“Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd.
‘A long-time favorite of Jack, this song is perfect for long bus rides, especially one of those bus rides in Colombia where the sceneries were usually amazing.’
35. Wandering Earl: Earl once left the USA for a three-month trip to Southeast Asia. It’s now been over ten years and that trip has yet to finish. So far he has visited 70 countries and has been on the road for 4,202 days. His story about The Day US Customs Found A Bullet In My Pocket is essential reading.
“Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits.
‘It’s certainly not the most uplifting of songs, but its message is important to me as someone who spends their life constantly traveling. The message is that we are all brothers and sisters, everyone on this planet, and yet, we allow our silly differences to lead us to war and to even kill each other. I listen to this song before I began any new travels in order to remember that my goal as a traveler is to try and eliminate the misconceptions and assumptions that divide us from those who are, in reality, the same as us.’
36. Life Out of a Suitcase: Nithya has never been a fan of the 9-to-5 work thing and is breaking out of that mold. We always like to check out her interview series where she profiles the experiences of 20 something women expats and travelers.
“Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams.
‘‘This song is the definition of summer with its catchy lyrics, light and fun beats and not to mention it is a complete sing a long song!’
37. Cumi & Ciki: A food, travel and adventure blog that interviews talented chefs, spotlights the hottest restaurants and offers recommendations for food and drink experiences all over the world. Be sure to follow them on their eating trail. Where would they take you if you came to Malaysia? Take a look: 10 dishes I would take you to eat if you came to Malaysia!.
“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin.
‘It’s my ALL time favourite! Robert Plant’s lyrics were inspired by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of The Rings. The references are to the adventures of the Hobbit, as he goes to “the darkest depths of Mordor” and encounters “Gollum and the evil one.” So basically this song says, when you go on a long and sometimes difficult journey, you need to always persevere, and to always keep going and never quit. Isn’t that fabulous? Not to mention that Led Zeppelin, the Stones, the Beatles happen to be the biggest bands of all time and my favourites! LOL!’
38. y Travel Blog: Caz and Craig’s travel blog offers insider travel tips from over 10 years of round the world travel. Whether you need help in planning your travels, you’re interested in working abroad or you want to know where they are and what they’re up to their blog always offers something new.
Recommended Reading: 11 Places We Could Live Around the World.
“Solace Amongst the Sin” by Xavier Rudd.
‘This is the best song to listen to while swinging in a hammock with an ice cold drink at sundown on a beach in Thailand. The first line of the song, “Farewell to the West and welcome to the East” and further into the song, “Farewell to the West now, my mind is open to the East. To all the new faces, new minds and things to see…. you will see me through the colours as the sun sinks in the sea” shows just why it is a great travelling song. And we also met Xavier Rudd on our travels in Washington D.C at a small concert he put on in a coffee house. Great memories.’
39. The Vacation Gals: Three professional travel writers- and mums- offer expert advice on Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways and Romantic Escapes. Each year, they take at least 45 trips for business and pleasure. Recommended Reading: Australia and Stupid Tourist Questions.
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
Jennnifer: ‘I live in Los Angeles now, so nearly every time I get in my car it feels like an adventure in gridlock. But I grew up on the east coast and am forever a Jersey Girl at heart. I go back 3 times a year including August. When I’m driving around NY, NJ and Long Island, windows down, picking up my old childhood friends to spend the day at the beach, the best song for that moment is Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run. Turn up the volume on that sax solo, feel the wind through my hair, and I could be a teenager again.’
40. 2 Backpackers Aracely and Jason Castellani dropped out of the rat race to travel around the world. They like to seek out new adventures and have been sky diving, bungee jumping, hang gliding, scuba diving and whitewater rafting. They like to share their experiences through adventure videos. Recommended Video: Volcano Boarding in León.
“Dust in the wind” by Kansas
‘Depressing, I know. But, when I look out the window of a bus and see all natural landscapes passing by, the song just seems so fitting. “Nothin last forever, just the earth and sky.” I think that’s true, so we better get out and see the world and realize we aren’t really that important, we are just dust in the wind.’
41. Inside the Travel Lab Abigail is testing out the the Art & Science of Unusual Journeys. Visit her blog if you like reading stories with heart alongside lush photos and videos. Recommended Read: Skydiving: My First 60 Second Freefall.
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins.
‘I’m going to go for the cheesy old Danger Zone track from Top Gun because it relates to flying and the above skydiving post from my blog.’
42. Location Independent Lea and Jonathan Woodward have been working remotely from different locations around the world since 2007. Places they have lived include Buenos Aires, Toronto, Panama, Granada, Dubai and South Africa. There website offers tools and resources to help Digital Nomads live and work from anywhere. If you’re interested in being location independent, be sure to check them out. Recommended Reading: How to Make Money with a Blog with Less Than 1000 Subscribers.
“Weepin” by Josh Groban
‘This song evokes lots of good memories of our time in South Africa. It’s been one of our favourite places to live in our journey so far and we’ve spent around 9 months there in total over the past 4 years. We didn’t discover this song until after we’d been there but it’s become one of our most-played songs wherever we go.’
43. 501 Places:
Andy is a freelance travel writer from the UK who travels as often as he can. The content on his blog is always intelligent and full of good advice. Recommended Reading: 10 Reasons Why Travel is a Waste of Time.
“The Long And Winding Road” by The Beatles
‘Whenever I hear this song I’m always taken back to a train journey from Narvik in northern Norway to Rovaniemi in Finland. It was 1987, I was 18 years old and I had to choose my music cassettes carefully for my Walkman. This was a perfect soundtrack for the many hours of endless pine forest that I watched through the window of the train that day.’
44. The Indie Travel Podcast: Craig Martin hosts the Indie Travel Podcast along with his wife Linda. They have recently released the Art of Couples’ Travel: Your guide to long term travel together. You can get a free sample at Amazon.
“Hitchcock” by The Phoenix Foundation
‘This song builds slowly to a triumphant yet better-sweet conclusion. It’s multilayered and a bit unorthodox, joyful and teasing … just like any trip worth taking. I love it, although it’s not my normal style of music.’
45. Go, See, Write: Michael Hodson is a lawyer turned travel buff. In 2008, he set himself a goal to circumnavigate the world without stepping onto any planes. Recommended Read: Castara, Tobago: an undiscovered gem wrapped in awesomeness wrapped in paper cliché.
“Strange Love” by Depeche Mode
‘I love this song for one main reason — it gets my head and heart going. The beat is upbeat and gets me moving. And I move a heck of a lot with my overland travel schedule.’
**** As an Extra Bonus we added 10 more summer songs selected by the pocketvillage crew and our greatest fan. Enjoy! ****
46. Ritza : (pocketvillage’s greatest Fan)
“Island in the sun” by Weezer
‘I love beaches. I grew up in the “ocean country” indonesia and I love beaches more than any other landscapes in the world.’
47. Florian (pocketvillage co-Founder)
“So schmeckt der Sommer” (This is how summer tastes) by Edward Reekers.
‘South of France in August, my friends and me traveling, partying until the sunrise. 2 weeks camping at the sea, swimming trunks, flip-flops, incredible freedom. This was the taste of summer 1999.’
48. Martin (pocketvillage co-Founder)
“I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow“ by The Soggy Bottom Boys.
When I was travelling by bike from Passau to Budapest with some friends, we were listening to this song every day.
49. Jann (pocketvillage co-Founder)
“Long Way Round” by Stereophonics.
‘Ever since watching ‘The Long Way Round’ with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, the soundtrack has accompanied me on all of my travels. It’s just the perfect song for traveling through the world .’
50. Stefan (pocketvillage co-Founder)
“Il Traffico de Roma” by Radici nel Cemento
‘Rome for me is the most beautiful city in the world and I try to go back at least once a year. This song is about how absolutely bad the traffic in Rome is. Which makes living there difficult but only adds to the charm for visitors.’
51. Carina (pocketvillage Communications)
“Ojala que llueva café” by Juan Luis Guerra’s.
‘It’s my fave for three reasons: 1. it’s refreshing to listen to somebody wishing rain when the weather is hot 2.Great metaphor: the prayer in the song to let coffee rain on the domenican republic’s coffee plantation, so that the workers there don’t have to hunger and thirst. 3. Love to dance merengue and can’t sit still when listening to this song.’
52. Petina (pocketvillage Communications)
“Me gustas tu” by Manu Chao.
If I could only bring a soundtrack by one artist on my travels, Manu Chao would be it. He’s a global traveler himself and rarely stays in one place for long. In “Me Gustas Tu”, he lists all the things he loves- travel, the wind, the sea, running, marijuana, Colombia — and you. He sings in French, Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, English and Wolof.
53. Katja (pocketvillage Communications Intern)
“Wenn jetzt Sommer wär” (If it was summer now) by Pohlmann.
‘It’s got a real laid back tone and reminds me of a great summer I had! You can also listen to it in the winter and look forward to the summer!’
54. Laura (pocketvillage Communications Intern)
“Where Them Girls At” by David Guetta Featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj.
‘This song makes me feel so happy even if the sun is not shining. It just makes me feel like going out, enjoying life…’
55. Lachezar (pocketvillage IT Intern)
“Schatzi schenk mir ein Foto” by Mickie Krause (Darling, give me a picture!)
It reminds me of people having fun together while drinking beer on Stuttgart’s Fruehlingsfest.